Legitimate or Illegitimate NIMBYs? Understanding Opposition to Public Housing through an Interpretive Approach

Department: Urban Planning and Design
Research Centre: Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning
Active Dates: January 2014 - June 2016

Principal Investigator: Mandy H.M. LAU
Funding body: GRF-ECS

Abstract

This project examines the conflicts which emerge during the siting of affordable housing. While the public accepts the need for affordable housing in general, there is often strong opposition when concrete projects are proposed. In recent years, there has been increasing resistance to the siting of public housing across different districts in Hong Kong. Through analysis of policy documents and in-depth interviews with stakeholders, the project aims to investigate why such conflicts emerge, and how they are resolved. In particular, it seeks to understand why some opposition motives are regarded as legitimate, while others are labeled as illegitimate NIMBYism.

Objectives

  1. To understand why opposition to the siting of public housing has increased in Hong Kong;
  2. To investigate how actors construct the legitimacy of different oppositional frames;
  3. To explore possible strategies which may help alleviate conflicts over siting of public housing in Hong Kong.

 

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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE