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Implementing empowerment projects in urban neighbourhoods: actors and interactions
Uyttebrouck, Constance; Schelings, Clémentine; Van Doosselaere, Stéphanie et al.
2023In Town Planning Review, p. 1-26
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Keywords :
urban renewal; neighbourhood governance; community empowerment; intermediary actors; interactions
Abstract :
[en] Local governments support community empowerment in urban neighbourhoods through citizens’ active participation in urban renewal. While specific actors implement empowerment goals using dedicated instruments, implementation gaps remain, partly due to a lack of knowledge of neighbourhood governance. Our study aims to understand the actors’ roles and interactions in four cities of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine, combining action research and comparative case-study analysis. Our results illustrate contrasting approaches to empowerment, influenced by cultural and institutional contexts. Local governments that play an enabling role adopt a project-based approach involving internediaries and dedicated governance tools, making it possible for citizens to become co-producers. In contrast, facilitative governments adopt a neighbourhood-based approach relying on third-sector actors and consultation instruments, less favourable to community achievements, unless well-established citizen networks are present. Through the improved understanding of actors’ and institutional settings’ influence on the empowerment process, we hope to feed reflections on innovative empowerment methods that foster collaborative planning.
Disciplines :
Architecture
Author, co-author :
Uyttebrouck, Constance  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département ArGEnCo > Urbanisme et aménagement du territoire
Schelings, Clémentine  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département ArGEnCo > LEMA (Local environment management and analysis)
Van Doosselaere, Stéphanie;  Constance Uyttebrouck (corresponding author) is a postdoctoral researcher in Urban Design, Urbanism, Landscape and Planning at KU Leuven, Sint-Niklaasstraat 27, Ghent 9000, Belgium, Clémentine Schelings is a postdoctoral researcher at the Université de Liège, Allée de la Découverte, 9 Bat. B52/3, Liège 4000, Belgium, Stéphanie Van Doosselaere works for the Institut Culturel d’Architecture Wallonie Bruxelles, Jacques Teller is a professor at the Université de Liège, Allée de la découverte 9, B52,...
Teller, Jacques  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département ArGEnCo > LEMA (Local environment management and analysis)
Language :
English
Title :
Implementing empowerment projects in urban neighbourhoods: actors and interactions
Publication date :
24 May 2023
Journal title :
Town Planning Review
ISSN :
0041-0020
eISSN :
1478-341X
Publisher :
Liverpool University Press
Pages :
1-26
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Name of the research project :
N-Power
Funders :
Interreg EMR - Interreg Euregio Meuse-Rhin [NL]
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