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After Urban RegenerationCommunities, policy and place$
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Peter Matthews

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324157

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324157.001.0001

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When things fall apart

When things fall apart

(p.45) Four When things fall apart
After Urban Regeneration

Sue Cohen

Morag McDermont

Policy Press

This chapter begins with the story of the Single Parent Action Network (SPAN) and its involvement in an ambitious urban regeneration project in the early 2000’s, a venture that then fell apart under the pressures of ‘austerity’. This ‘post-regeneration’ story demonstrates the ways in which changes in urban policy shape and interact with the lived reality of the organisations, people and social structures that the policy is focused upon. The second part of the chapter uses this story to reflect on the rationale and research focus of ‘Productive Margins: Regulating for Engagement’, a Connected Communities research programme involving SPAN and other community organisations in Bristol and South Wales. Productive Margins draws upon the experience and expertise of SPAN and the partner organisations to co-produce research which examines the regulatory mechanisms that enmesh the everyday activities of communities, and to experiment with ways of regulating for engagement.

Keywords:   regulation, co-production, community organisations, austerity, urban regeneration

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