Back to the city: University-led Regeneration in Belfast

Stephen Johnston, Urmi Sengupta

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This paper explores the changing relationship between knowledge creation and city centre spaces, focusing on the relocation of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) into urban centres and the ensuing economic, social and cultural regeneration. Using the Ulster University's relocation to Belfast city centre, the paper highlights the opportunities a new anchor institution can offer a deprived inner city community. This case study draws attention to the drivers of university relocation and the untapped potential for regeneration in city centres such as Belfast, Northern Ireland. The paper looks to the future and questions whether large-scale city projects, such as the university relocation, can truly form connections with their new neighbouring inner city communities while contending with the mounting pressure of reduced government resources.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-28
JournalSpandrel - Journal of SPA – New Dimensions in Research of Environments for Living.
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016


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