The World Towns Framework: A Call to Action


Davison Porter I, Lawlor D, McInroy N, Parker C, Prentice P, Sparks L & Warnaby G (2017) The World Towns Framework: A Call to Action. Journal of Place Management and Development, 10 (5), pp. 504-520.

In June 2016 Scotland hosted the inaugural World Towns Leadership Summit. This was the first gathering of practitioners and thought leaders on a global scale, focusing on what needs to be done to secure the future of our towns. It agreed on an international framework to achieve this goal. This paper outlines the Summit’s context, reproduces the resulting framework document, and indicates how academic research informs its content. The paper concludes by articulating the next steps in this ongoing process, issuing a “call to action” to individuals and organisations to use and to contribute to the future development of the World Towns Framework (see

towns; place identity; local economies; inclusive growth; place leadership; citizenship

Journal of Place Management and Development: Volume 10, Issue 5

Publication date31/12/2017
Publication date online04/12/2017
Date accepted by journal03/10/2017