The research sets out to review the current state of urban waterfront regeneration in the context of neoliberal urbanism and city competitiveness.

It examines current trends, themes and issues in waterfront regeneration and assesses who benefits from such initiatives, through four case studies in the waterfront areas of Belfast- Northern Ireland, Liverpool - England, Cardiff- Wales and Dublin- Republic of Ireland.

The report includes an analysis of the economic and social benefits of the scheme to nearby disadvantaged areas and to the cities as a whole. It considers whether the research evidence points towards a new stage in waterfront development- the restructured ‘competitive waterfront and it finally makes practical recommendations for the future of such development at a time of economic retrenchment.

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