Centre for Local Political
Sociology and Policies

Pablo de Olavide University

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Urban Regeneration and Social Cohesion in Andalusia

Towards an evaluative analysis


Creating and improving cities by

transforming their neighbourhoods.


One of the main objectives of urban and territorial policies is to reduce the imbalance between cities and between neighbourhoods. To this end, both local governments and other levels of government, are developing action programs commonly referred to 'urban regeneration plans or processes'. These involve a series of measures in a specific urban space with an aim to improving the quality of life and social cohesion from a comprehensive perspective by transforming the physical space, housing, economic, social, environmental and cultural development of the neighbourhoods.

Despite the extension experiences with urban regeneration, there is little comparative analysis that throws evidence on its effects on the quality of life of the population of the territories, the neighbourhood, where it operates. In most cases, evaluation exercises focus on specific programs or territories in the form of case studies, and focus primarily on issues related to project management or its degree of implementation, paying less attention to its effects on citizens.

The thrust of the RUCOSA project is to comparatively analyze different programs and urban regeneration projects developed in Andalusia in order to try to understand what the impact has been on the quality of life and social cohesion of the territories in which they have developed.