Living (in) the city centre, neoliberal urbanism, engage liverpool and citizen engagement with urban change in Liverpool, UK

Janet Speake*, Maria Pentaraki

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The critical current of urban regeneration scholarly research focusses on neoliberal urbanism. In concentrating on the neoliberal economic, business and financial dimensions as driving forces behind urban change and regeneration, the human dimension of city centres and city centre living is frequently overshadowed. This paper explores the human dimension through the example of Engage Liverpool, a citizen and neighbourhood organisation. This paper investigates citizen engagement with urban development in the setting of the city centre and central waterfront in Liverpool. The paper argues that despite the dominance of global neoliberal forces within regeneration, citizen and neighbourhood organisations such as Liverpool Engage may have the potential to facilitate citizens’ participation as change makers in urban (re)development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-63
Number of pages23
JournalHuman Geographies
Volume11
Issue number1
Early online date25 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 25 May 2017

Keywords

  • Citizen engagement
  • Citizen voices
  • Engage Liverpool
  • Liverpool
  • Neighbourhood
  • Urban development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development

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