Urban Entrepreneurialism and Non-profit Housing in Adelaide and Copenhagen

by Sophus August Bojesen

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2015
Keywords: urban entrepreneurialism; non-profit housing
Record ID: 1119431
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/18131


This paper examines the impacts of urban governance on the non-profit housing sector. Two cities were selected in order to gain perspective of the reality of these impacts. The cities of Adelaide and Copenhagen were selected to do so, as both are considered to exist within states that embody generous welfare systems. To study these impacts, comparative analysis methods were used, allowing for the two cities to be concisely compared and to understand the similarities and differences between the non-profit housing sectors within each city. The main theorist used to guide our study was David Harvey. Theories such as Urban Entrepreneurialism and the Right to the City were utilized in order to further understand the effects of modern governance within a capitalist society, with a focus on how it can impact and alter the city. Using this theory, four cases studies were presented, encompassing the effects of entrepreneurial development on two areas in Copenhagen and another two in Adelaide, allowing for a deeper analysis on the effect of employing urban entrepreneurialism within the planning and development of cities. Throughout this it was found that entrepreneurial governance impacts both cities in a similar way, despite a number of differences in their non-profit housing sector, as increasing segregation between the high income and low income earners within Copenhagen and Adelaide was noted. This results in low-income earners being pushed further towards the periphery of the city due to increasing property prices post entrepreneurial development. This has a detrimental effect on the non- profit housing supply and management within both cities. Throughout this project it became clear that although there are a number of differences between the non-profit housing sectors in each state, however, the global market and the competitive environment it creates, has similar effects between each state.