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overlay the complex set of factors which lie behind the suburbanisation of poverty, including a wide range of social and housing policies in each country. The suburbanisation of poverty is likely to be at least as variegated in its forms and impacts as gentrification.
The research for this paper was made possible by the ESRC’s funding for the Urban Big Data Centre (ES/L011921/1). The paper on which this is based was presented at ‘ East meets West: contemporary urban issues revisited’ , 2nd International Conference of the Urban Development
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The main questions this paper seeks to answer can be stated as follows:
Which “Western” concepts and approaches can be useful for studying “Eastern” HEs?
Why can these concepts and approaches be perceived as being useful?
Motivation and positionality
This article has been prepared on the occasion of, and is directly associated with, the international conference “East meets West – contemporary urban issues revisited” organised by the staff of the Urban DevelopmentIssues journal in October 2017. More
Area-based interventions are one of the ways of addressing problems of disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods. In this paper we take the example of the German urban development support scheme (Städtebauförderung) with the purpose of determining the factors behind the spatial distribution of funds from this policy. The results show a positive association with unemployment rate, and a negative one with the dynamics of population and jobs. This suggests that the allocation of funds to a large extent resembled the distribution of structurally weak areas in Germany. Using geographically weighted regression, we found spatial differences in the goodness of fit of the model as well as in coefficients of explanatory variables. Finally, we also point out some differences between specific programmes forming part of the urban development support scheme.