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The research has four objectives:
i) The analysis of 13 large-scale urban development projects in eleven Member States and the mechanisms of social polarisation, exclusion and integration, which these projects embody. For each project, the different dynamics which relate the project to the wider urban fabric and its various components (financial markets, production and distribution system, labour and housing markets, socio-cultural processes, political processes) will be examined. These dynamics will shed light on the integration and exclusion mechanisms which the projects catalyse, both in general European, and specific local terms.
ii) The relationships between global economic restructuring mechanisms on the one hand and processes of integration and exclusion at the local level on the other are examined. Urban dynamics are pivotal in contributing to and expressing the epochal changes.
iii) The assessment of the impact of specific politico-institutional environments at the Union, national, regional and local level on these processes.
iv) The development of a research methodology which allows for the transversal analysis of the above mechanisms and relationships among different cities in different Member States of the Union.

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