Retail Aspects in Urban Geography and Planning II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Business Geography Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group, Economic Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Bacchus, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Herman Kok, Barbara Hahn
Chairs: Herman Kok


The relationships between retail development and urban development in contemporary cities remain under-researched in the academic and policy literature. While there is a lot of research and literature on urban planning and urban development, and also significant literature on retail trends and expansion, there is a limited amount of research and literature combining the two.

This while retail developments are often a complex and emotional element in urban planning decisions, and retail development often shapes planning policies which in their turn affect retail development.
Cities as places of consumption are increasingly competing to each other, and the position of retail, gastronomy and leisure integrated in market and meeting places plays a crucial role.

In many cases, retail as driver of meeting places and community centers, is an important trigger for urban revitalization, both from a functional point of view and a feasibility point of view. If well positioned and conceptualized, retail, gastronomy, and leisure can be an asset that can inspire innovation and creativity; create cities that are more liveable and harmonious; and make cities more competitive. On the other hand, retail development without vision and planning guidelines can pose significant challenges for the quality and functioning of cities, and can impact existing trade and social structures. At present, retail plays a limited role in academic discussions in urban geography and planning.

This session aims to bring together scholars from a variety of contexts who are working on these themes connected to retail in different parts of the world. The organizer himself is professional and scholar involved in urban geography and retail real estate. We expect to include not only theoretical and conceptual papers but also comparative case studies that show how policy-makers and planners are approaching retail and leisure in urban development and revitalization. Papers that examine the impacts of policy and planning on the function of cities as places of consumption are also welcomed.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Herman Kok Meyer Bergman 5 3:20 PM
Presenter Adam Davis*, University of California, Santa Barbara, Commercial Neighborhood Attractiveness and Exclusion 20 3:25 PM
Presenter Yang Bao*, University of Arizona, Beyond Food Desert: the Importance of Market Structure, Consumer Characteristics and Travel Behavior in Food Access 20 3:45 PM
Presenter David Jensen*, University of Northern Iowa, Social Disparities and Socio-Economic Conditions: A Food Desert Analysis of the Greater Des Moines Area 20 4:05 PM
Discussant Steve Millington Manchester Metropolitan University 15 4:25 PM

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