Earlier today the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development published a ground breaking report that provides a blueprint for policy makers seeking to incorporate social sustainability within European urban redevelopment initiatives. This 3 year study has been funded by the European Investment Bank (EIB), under the EIB-Universities Research Action programme, and seeks to improve understanding of how social sustainability can be included in EU urban renewal projects by examining current governance models in 10 policy areas and through the evaluation of 5 case study experiences.
"This study is an important contribution to improved understanding of social sustainability amongst policy makers and reflects the EIB's involvement in supporting enhanced technical and economic understanding of urban renewal and development. The report will contribute to better urban regeneration project design and socially sustainable investment across Europe" stated Simon Brooks, European Investment Bank Vice-President responsible for the United Kingdom.
"We are delighted to receive this endorsement from the European Investment Bank. Research by the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development always strives to have a high impact in both policy and practice, and it is clear that the findings from this research will help inform work in both spheres" added Professor Tim Dixon, Project Director at the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, Oxford Brookes University.
The report recommends greater integration of socially responsible investment and local authority indicators, alongside increased investment in data gathering to improve understanding of social sustainability. It suggests key ways to improve the monitoring of the social impacts of regeneration and highlights the importance of linking local regeneration projects to city-wide development plans. The work of dedicated development agencies and public private partnerships (PPPs) are shown to be crucial factors in delivering socially sustainable urban regeneration.
The "Measuring socially sustainable urban regeneration in Europe" report recognises the need for further research in both social sustainability and its measurement in the context of sustainable urban regeneration, and is one of the first research projects financed by the European Investment Bank’s University Research Action programme to be completed. The Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) is a specialist research centre at Oxford Brookes University's Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment based in Oxford, UK.
Notes for Editors:
- The European Investment Bank provides grants to selected universities and research centres under the EIB University Research Sponsorship programme (EIBURS).
- The study was carried out between January 2007 and November 2009 by a team from the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, Oxford Brooks University. The research was directed by Professor Tim Dixon and was carried out by Dr Andrea Colantonio with the assistance of several OISD experts, including Dr Juliet Carpenter, Dr Robin Ganser and Professor John Glasson,
- Case studies from across Europe were included in the evaluation: these include experience in Barcelona, Leipzig, Turin, Cardiff and Rotterdam.
News Item Dated:
30 November 2009
EIB-University Action: Annual Meeting December 10, 2009 at the EIB-headquarters in Luxembourg
Measuring Socially Sustainable Urban Regeneration in Europe (PDF) OISD-EIB Final Report October 2009