An evaluation of an urban renewal program and its effects on neighborhood resident's overall wellbeing using concept mapping

Roshanak Mehdipanah, Davide Malmusi, Carles Muntaner, Carme Borrell

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Urban renewal programs aim to improve physical and socioeconomic position of neighborhoods. However, due to the intervention's complexity, there is often little evidence of their impact on health and health inequalities. This study aimed to identify the perception of a group of neighborhood residents towards a large-scale urban renewal program in Barcelona and to explore its effects and importance on their wellbeing using concept mapping methodology. Our results indicate that the majority of urban renewal projects within the initiative, including improved walkability, construction of new public spaces and more community programs, have positive and important effects on the overall wellbeing of participants. This study presents an innovative method that diverts from traditional outcome-based evaluations studies often used within this field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-17
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Place
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sept

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research leading to these results forms part of the SOPHIE project (Evaluating the impact of structural policies on health inequalities and their social determinants and fostering change) which has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2007–2013) under grant agreement no. 278173. We thank all participants for their contributions and staff at Càritas Barcelona, Center de Dia Casc Antic, Casal de Joves, Casal del Pou de la Figuera and Pla Comunitari de Roquetes and Ton & Guida Center, for their assistance in recruiting participants. In addition, a special thank you to Maica Rodriguez-Sanz, María Salvador, María Abajo and Cris Pérez Vàzquez for their assistance during the sessions. Also thank you to Mairi Omand and Dr. Patricia O'Campo for their professional advice throughout the study.


  • Concept mapping
  • Mixed methods
  • Urban health
  • Urban renewal
  • Wellbeing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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