Socioeconomic Impact of Cork Northwest Regenerarion Programme

Since January 2014, researchers from the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork have been undertaking ‘A Socio-Economic and Environmental Impact Study of Cork City Northwest Quarter Regeneration’. Cork Northwest Quarter Regeneration (CNWQR) involves the demolition of 450 houses and their replacement by 656 new housing units in Knocknaheeny over 10-12 years. A range of social, economic and environmental projects are also underway. This aim of the study is to ensure that the Regeneration Masterplan implementation benefits from regular evaluation and review.

The objectives of Phase 1 of the study (2014-2016) included:

  1. Establishing an area profile of demographic, socio-economic and service mapping of the regeneration area including analysis of Census 2011.
  2. Contributing research to CNWQR policies and plans.
  3. Conducting a comprehensive door-to-door survey of residents in Regeneration Phases 1 to 5 involving 482 households.
  4. Measuring performance and outcomes of regeneration activities against the baseline profile, community consultation and evaluation indicators.
  5. In consultation with the City Council regeneration team disseminating the results of the evaluation to relevant stakeholders including the local community, public representatives, other agencies and the community and voluntary sector.

The objectives of Phase 2 of the study (2017-2020) include:

  1. Analysing Census 2016 other relevant data to ensure the CNWQR team are working with the most current available data regarding the area profile.
  2. Conducting ongoing consultation with residents as the regeneration phases progress.
  3. Reviewing the Social Economic and Environmental Programme (SEEP) in consultation with community organisations to assess short, medium and long term impacts of allocations from the social grant.
  4. Preparing sectoral research profiles drawing on research conducted to date and evaluation of specific projects.
  5. In consultation with the City Council regeneration team disseminating the results of the evaluation to relevant stakeholders including the local community, public representatives, other agencies and the community and voluntary sector.

 

Funder:

Cork City Council and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

 

Project Duration:

Phase I: 2014-2016; Phase II: 2017-2020

 

Project team:

Professor Cathal O'Connell and Dr. Siobhan O'Sullivan

School of Applied Social Studies and ISS21

 

Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21)

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