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Impacts of local urban policies: de-concentration and mixing programmes in European cities
De-concentration and mixing policies are recurrently deployed as a means to tackle urban deprivation and reduce social inequalities on both sides of the Atlantic, albeit without sound evidence and often resulting in gentrification, social polarisation, or dispersal towards peripheral areas. This research explores whether housing tenure diversification and de-segregation programmes are a device for alleviating deprivation in terms of increasing socio-economic opportunities (production) and access to resources (consumption). The research seeks to empirically contribute to the wider theoretical and political debate on mixed communities and area‐based programmes from a redistributive perspective and within a multi‐scalar thinking. The research has started from the case of Greater London (tenure--mixing programmes) and of Barcelona (city centre renewal programmes), and it is expanding within the wider European panorama.
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