A research project exploring how urban regeneration impacts young people's mental health and wellbeing in South London.

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‘Growing up during neighbourhood change’ is a research project exploring how urban regeneration and gentrification impacts the mental health and wellbeing of young people living in South London. 


Produced by a team of eight young researchers from Southwark and Lambeth, and based on mixed-methods PhD research by Hana Riazuddin from the Department of Geography at King's College London, the project draws attention to how changing neighbourhoods influence young people’s lives.  


​As peer researchers we were trained in research methods and photography, meeting weekly for three months to develop, conduct and analyse our researchers. 

We investigated the following research questions: 

  • How does urban regeneration and gentrification impact young people’s mental health and wellbeing?

  • What public spaces do young people use?

  • What rights do young people have in neighbourhoods undergoing urban regeneration and gentrification?


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Using data collected through photography, ethnographic observation, critical reflection and group discussions we identified four key themes. We believe these social, economic and political issues driven by urban regeneration and gentrification impact young people's mental health and wellbeing

These include: the lack of spaces available for young people and the pace of change; the effect of socio-economic and racial demographic changes on community and belonging; the detrimental  impacts of widening and visible inequality; and the role and responsibility of local government.


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Shahani Richards
Olamide Bamigboye
Afnan Bouh
Hannah Adenji
Francess Conteh
Elizabeth Kuyoro
Amina Sesay
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View our are online gallery to explore some of our images and individual stories.



In collaboration with the South London Gallery, we draw our attention to how changing neighbourhoods influence young people’s lives for this fourth online edition of #WalkItTalkIt, the SLG’s monthly #heritage tour.

Illustrated by Alexandra Dzhiganskaya.


Discover the route!


This research is supported and funded by:

The Centre for Doctoral Studies, King’s College London.

The London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP)

The Exchange, Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy (King’s College London)


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