The PARCOUR Leaflet outlines the research questions, objectives and project phases for the PARCOUR Research project. It is an in depth study taking place in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Brazil in nine districts.

Contracts are increasingly used as planning tools to regulate the actions of public, private, and civil actors involved in urban regeneration. The contractual relationships between these actors instigate a specific form of governance. The PARCOUR project argues that there are important implications of contractual planning for sustainable urban development, and for the public interest at large.

PARCOUR studies urban regeneration projects in Brazil, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands, and provides an international comparison to evaluate public accountability and the public interest in relation to residents. We analyse the impact of urban contractualism in several cities by looking at the influence of dynamics created by planning tools (e.g. contracts, deeds, regulations) in terms of the democratic legitimacy of public organisations’ decisions and the opportunities that these create for civil society (i.e. residents).

The PDF can be downloaded here.