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The right to the unhealthy deprived city: An exploration into the impacts of state-led redevelopment projects on the determinants of mental health

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dc.contributor.author O'Neill, Ella
dc.contributor.author Cole, Helen
dc.contributor.author Garcia Lamarca, Melisa
dc.contributor.author Anguelovski, Isabelle
dc.contributor.author Gullón, Pedro
dc.contributor.author Triguero Mas, Margarita
dc.date.accessioned 2024-04-24T06:59:12Z
dc.date.available 2024-04-24T06:59:12Z
dc.date.issued 2023
dc.identifier.citation O'Neill E, Cole HVS, García-Lamarca M, Anguelovski I, Gullón P, Triguero-Mas M. The right to the unhealthy deprived city: An exploration into the impacts of state-led redevelopment projects on the determinants of mental health. Soc Sci Med. 2023 Feb;318:115634. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115634
dc.identifier.issn 0277-9536
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/59890
dc.description.abstract Research shows mental health is impacted by poor-quality physical and social-environmental conditions. Subsequently state-led redevelopment/regeneration schemes focus on improving the physical environment, to provide better social-environmental conditions, addressing spatial and socioeconomic inequities thus improving residents' health. However, recent research suggests that redevelopment/regeneration schemes often trigger gentrification, resulting in new spatial and socioeconomic inequalities that may worsen health outcomes, including mental health, for long-term neighborhood residents. Using the right to the city and situating this within the framework of accumulation by dispossession and capitalist hegemony, this paper explores the potential mechanisms in which poor mental health outcomes may endure in neighborhoods despite the implementation of redevelopment/regeneration projects. To do so, we explored two neighborhoods in the city of Glasgow — North Glasgow and East End – and conducted a strong qualitative study based on 25 in-depth semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders. The results show that postindustrial vacant and derelict land spaces and socioeconomic deprivation in North and East Glasgow are potential mechanisms contributing to the poor mental health of its residents. Where redevelopment/regeneration projects prioritize economic goals, it is often at the expense of social(health) outcomes. Instead, economic investment instigates processes of gentrification, where long-term neighborhood residents are excluded from accessing collective urban life and its (health) benefits. Moreover, these residents are continually excluded from participation in decision-making and are unable to shape the urban environment. In summary, we found a number of potential mechanisms that may contribute to enduring poor mental health outcomes despite the existence of redevelopment/regeneration projects. Projects instead have negative consequences for the determinants of mental health, reinforcing existing inequalities, disempowering original long-term neighborhood residents and only providing the “right” to the unhealthy deprived city. We define this as the impossibility to benefit from material opportunities, public spaces, goods and services and the inability to shape city transformations.
dc.description.sponsorship The research presented in this paper received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program [grant agreement No. 678034]. EO is funded by the AGAUR FI scholarship. MGL and HC are funded by Juan de la Cierva fellowships [IJC2020-046064-I, IJC-2018-035322-I] awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Elsevier
dc.relation.ispartof Soc Sci Med. 2023 Feb;318:115634
dc.rights © 2022 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.title The right to the unhealthy deprived city: An exploration into the impacts of state-led redevelopment projects on the determinants of mental health
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115634
dc.subject.keyword Mental health
dc.subject.keyword Redevelopment
dc.subject.keyword Gentrification
dc.subject.keyword Right to the city
dc.subject.keyword Displacement
dc.subject.keyword Disempowerment
dc.subject.keyword Capitalist hegemony
dc.subject.keyword Accumulation by dispossession
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/678034
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/2PE/IJC2020-046064-I
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/2PE/IJC-2018-035322-I
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
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