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Inner-city neighbourhoods are often charged a double task; firstly nurturing creative socio-economic places yielding new practices of wealth creation and secondly, lessening social polarisation by constituting places of social and ethnic integration. Building on assemblage theory, Gentrification 2.0 adopts an thoroughly interdisciplinary approach to understanding how different social, economic and spatial processes (problems and potentials) come together in shaping neighbourhoods.

A core thesis is, that despite the many critiques, gentrification remains an important strategic concept. If well elaborated and supported, the concept of gentrification can contribute to new approaches towards neighbourhood development, improving vital social, economic and spatial qualities.

The project uses mixed methods to zoom into recent developments and prospects of four inner-city  neighbourhoods across Europe.


Budget: 860,975 EUR
Total grant: 631,389 EUR
Length of project: 36 months


Dr. A. Lagendijk
Project leader
Radboud University Nijmegen
E: a.lagendijk@fm.ru.nl
T: +31 24 3616204
Dr. H. Ploegmakers
Project Coordinator
Radboud University Nijmegen
T: +31 24 3611557


  • University of Vienna (Austria)
  • Middle East Technical University (Turkey)
  • Raumdaten GmbH Zurich (Switzerland)