FGW-Project "Life chances in the neighbourhood" (2016 - 2018)
Effects of socio-spatial structures in the district on the life chances of the residents
The (life) opportunities of people determine their (choices) possibilities in shaping their lives. They differ both between individuals and between social groups and life situations. Thus, social inequalities can develop and become entrenched due to certain influencing factors. In the research project "Life Chances in the Neighbourhood", we are particularly interested from a spatial science perspective in the question of what influence the living environment (neighbourhood) has on people's life chances.
We assume that the life chances in the neighbourhood can be examined on the basis of the possibilities for satisfying needs. We are interested in the interplay between the structures of need satisfaction (e.g. places or networks), the distances to these structures and the resources that are (or have to be) used to overcome these distances. Using the example of the neighbourhoods "Rosenhügel" and "Hasenberg" in the city of Remscheid, we investigate for different social groups and life situations to what extent the neighbourhood forms the context of need satisfaction and which cross-quarter strategies of need satisfaction are developed by the residents.
The study combines qualitative and quantitative scientific methods. Our aim is to gain differentiated insights into the effects of the neighbourhood on the life chances of its residents and thus to contribute to an integrating, socially just urban development.
Prof. Dr. Susanne Frank (TU Dortmund University, Department of Urban and Regional Sociology)
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wiechmann (TU Dortmund University, Department of Spatial Planning and Planning Theory)
Dr. Nina Schuster (TU Dortmund University, Department of Urban and Regional Sociology)
Dipl.-Ing. Anne Volkmann (TU Dortmund University, Department of Spatial Planning and Planning Theory)
FGW Research Institute for Social Development e.V.
Funded by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of NRW
September 2016 - September 2018
Nina Schuster: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. 0231/755-2370
Anne Volkmann: email@example.com, Tel. 0231/755-8059