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Regenerative city-regions? A case study of Cardiff Capital Region and its future generations

Axinte, Lorena 2020. Regenerative city-regions? A case study of Cardiff Capital Region and its future generations. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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City-regions have gained popularity among academics, politicians and policy-makers alike, promising a better scale to encompass the interconnections between places and people, formerly separated by administrative boundaries. Yet, city-regions are still underpinned by a narrow economic rationale which prioritises policies for economic growth, competitiveness and agglomeration, often disregarding larger problematics of equity, distribution and environmental issues. This is happening despite a long standing call from scholars who have been looking for more holistic ways to define, study and understand city-regions. The current project can be situated among the aforementioned efforts, aiming to portray city-regions as complex, nested ecosystems, where a variety of actors, initiatives and possibilities to shape the developmental agenda exist. To this end, the research has bridged between three different literature strands – progressive regionalism, collaborative governance and regenerative development – to create an integrated conceptual framework. This tripartite lens was applied on a single empirical case study, Cardiff Capital Region, which was analysed from its inception until June 2018. The case study’s legislative context led to a further conceptual refining, adding a focus on the role that future generations – today’s young people – could play in city-regional development. Employing mixed methods, the research engaged politicians, policy-makers, academics, practitioners, as well as university and college students, helping to shed light upon the city-region’s emergence, its evolution (both as process – the governance structure, and policy – choice of projects and investments), and the variety of narratives and stakeholders co-existing in the city-region. Besides, the research showed the effects that the funding model had on the format, actors and governance structure, as well as the windows of opportunity to redefine priorities towards a more progressive, collaborative and regenerative city-region.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: regenerative development, progressive regionalism, collaborative governance, Cardiff Capital Region, youth, city-region, Photovoice.
Funders: Marie Curie
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 July 2020
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2020 10:52

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