Our Starting Point

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 polarization by constituting places of social and ethnic integration.

Our Hypothesis

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.

Our Methodology

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

Our Case Study Neighbourhoods
  • Klarendal in Arnhem (The Netherlands)
  • Rudolfsheim Fünfhaus in Vienna (Austria)
  • Cihangir in Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Langstraße and Zurich West (Switzerland)


Our Website

www.beyondgentrification.com comprises all stories that developed from research material in our case study neighbourhoods. As such, the website serves as a two-way communication tool. First, it provides information on research results. Second, it invites community members and interested urbanists to share their stories on our neighbourhoods with us.