In the past decade, urban regeneration policy makers and practitioners have faced a number of difficult challenges, such as sustainability, budgetary constraints, demands for community involvement and rapid urbanization in the Global South. Urban regeneration remains a high profile and important field of government-led intervention, and policy and practice continue to adapt to the fresh challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, as well as confronting long standing intractable urban problems and dilemmas.

This Companion provides cutting edge critical review and synthesis of recent conceptual, policy and practical developments within the field. With contributions from 70 international experts within the field, it explores the meaning of ‘urban regeneration’ in differing national contexts, asking questions and providing informed discussion and analyses to illuminate how an apparently disparate field of research, policy and practice can be rendered coherent, drawing out common themes and significant differences. The Companion is divided into six sections, exploring: globalization and neo-liberal perspectives on urban regeneration; emerging reconceptualizations of regeneration; public infrastructure and public space; housing and cosmopolitan communities; community centred regeneration; and culture-led regeneration. The concluding chapter considers the future of urban regeneration and proposes a nine-point research agenda.

This Companion assembles a diversity of approaches and insights in one comprehensive volume to provide a state of the art review of the field. It is a valuable resource for both advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students in Urban Planning, Built Environment, Urban Studies and Urban Regeneration, as well as academics, practitioners and politicians.

chapter |14 pages

Introduction: urban regeneration, a global phenomenon

ByMichael E. Leary, John McCarthy

part |2 pages

PART 1 Globalization and neo-liberal perspectives

chapter |6 pages


ByJohn McCarthy

chapter 2|12 pages

The changing context of urban regeneration in North West Europe

ByChris Couch, Olivier Sykes, Matthew Cocks

chapter 3|11 pages

Just add water: waterfront regeneration as a global phenomenon

BySue Brownill

chapter 8|9 pages

The blessing in disguise: urban regeneration in Poland in a neo-liberal milieu

BySylwia Kaczmarek, Szymon Marcinczak

part |2 pages

PART 2 Emerging reconceptualizations of urban regeneration

chapter |8 pages


ByMichael E. Leary

chapter 12|11 pages

From state-led to developer-led? The dynamics of urban renewal policies in Taiwan

ByJinn-yuh Hsu and Wei-hsiu Chang

chapter 13|9 pages

Regenerating what? The politics and geographies of actually existing regeneration

ByUgo Rossi, Alberto Vanolo

chapter 14|11 pages

Urban regeneration and the city of experts

ByMichael Keith

chapter 15|10 pages

Regenerating the core – or is it periphery? Reclaiming waterfronts in US cities

ByPeter B. Meyer, Melissa Julie Saunders

chapter 16|10 pages

Regeneration for some: degeneration for others

ByFranklin Obeng-Odoom

chapter 17|10 pages

Urban regeneration and the social economy

ByBrendan Murtagh

part |2 pages

PART 3 Public infrastructure and public space

chapter |6 pages


ByJohn McCarthy

chapter 21|12 pages

The integration of cultural heritage and urban regeneration in Melbourne

ByJean Hillier, Anthony Richardson

chapter 22|10 pages

Ethnic diversity, public space and urban regeneration

ByRonan Paddison

chapter 25|11 pages

Urban renewal in Vancouver, Canada

ByDaniyal Zuberi, Ariel Taylor

part |2 pages

PART 4 Housing and cosmopolitan communities

chapter |6 pages


ByJohn McCarthy

chapter 26|9 pages

Housing-led urban regeneration: place, planning and politics

ByAlan Mace

chapter 27|10 pages

Housing delivery through mixed-use urban regeneration schemes: a European comparison

ByNikos Karadimitriou, Claudio De Magalhães, Roelof Verhage

chapter 31|10 pages

Regenerating through social mixing: origins, aims and strategies

ByGwen van Eijk

chapter 32|9 pages

Transnational neighborhoods and the metropolitan community

ByAdam Marc Pine

chapter 33|10 pages

Recovery of social housing and infrastructure costs in urban renewal: some lessons from Turkey

BySevkiye Sence Turk, Willem K. Korthals Altes

part |2 pages

PART 5 Community-centred regeneration?

chapter |6 pages


ByMichael E. Leary

chapter 37|10 pages

Negotiating participatory regeneration in the post-socialist inner city

ByIwona Sagan, Maja Grabkowska

chapter 39|10 pages

The changing landscape of community-led regeneration in Scotland

ByBarbara Illsley, Dumiso Moyo

chapter 41|12 pages

Whose urban regeneration? Two Belfast case studies

ByJenny Muir

part |2 pages

PART 6 Culture-led regeneration

chapter |6 pages


ByMichael E. Leary

chapter 43|10 pages

Toward sustainable culture-led regeneration

ByCarl Grodach

chapter 44|11 pages

The regenerative impacts of the European City/Capital of Culture events

ByFranco Bianchini and Roberto Albano with Alessandro Bollo

chapter 46|12 pages

Culture-led downtown regeneration or creative gentrification?

ByErualdo Romero González, Lorena Guadiana

chapter 48|11 pages

Neo-liberal exceptionalism in Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic port regeneration

ByAnne-Marie Broudehoux

chapter |16 pages

Conclusions and aspirations for the future of urban regeneration

ByMichael E. Leary, John McCarthy