Beyond gentrification : a new phase of inner city resettlement?

Shaw, Kirstyn E. L (2005). Beyond gentrification : a new phase of inner city resettlement? PhD Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

Attached Files (Some files may be inaccessible until you login with your UQ eSpace credentials)
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
THE18629.pdf Full text application/pdf 10.72MB 15
Author Shaw, Kirstyn E. L
Thesis Title Beyond gentrification : a new phase of inner city resettlement?
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2005
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Mark Western
Patrick Mullins
John Western
Total pages 286
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subjects 1603 Demography
1604 Human Geography
16 Studies in Human Society
1205 Urban and Regional Planning
120507 Urban Analysis and Development
120508 Urban Design
Formatted abstract

The focus of this study was to investigate the role of a new group of middle class residents who are settling in those parts of the inner city of Brisbane that have already gentrified. This in-movement of new middle class settlers into gentrified neighbourhoods suggests that inner city residential change and development does not cease with gentrification, but that a new phase of inner city middle class colonisation is taking place. This study specifically sought to analyse the ideas, motivations and experiences of the new urban settlers in regard to their housing and locational choices. In-depth qualitative interviews were conducted with forty-six inner city settlers, who had recently relocated to either an already renovated house or a medium density apartment. Results suggest that this new group of inner city residents view their suburbs as attractive middle class neighbourhoods and desirable residential locations. A number of direct and indirect factors were identified as influencing the housing and locational decisions of these residents, including: their stage in the lifecycle; the perception of an inner city lifestyle; childhood housing experiences; and attitudes about suburbia. The interviewees reported similar attitudes and experiences of living in the inner city, regardless of whether they lived in apartments or houses. However, this initial homogeneity of an inner city middle class residential experience, was challenged as more detailed analysis showed a divergence of the descriptions and experiences of the interviewees in each residential location. It appears that different residential locations and housing types attract different groups of inner city middle class residents. This research provides further support to those studies that are challenging the idea that the middle class resettlement of inner city residential areas is a homogenous process. Overall, this study highlights the presence of an emerging type of urban change and middle class settlement becoming evident in those suburbs that are entering a new phase, beyond gentrification. 

Keyword Gentrification -- Queensland -- Brisbane
Urban renewal -- Queensland -- Brisbane

Document type: Thesis
Collection: UQ Theses (RHD) - UQ staff and students only
Citation counts: Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Thu, 10 Jan 2013, 09:12:56 EST by Mr Lachlan Wong on behalf of Scholarly Communication and Digitisation Service