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Gentrification processes and neighborhood liveability in Madrid and Brisbane: impact on population health and development of urban policy recommendations

Gentrification processes and neighborhood liveability in Madrid and Brisbane: impact on population health and development of urban policy recommendations

Objective

Where we live has a major impact on our health; indeed, 23% of global deaths are caused by modifiable environmental factors. The New Urban Agenda has inserted the ambition for liveable cities (those that promote active living and health of its citizens) as a priority to improve population health and wellbeing globally. However, liveability attributes carry a risk of ‘unintended consequences’ that can widen health inequities, especially when market-oriented regulatory processes and uneven dynamics of policy formation are at play. For instance, enhancing the liveability of a neighbourhood might increase housing prices and, in turn, provoke urban displacement of the most vulnerable, stimulating gentrification.

Thus, the aim of the GentriHealth project is to generate policy-relevant evidence for the relationships between neighbourhood liveability, gentrification, and health. Specifically, the GentriHealth project has four objectives that seek to:
1. Identify gentrification-related urban planning policies and legislation in Madrid, Spain
2. Investigate the relationship between gentrification and changes in neighbourhood liveability
3. Examine how gentrification impacts the health of ‘stayers’ and ‘movers’, and whether this differs by gender and socioeconomic status
4. Work with policy-makers to develop policy-relevant solutions to reduce the potentially harmful effects of gentrification

The GentriHealth project will be based at RMIT (Australia) and UAH (Spain). This project will use data on gentrification, liveability, and health from the HABITAT and the ERC-granted HeartHealthyHoods projects. This project will combine quantitative and qualitative data, mixed methods analysis ang GIS integration of data.

Through a multidisciplinary approach and using a gender perspective, the GentriHealth project will generate evidence in order to develop policy-relevant solutions to allow neighbourhoods to become more liveable but not become gentrified.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALCALA

Address

Plaza De San Diego
28801 Alcala De Henares/Madrid

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 251 939,52

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ROYAL MELBOURNE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY*RMIT UNIVERSITY

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 842957

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    24 April 2020

  • End date

    23 April 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 251 939,52

  • EU contribution

    € 251 939,52

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALCALA

Spain