In transforming deprived areas into great places to live, much attention has been given to the physical, social and economic aspects of deprivation and emotional ties: What makes residents in deprived areas feel at home in their neighbourhood?
In this PhD thesis Peter van der Graaf focused on the emotional ties of residents to their neighbourhood and researched how these ties are affected by urban renewal. He also compares practices between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, where the emotions of residents are considered more in urban renewal.
Until July 2008 Peter van der Graaf was a researcher at Verwey-Jonker Institute. The case studies in this thesis in Emmen (Emmen Revisited), Hoogvliet and Manchester (Gold Service) were conducted under the responsibility of the Institute.