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The dynamics of learning and knowledge within community-led urban regeneration: the Lower Ouseburn Valley as a ‘community of practice’?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stuart Dawley, Cheryl Conway, Professor David Charles


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Author(s): Dawley S, Conway CD, Charles DR

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Regional Studies Association Annual Conference; Gateway 3a Enabling Knowledge Strategies, CRITICAL Theme, Regional Growth Agendas

Year of Conference: 2005


Notes: This paper offers an interesting and innovative contribution to recent debates focusing upon partnership working and community empowerment within contemporary urban regeneration. In particular, the paper connects with recent discussions relating to the incorporation of local knowledges, interests and views of communities within urban regeneration activities. Whilst research in this area has focused primarily upon the socio-institutional governance of partnership working within which processes of social learning and knowledge exchange are implicit, few studies have explicitly focused upon how the processes of learning occur, or importantly do not occur, within the context of community-led activities. This paper contributes to research in this area by building upon the concept of ‘communities of practice’ to examine the social processes of learning that occur as communities of people are formed in the pursuit of a shared enterprise over time - in this case regeneration. The paper uses the case study of the community-led regeneration of the Lower Ouseburn Valley in Newcastle upon Tyne to explore the contributions the communities of practice framework offers for our understanding of learning and knowledge development within urban regeneration partnerships.