ERES 2019: Real estate adaptation and innovation: diversity and landownership

Event Start Date:
5th July 2019
Event End Date:
5th July 2019
Event Venue:
Room C 17, ESSEC Cergy, Pontoise Cedex, France

Real estate adaptation and innovation: diversity and landownership

ERES 2019, Cergy-Pontoise, France

Allison M.Orr[1] , Cath Jackson[2] ,  Joanna Stewart[1] and James T. White[1]



The retail sector is fundamental to many local, regional and national economies and social structures, yet is experiencing a prolonged period of change and uncertainty. Rapid and significant changing consumer behaviour, retailer rationalisation and financial pressures, and increasing concerns over anti-social behaviour and the accessibility and security of traditionally public places are significant economic and social drivers of change. Policy-makers, in response to such challenges, have sought to respond by seeking to enable the re-creation of more resilient and adaptable centres within the UK’s retailing hierarchy, recognising and supporting their role as multi-functional places. Here, we begin a new research project that seeks to explore resilience in the retail sector using the five case study cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Liverpool and Nottingham. The first step is mapping previously disparate strands of secondary data to begin to reveal links between ownership, use, the allocation of space for diverse service provision, leisure and social interaction and the adaptive capacity of the built environment. These data have not been brought together previously and, to do so, represents a very significant challenge and a significant opportunity for the advancement of knowledge. The consequent analysis of urban change will reveal areas not previously explored or, therefore, understood.

This presentation presents an audit of the diversity measures recorded in the retailing literature and used in practice. It also presents a preliminary centre level analysis of changing retail diversity and changes in the number of retail properties and size of properties recorded in valuation lists/rolls between 2010 and 2017.


[1]  Urban Studies, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow

[2] Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield

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