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    Toward ecological place management in UK housing associations: organising tomorrow's places

    Vandeventer, James Scott, Lloveras, Javier and Warnaby, Gary ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6696-6671 (2023) Toward ecological place management in UK housing associations: organising tomorrow's places. Journal of Place Management and Development, 16 (1). pp. 105-124. ISSN 1753-8335

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    Purpose The purpose of this paper is to conceptualise how place management practices in UK housing associations (HAs) involve processes of ecological place management. Design/methodology/approach Ethnographic fieldwork focusing on how communal spaces are organised on a housing estate in a UK city revealed the importance of negotiation with other actors, including an HA which is responsible for managing the estate. The authors draw on extensive participant observation with residents, as well as interviews with both residents and employees of the HA, to show the wider forces and complexities involved in these ecological place management practices. Findings This paper identifies hybrid socio-ecological, socio-political and political-economic dynamics unfolding as places are managed and organised. These widen the scope of place management research and practice to account for multiple ways places are organised. Research limitations/implications This paper offers a critical perspective on place management, developing an ecological approach that is applicable both to the relatively new context of housing and to more established sites in town and city centres. Practical implications This paper’s findings point to ways that housing and place management practitioners, both in the UK and elsewhere, can use an ecological approach to re-frame their strategic and practical actions with regards to “place”. Originality/value This paper contributes to unveiling the complexity involved in place management and organisation, thereby encouraging place managers to embrace ecological thinking capable of addressing future challenges.

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