Community Engagement in Inner City Areas Research Paper by Hans

A research paper on the issue of community engagement in the development of inner city areas, with specific reference to the regeneration of Manchester city center.
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The paper uses the regeneration of the Manchester city centre in recent years as a case study to highlight the wider issues in and around the subject of community engagement in town and city planning. The paper specifically considers whether or not the local residents have in future benefited from the regeneration and to what extent this is due to community engagement. The paper provides a literature review and outlines the methodology used, the findings and conclusions.

Literature Review
Primary Research

From the Paper:

"Again, community engagement in relation to both town planning and regeneration may be seen as a broad and wide topic including a varied number of methods. In the first instance, there is the consideration that in relation to any planning activities a community has a legal right to a minimum level of engagement as prescribed by the law such as those provided by laws including the Inner Urban Areas Act 1978 (Ward 2004). Despite these legal considerations, this may be seen as the bear minimums of community engagement, true community engagement may be seen as those activities which attempt not to meet the minimums but really help to engage the community in shaping the re-development of a city, town or area.
"Methods of community engagement are wide and varied but may be seen as representative of any other form of consumer based research in which quantitative and qualitative data is extracted (Kearney 2003). As such community engagement in the field of regeneration or town planning may see the use of such methods as questionnaires, focus groups, interviews and town hall style meetings held in community facilities. The conductors of such research will often be either that of local planning or official authorities such as the local council or their agents. Alternatively private companies involved heavily in a regeneration may also engage in community engagement to a greater or lesser degree."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alvesson, M, Deetz, S. 2000. Doing critical management research. London: Sage Publications.
  • BBC News. 2006. Manchester bomb: No justice. Available online at: [Accessed on 22/02/10].
  • Blakeley, G, Evans, B. 2008. Its like maintaining a hedge. Public policy and administration. Vol. 23. No.1. pp 100-113.
  • Building. 2006. 10 ways to define regeneration. Available online at: [Accessed on 22/02/10].
  • Burney, S, M. 2008. Inductive and deductive research approach. Available online at: [Accessed on 21/08/09].

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