ISOCARP Cyber Agora #3: Place Leadership


17 September 2020,  13:00 – 14:00 UTC (15:00 – 16:00 CEST)


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Who can join?

ISOCARP members, Planners, Designers, Thinkers, Students, Decision-makers, everyone that has a passion for the city and city planning!

Who will host the session?

This time the event will be curated by Juanee Cilliers in collaboration with Ulrich Graute (ISOCARP Scientific Committee)


What will we reflect on?

Place matters, since place constitutes similar problems differently (Sotarauta et al., 2017). As Planners we understand the value of well-planned places and sustainable spaces. The current “decade of action” now necessitates that we step up as Place Leaders which can represent our places and spaces more broadly in a shared development effort. Place leadership is often referred to as being cooperative or collaborative, because of the challenge to deal with a variety of stakeholders and vested interests in places (Horlings et al., 2018). Place leadership is focused on human relationships and the social processes to create livable and sustainable places. Place leadership can be both formally and informally, which makes it possible to create a shared development vision and work as connector between different actors.

In this global Cyber Agora session, we will reflect on Place Leadership, how to be a Place Leader, the key elements of Place Leadership (communication, trust, perseverance, flexibility, and the ability to connect different worlds and logics) and why Place Leadership is crucial in quest of sustainable development.

Join our open discussion and become part of the generation of Place Leaders!
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Who are the invited speakers?

The main invited speakers for the debate are Prof Caren Scheepers and  Prof Marianne Matthee from Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria.

How can I participate?

Everyone is highly welcome to participate in the event. If you have experience in the field, a strong opinion, or important questions that should be raised during debate do not hesitate to contact us at

  • Keynote Speaker: Caren Scheepers

    Caren Brenda Scheepers is an Associate Professor on Contextual Leadership and Organizational Development and Change at the Gordon Institute of ...
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  • Keynote Speaker – Marianne Matthee

    Marianne Matthee is a professor and full-time faculty member of the Gordon Institute of Business Science where she lectures in macroeconomics. ...
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