Policy Press

Urban transformation and urban governance

Shaping the competitive city of the future

Edited by Martin Boddy


Oct 29, 2003

Page count

112 pages




297 x 210 mm


Policy Press
Urban transformation and urban governance

This report addresses key challenges facing policy makers, practitioners and academics in their efforts to understand and impact on the changing nature of urban environments today.

Combining a detailed case study of the city of Bristol with wide-ranging information and analysis from other sources, the report looks at:

the dynamics of employment and population change including the challenges of household growth, urban expansion and new patterns of edge-city development;

urban renaissance, urban renewal and the prospects for a turn-around in the fortunes of urban areas;

patterns and processes of social exclusion and social polarisation, persisting even in the face of competitive success;

the role of the new knowledge-based sectors including financial and business services and the cultural and media sectors;

the changing spatial architecture of urban and regional governance and its capacity to shape the towns and cities of the future.

Urban transformation and urban governance is essential reading for practitioners and policy makers with an interest in urban policy, regeneration and renewal; voluntary and community sector workers; and academics and students.

"... a useful model for councils wishing to develop a robust understanding of the environment in which they operate." Local Government First

"... a coherent approach to the detailed study of urban policy, its strengths lie in empirical description rather than critical analysis and/or theoretical evaluation." Area

Contents: Introduction ~ Martin Boddy; The changing city ~ Martin Boddy; Reshaping the city ~ Christine Lambert and Ian Smith; City of money? ~ Shaun French and Andrew Leyshon; City of culture? ~ Keith Bassett, Ron Griffiths and Ian Smith; Social exclusion and the polarised city ~ Martin Boddy; Towards collaborative capacity ~ Murray Stewart; Conclusions: shaping the urban future ~ Martin Boddy.