'It Puts Your Value Down, I Think if You’ve Got Them All Around': Estate Regeneration and the Malign Effects of Social Mix

By:
Dr Kathy Arthurson
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Increasingly in Australia, social housing estate regeneration programs involve partnerships between the public sector and private property developers. Using “The Parks Regeneration Project” as a case study, this paper explores questions about the way the new ‘community’ is being created through changing housing amenity and restructuring the social mix of the area. Social mix refers to the mixture of housing tenures and socioeconomic variance of residents.

While policy makers and private developers consider changes to these aspects as crucial components of regeneration, the findings of the study suggest that modifying these characteristics will not automatically benefit disadvantaged social housing tenants. These strategies are concerned with constructing place for new incoming more affluent middle-income homebuyers, rather than benefiting the most disadvantaged residents. Questions are raised about the commodification of public space, reductions to the overall stock of social housing and the overall consequences and policy implications of these actions. It is argued that the entry of market capital and the buying and selling of place through community re- reconstruction, to attract more affluent residents to the estates is likely to add to, rather than ameliorate the inequality of social housing residents in these areas.


Keywords: Social Mix, Estate Regeneration, Housing
Stream: Sociology and Geography
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Revitalizing and Marketing Social Housing Estates


Dr Kathy Arthurson

In Person Attendance, University of SA, Centre for Building and Planning Stduies and Social Policy Research Group
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Dr Kathy Arthurson is a senior research fellow at the University of SA. She is currently working on an ARC funded postdoctoral research project on Social Mix and Social Exclusion. Her pre-academic career was largely in public policy, as a manager and policy analyst in a range of positions that included housing and urban policy, health, community services, ageing and disability. Dr Arthurson’s past experiences are reflected in the nature of her research on housing and urban issues, which is applied research that focuses on the policy implications of topics spanning social housing, neighbourhood regeneration and building sustainable communities.

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