Professor, author and renowned public speaker, John Rennie Short is an expert on urban issues, environmental concerns, globalization, political geography and the history of cartography. He has studied cities around the world, and lectured around the world to a variety of audiences.
John Rennie Short is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland (UMBC).
Before coming to UMBC in 2002, he was a Professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. From 1978 to 1990 he was Lecturer in the University to Reading UK. He has held visiting appointments as Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University, as the Erasmus Professor at Groningen University and as the Leverhulme Professor at Loughborough University. Among his research fellowships are the Vietor Fellowship at Yale University, the Dibner Fellowship at the Smithsonian, the Kono Fellowship at the Huntington Library and the Andrew Mellon Fellowship at the American Philosophical Library.
He has received research awards from the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, National Geographic Society and the Social Science Research Council. Dr. Short's main research interests are in urban issues, environmental concerns and cartographic representation. He is the author of over 30 books, 20 invited chapters to edited books and over 40 papers in such journals as Area, City, Environment and Planning, Geoforum, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Journal of American Planning Association and Urban Studies.
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered military personnel to occupy Manila-claimed islands and reefs in the disputed South China Sea. His plan to build structures and raise the Philippine flag on some of the disputed islands is unlikely to sit well with China, which lays claim to almost all of the South China Sea.
Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with Dr. John Rennie Short, a political analyst and author, and professor of public policy at the University of Maryland. “This is very strange because...(CLICK TO HEAR INTERVIEW)
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The 2016 election is about the very legitimacy of the system. Putting this rancorous and divisive presidential election aside, trust in the federal government in general has been...(CLICK FOR THE ENTIRE ARTICLE)
A majority in the U.K. voted to leave the EU. But a look at the geography of the vote provides another angle on the result and insights into the political geography of the Disunited Kingdom. The vote laid bare a seldom-acknowledged political and economic imbalance within the country. It has also raised the chances of dissolving a more than three centuries-old union.
Want the economy to grow? It’s time to look at cities and efficiency. The economy is a hot topic in the presidential debates and is among the top public concerns. But the “economy” is a loose and hazy notion and, for politicians, a convenient place to make promises. Even the solutions are pitched at a high level of abstraction... (click for the entire "Conversation")
"This year and this day – the United Nations' World Cities Day – we should remember that the city is back. Across the globe there is an urban resurgence. In fact, it is of such major and global significance that I have described it as a Third Revolution, after the invention of cities around 5,000 years ago and the second linked to the Industrial Revolution." CLICK FOR THE COMPLETE ARTICLE
The mass media are filled with images of desperate refugees struggling to escape civil unrest. But it is not only the poor and the displaced who are on the move. The rich, especially from countries such as Russia and China, are also leaving their home countries, but they are not faced with (more)...
July 28, 2015 - The mayor of Boston announced this week that he won’t support the bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, scuttling the city’s chances of hosting the Games. Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles – the other cities who competed to represent the United States – are understandably frustrated. But really, the mayor’s reticence makes sense. The Summer Olympics are one of the... CLICK FOR MORE
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by John Rennie Short, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; in The Conversation, 2015-09-23 09:36:34 UTC
The International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences recently posted a 6-page article of mine titled, "City Marketing," with this Abstract:
Since the 1970s city marketing has grown in size and importance. A historical contextualization considers the selling of the frontier city, the resort, the suburb, and the industrial city. The article explores the symbolic reconstruction of cities through a discussion of strategies and tactics of city marketing. Marketing strategies include the promotion of the postindustrial city, the global city, the business city, the good city, the green city, the cosmopolitan city, and the city of culture. The tactics of city marketing include namings, slogans, logos, and the construction of iconic buildings. The article discusses what city marketing reveals about social power in cities.
The 6-page article can be downloaded as a pdf for a $31.50 fee, set by the publisher of the paper, by clicking this link. I also touch on this same theme in my recent 296-page book Urban Theory 2nd ed available from Amazon in paperback at from $37.00 to $47.00.