Does Area Regeneration Improve Residents’ Health & Well-being?
Archibald, D. (2011) Urban Affairs Association 41st Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA. 16 - 19 March 2011 [SLS]
Other information: Abstract:Over £12 billion has been spent on area regeneration initiatives in the United Kingdom over the last twenty years. The potential to combat deprivation, improve health and reduce health inequalities is often used as justification for such a large- scale investment. Nevertheless, evaluation of these initiatives has been sporadic, often producing conflicting results. Some regeneration programmes appear to have had positive effects on health and socio-economic status; others have had no, or even a detrimental effect. This may, however, be attributed to difficulties in designing appropriate evaluation studies rather than the effects of regeneration. For example, few studies have been able to follow individuals over time so that their changing circumstances can be more related to the regeneration processes that they experience. Other evaluations have relied on comparing population characteristics in an area before and after regeneration, ignoring the fact that the resident population may have changed substantially during this period.