Revitalising Neighbourhoods

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode GEMRN
Vaknaam Revitalising Neighbourhoods
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Revitalising Neighbourhoods
Leerdoelen • Describe various perspectives on the ‘neighbourhood’ and reflect on the applicability and limitations of these perspectives/definitions.
• Indicate which processes contribute to the rise and decline of neighbourhoods.
• Independently analyse a policy intervention, assess on suitability, feasibility and effectiveness.
• Explain how terms as ‘liveability’, ‘well-being’ and ‘gentrification’ are applied to understand, examine (analytical perspective) and influence (normative perspective) changes within neighbourhoods.
• Analyse changes in policies of urban renewal and social housing in connection to societal trends and chancing relations between private, public and civic actors, in the Netherlands and elsewhere.
Omschrijving The city is constantly in transition. This is to say that demands, tensions and opportunities are continuously changing, which lead to new societal challenges for policy makers. In the Revitalising Neighbourhoods course, you
explore the ‘state of the art’ of these societal challenges in neighbourhoods and reflect on urban renewal policies.

You are invited to follow the course if you are interested in the motives and changes underlying urban revitalisation. We analyse how these policies affect the people living in these specific neighbourhoods. In general, the following topics will be examined:
• Which policy interventions are suitable to contribute to the revitalisation of neighbourhoods
• How private, public and civic actors relate to one another in designing, implementing and evaluating policy interventions
• How conditions of a flourishing neighbourhood change over time and its influence on policy interventions
• How terms as ‘liveability’, ‘well-being’ and ‘gentrification’ are applied to understand, examine (analytical perspective) and influence (normative perspective) changes within neighbourhoods

Similar to cities, perspectives on the revitalisation of neighbourhoods are dynamic. We will position changes in urban renewal policies within time and explore new trends. Furthermore, Dutch planning practice will be examined
in relation to other countries.

Next to lectures and in-class activities, a group assignment analysing specific aspects of neighbourhoods will be part of the course (Over the last years students of this course have investigated age-friendliness, studentification and social norms). Next, you will identify possible policy interventions and strategies related to these aspects. You are asked to independently report on your findings in a written policy advice.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Discussion sessions, Fieldwork, Guest lectures, Independent study, Lectures
Toetsvorm Group assignments
(+ Essay style Open-book exam)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. W.S. Rauws
Docent(en) Guest lecturers ,dr. W.S. Rauws , S. van Lanen
Verplichte literatuur
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Economic Geography  (Optional courses Economic Geography) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning  (Optional courses EIP) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Population Studies  (Optional courses Population Studies) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Real Estate Studies  (Optional courses Real Estate Studies) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Society, Sustainability and Planning  (Basic programme Society, Sustainability and Planning) 1 semester II a verplicht
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Optional thematic courses (GERMTTO) year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences) - semester II a keuze