Socially responsible property investment in urban regeneration: Priorities and behaviours of institutional investors in practice

Graham Squires, Jari Moate, Graham Squires

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Abstract

This study examines the effectiveness of the investment practice known as 'Socially Responsible Property Investment' (SRPI) in the arena of urban regeneration in the UK. Funds and developers make special claims for their regeneration schemes, namely, that they deliver enhanced social benefits. This study explores: what in regeneration practice distinguishes SRPI; the actual priorities and behaviours of investors and developers in the sub-sector; what their resultant regeneration schemes are moving towards; and future implementation suggested via a Social Credit Rating scoring of SRPI regeneration schemes. The paper reveals that SRPI is far from uniform, with a spectrum of investors and developers adopting differing priorities driven by their own investment targets. The study identifies SRPI as playing an exemplary role in urban regeneration, while finding significant barriers to widening its more mainstream application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-163
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal
Volume5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

Keywords

  • Investment
  • Property
  • Social responsibility
  • Socially responsible property investment
  • Sustainability
  • Urban regeneration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urban Studies

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