A Community-Based Approach to Sustainable Urban Regeneration: The LUDA Project

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It is generally recognised that past interventions to combat area-based deprivation have proven to be far too piece-meal, lacking the integrity which is needed for cities to tackle the poverty and social exclusion experienced by large urban distressed areas (LUDAs). This paper breaks with this tradition by examining what can be done to target LUDAs and make the actions taken by cities to regenerate the affected neighbourhoods and districts sustainable.

In this aim, the paper offers a strategic framework, protocol and set of assessment methods to sustain the regeneration of LUDAs and sets out the toolkit available to support such neighbourhood and district-wide rehabilitation actions. This draws attention to how the toolkit can be used to tackle the poverty and social exclusion of LUDAs and combat the area-based deprivation experienced by the inhabitants of the affected neighbourhoods and districts. How the toolkit helps sustain the actions underlying such neighbourhood and district-wide rehabilitation programmes is presented under the title of: a community-based approach to sustainable urban regeneration and serves to outline the findings of the LUDA project.


Keywords: Large Urban Distressed Areas, Sustainable Urban Regeneration, Community, Deprivation, Poverty, Social Exclusion, Integrative Strategy, Framework, Protocols, Assessment Methods, Decision Support System, Neighbourhood, District
Stream: Sociology, Geography
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Community-based Approach to Sustainable Urban Regeneration, A,


Prof. Mark Deakin

Director of Centre for Learning Communities, Napier University
Edinburgh, Lothian, UK


Sam Allwinkle

Director, Lifelong Learning, Napier University
Edinburgh, UK


Ref: I08P0466