Studies in East London, Liverpool, Nottingham and Teesside focused on residents’ perceptions of their neighbourhoods and their aspirations. All four projects were concerned with the neighbourhoods’ physical and social qualities and how these interact. In particular, they looked at the strength of social networks, the extent of both formal and informal activity, and how residents themselves view their future prospects.
In addition to reviewing the four research projects, this study provides a useful commentary on recent literature on the concept of neighbourhoods. The authors conclude by suggesting how the projects might influence future policy development.