Social cohesion and urban inclusion for disadvantaged neighbourhoods

Ray Forrest and Ade Kearns

Over the last decade, the JRF has carried out considerable research on what works in regenerating disadvantaged neighbourhoods. This comprehensive report reviews four recent projects which set out to discover the views of the residents themselves.

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.



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