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Place-Based Leadership and the Inclusive City


Photo: Professor Robin Hambleton presented at the Global Cities Institute Headquarters in Toronto on April 15, 2015.

The Global Cities Institute (GCI) hosted the Place-Based Leadership and the Inclusive City event with Professor Robin Hambleton in Toronto.


In his book, Leading the Inclusive City, Professor Hambleton presents seventeen inspiring Innovation Stories, drawn from cities in all continents, to underpin the argument that place-based civic leadership, when combined with radical social innovation, can help to create inclusive, sustainable cities.


Professor Hambleton’s presentation explained the concept of an ‘Innovation Story’ and drew out lessons for policy makers, activists, and scholars.  He argued that international, city-to-city learning and exchange is developing a powerful way of advancing the creation of more inclusive cities, notwithstanding the continuing pressures of placeless power.


Robin Hambleton is Professor of City Leadership in the Faculty of Environment and Technology at the University of the West of England, Bristol and Director of Urban Answers – a UK based company. He has worked in local and central government in the UK, held professorial positions in urban planning, city management and public administration at universities in Britain and the USA, and provided consultancy services to public authorities in many countries. He was the founding President of the European Urban Research Association (EURA) and was Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago