Public accountability to residents in contractual urban redevelopment (PARCOUR)

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Duration: 09/15 – 08/18

Regulatory instruments such as contracts, deeds and by-laws are used as tools to manage partnerships between different stakeholders in urban regeneration projects. However, these contractual relationships have significant implications for the democratic legitimacy of these projects, making the accountability all the more important.

Public accountability to residents in contractual urban redevelopment (PARCOUR) aims to develop a clear evidence base on how responsibility to the interest of citizens can be evaluated in the development of planning agreements. Focusing on cities in Brazil, the Netherlands and the UK, the project will undertake extensive research and fieldwork to develop a comparative dataset in the three countries.

Through engagement of a range of actors and dissemination through various publications, the findings will support the promotion of more transparent and socially beneficial urban development partnerships.

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Rob Atkinson (Principal Investigator, Professor)
Andrew Tallon (Senior Lecturer in Urban Policy)
David Williams (Research Associate)

Extensive desk review of published research on the construction and implementation of public interest in different countries.

Comparative fieldwork with local stakeholders in cities in Brazil, the Netherlands and the UK.

Dissemination of findings through newsletters, social media and publications.

Introducing the PARCOUR project – An exploration of urban redevelopment in Brazil, the Netherlands and the UK

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