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Promoting social sustainability of urban neighbourhoods: The case of Bethnal Green, London

Abstract

Growing significance of neighbourhoods in different areas of urban planning, along with the increasing attention to the social dimension of sustainable communities and societies, emphasizes the need for conceptualizing socially sustainable neighbourhoods. This article first critically reflects on the concept of socially sustainable neighbourhoods in two areas of definition and operationalization. It then proposes a tripartite framework for measuring social sustainability of urban neighbourhoods which combines three elements of neighbourhood, neighbouring, and neighbours. This framework is tested, examined, and discussed in the case of Bethnal Green, London. The findings are integrated into a Social Sustainability Enhancement Index which encompasses practical recommendations to promote social sustainability of Bethnal Green. The article concludes with highlighting research and policy implications of the proposed framework, and suggests some methodological improvements for the future research.

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Authors

Shirazi, M. Reza
Keivani, Ramin
Brownill, Sue
Watson, Georgia Butina

Oxford Brookes departments

School of the Built Environment

Dates

Year of publication: 2020
Date of RADAR deposit: 2020-03-30



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