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


​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?



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 the impacts of widening and visible inequality; and the role and responsibility of local government.




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

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