1.61 - Community Development in Urban Regeneration Projects: The Contribution of Participatory Processes

Project Description

Public participation has been given a considerable attention in the planning research and practice in the last decades. Although the practice of public participation has been developing over the last years, evidence about its effects is not as strong as one might expect. These deliberative practices have been promoted as tools to influence neighborhood governance and to contribute to the physical improvement of the neighborhood, In the other hand, participatory processes are seen in specific initiatives as a potential stimulator for community development and positive social outcomes, it is argued that it contributes in closing the gap between disadvantaged communities and society. Attaining these aims is confronted by limitations and barriers, that varieties in different planning systems and scales, from a global tension that exists between the participatory governance new reforms and the representative modes of governance, to more local limitations that are related to the commitment of agencies and the mistrust among different stakeholders. This results in high levels of uncertainty. Inaddition, the evidence on which these processes are able to deliver social benefits for these disadvantaged communities is far from being clear, it is highly contextual and dependent. In these terms participation processes often fail to achieve its planned objectives and outcomes. To meet the challenges stated before, this document, elaborated in the scope of the “Thesis Project”, presents and describes the research proposal to develop a PhD project. Therefore, we propose a Qualitative Research Methodology that is basically built on conducting two case studies of public participation processes in urban regeneration initiatives within two disadvantaged neighborhoods in Portugal and France. By so, we intend by this research to contribute in defining the potential by which participatory processes can incorporate desirable social outcomes within its practice and contribute in achieving the objectives of community development among disadvantaged neighborhood in regeneration projects. In this way, defining influence factors, and how this could contribute in achieving meaningful and effective public participation processes in future urban regeneration initiatives.

Research Team
  • Aymen Boudebouz
  • Anabela Salgueiro Narciso Ribeiro (supervisor)
  • Isabel Breda-Vásquez (co-supervisor)
Financial Support
  • FCT financial support Stage of Progress
Stage of Progress
  • Started in September 2017