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For whom is the city built? A study of goal conflicts, migration patterns and living conditions in the densified city

Tall buildings in the city

This study focuses on the tension in contemporary urban politics and housing construction between goals to create increased urban competiveness and economic growth on the one hand and social social sustainability and equality on the other. We critically analyse both the planning and the governance of contemporary housing construction programmes and their material outcomes in the complex intersection between gender, class and race/ethnicity.

We have chosen to study Gothenburg because the city has implemented an exceptionally vigorous hosing construction programme, especially focused on gentrifying districts of low median income.

The aim of the study is to use empirically sound analysis to deepen understanding of how potential goal conflicts are managed locally and what consequences the prioritisations have for the design of city districts, the living conditions of current low income working class residents and the social stratification of the city as a whole.

The study takes a multi-methodological approach with focus on:

  • comprehensive policy analysis of how the municipality’s goals are translated into concrete planning
  • quantitative analyses of migration patterns with particular focus on who moves in and who moves out
  • interviews with working-class residents with regard to their living conditions and everyday strategies

Do you live in a rental in GAMLESTADEN or FRÖLUNDA?

Do you want to tell us how the conversions happening in your neighborhood affect you? For example, are you worried about rent increases? Contact one of us in the form below.

Contact Information

Catharina Thörn

PO Box 200, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Vera Sandbergs Allé 8, room 3157B

+46-(0)31-786 6175

Contact Information

Helena Holgersson

PO Box 200, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Vera Sandbergs Allé 8, room 3247

+46 (0)31-786 2780

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