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Urban Regenerationand Socio-Economic Sustainability:A Role for Established Small Food Outlets
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE). KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.
Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham.
2010 (English)In: European Planning Studies, ISSN 0965-4313, E-ISSN 1469-5944, Vol. 18, no 10, 1653-1674 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years, the challenges of urban regeneration and sustainability have been brought together in discourses concerning the re-shaping of inner-city districts of large cities.Currently, sustainable development in regeneration policies is mostly dominated by theenvironmental dimension and qualities of the built environment, with some focus on the moreeasily quantifiable aspects of social and economic dimensions. There is, however, limited discussion about integrating socio-economic aspects of sustainable regeneration in the literature.This paper presents a critical exploration of the role of the existing small business base infacilitating more sustainable urban re-development from a socio-economic standpoint. Indigenous food outlets in Birmingham’s Eastside district—a re-development initiative branded as exemplar of sustainable urban development—are used to illustrate the role of small businesses in the dayto-day life of districts undergoing regeneration. The paper reflects on challenges and benefits from retaining and supporting established businesses throughout the re-development process and concludes with some reflections on lessons learnt from the case study. It argues that planners,policy-makers and developers should accord greater attention to the role of established businesses to foster urban districts that strive towards integrating aspects of socio-economicsustainability.

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Routledge , 2010. Vol. 18, no 10, 1653-1674 p.
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Social Sciences Civil Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-27619DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2010.504348ISI: 000281893800006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77956744877OAI: diva2:378608
QC 20101216Available from: 2010-12-16 Created: 2010-12-16 Last updated: 2010-12-16Bibliographically approved
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1. Identifying Strategic Initiatives to Promote Urban Sustainability
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Identifying Strategic Initiatives to Promote Urban Sustainability
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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is thesis explores the overarching topic of the capacity of strategic urban development decisions and initiatives (including planning initiatives) to positively and powerfully influence the ability of a city to promote sustainable patterns of development. The work is presented in six scientific papers, the first four of which focus on the development of an inter-disciplinary conceptual framework and research methodology. The concept of Situations of Opportunity and its related Field of Options is proposed as a means to identify and analyse periods in the growth of cities when urbanisation can be more easily managed so as to promote sustainable development goals. Historical studies in the cities of Stockholm, Dar es Salaam and Curitiba are used to develop the methodology. Another paper looks ahead and refines the methodology in combination with future studies, presenting a research strategy that employs Situations of Opportunity as a means to identify and explore periods in the future urban growth with significant potential for change. Building on the method developed, the remaining two papers consider the social dimension of sustainable development and how it can be promoted in the urban context, during ongoing Situations of Opportunity. The concept of social sustainability is reviewed and discussed from two different disciplinary perspectives (urban development; companies and products), exploring commonalities and differences in approaches, and identifying core themes that cross disciplinary boundaries. A case study of Eastside, a brownfield redevelopment site in Birmingham (UK), reveals how the retention of established small food outlets can provide opportunities for promoting social sustainability goals in an urban regeneration area. Overall, this thesis provides a better understanding of how transformative change can happen in cities. The Situations of Opportunity concept developed here can be a helpful way to study strategic initiatives that promote sustainability in cities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2010. 44 p.
TRITA-SOM, ISSN 1653-6126 ; 2010:18
sustainable urban development, transformative change, research methodology development, situations of opportunity, field of options
National Category
Environmental Management
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-27625 (URN)978-91-7415-822-9 (ISBN)
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2011-01-20, Sal F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, KTH, Stockholm, 09:00 (English)

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Available from: 2010-12-16 Created: 2010-12-16 Last updated: 2014-05-23Bibliographically approved

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