Reurbanisation: A long-term process or a short-term stage?

Journal article

Publication Details

Author list: Kabisch N., Haase D., Haase A.

Journal: Population, Space and Place

Publication year: 2019

Volume number: 25

Issue number: 8

Publisher: Wiley

ISSN: 1544-8444

eISSN: 1544-8452

DOI: 10.1002/psp.2266


Languages: English-Great Britain


Reurbanisation was identified in European cities since the 1980s. It is a process in which cities stop losing population, stabilise, and regrow. It is however questioned whether reurbanisation represents a long-term process of urban living or a short-term stage. Using the city of Leipzig, Germany, we show that reurbanisation has been ongoing over the last 15 years. Reurbanisation has the potential to be a long-term, consolidated process in Leipzig's inner-city areas and even spread to other parts of the city creating novel socio-demographic patterns. The local context—with key importance of the housing market—is crucial for the emergence and course of current urban development processes. Future research should investigate the underpinnings of housing market processes and policies and how they impact residential mobility, socio-spatial differentiation, and transformation of urban space. Using a flexible selection of indicators, this will enable a comprehensive understanding of the spatio-temporal dynamics of reurbanising cities.