Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:


English Market Towns Being ‘Gentrified’

English market towns are being transformed through a combination of demographic and economic changes that have inexorably changed their character, according to a new study from the University of Leicester.
Researcher Craig Wheway, of the Department of Geography, has been examining the ‘gentrification’ of market towns across England. He will present his findings to the public at the University of Leicester on June 29.

Craig said: “While a small proportion of Brits dream of owning a second property abroad, it appears that market towns in England are becoming increasingly popular".

“As part of my postgraduate research, I have looked at the impact middle class incomers - known as ‘gentrifiers’ - and how market towns have changed into bustling urban centres”.

“People often associate rural market towns as centres of the rural economy, with farms providing local produce and buildings which show off distinctive architecture. The reality is that they increasingly have to adapt to an economy moving away from agriculture which involves the development of new skills”

Market towns are highly attractive settlements to live, particularly amongst the elderly, for whom the proximity of services and quality retail and leisure facilities is a distinct advantage. Amongst the changes that have occurred has been the conversion of traditional pubs to restaurants, serving middle class ‘a la carte’ menus with associated prices. Through his PhD thesis, Craig aims to uncover the extent of middle class gentrification through both questionnaire surveys and interviews.

Craig added: “The research I am undertaking is pertinent on two counts. Firstly, no one has yet linked middle class migration with rapidly rising property prices in market towns. Secondly, the data will reveal the characteristics of market town gentrifiers, what pursuits they enjoy, how they use the countryside and their consumption habits".

“This will enable us to better understand how to provide for increasing expansion of market towns”.

The research will be presented at a Festival of Postgraduate Research at the University on 29 June. The Festival introduces employers and the public to the next generation of innovators and cutting-edge researchers, and gives postgraduate researchers the opportunity to explain the real world implications of their research to a wide-ranging audience.

Ather Mirza | alfa
Further information:

More articles from Studies and Analyses:

nachricht Rutgers-led innovation could spur faster, cheaper, nano-based manufacturing
14.02.2018 | Rutgers University

nachricht New study from the University of Halle: How climate change alters plant growth
12.01.2018 | Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

All articles from Studies and Analyses >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Mars' oceans formed early, possibly aided by massive volcanic eruptions

Oceans formed before Tharsis and evolved together, shaping climate history of Mars

A new scenario seeking to explain how Mars' putative oceans came and went over the last 4 billion years implies that the oceans formed several hundred million...

Im Focus: Tiny implants for cells are functional in vivo

For the first time, an interdisciplinary team from the University of Basel has succeeded in integrating artificial organelles into the cells of live zebrafish embryos. This innovative approach using artificial organelles as cellular implants offers new potential in treating a range of diseases, as the authors report in an article published in Nature Communications.

In the cells of higher organisms, organelles such as the nucleus or mitochondria perform a range of complex functions necessary for life. In the networks of...

Im Focus: Locomotion control with photopigments

Researchers from Göttingen University discover additional function of opsins

Animal photoreceptors capture light with photopigments. Researchers from the University of Göttingen have now discovered that these photopigments fulfill an...

Im Focus: Surveying the Arctic: Tracking down carbon particles

Researchers embark on aerial campaign over Northeast Greenland

On 15 March, the AWI research aeroplane Polar 5 will depart for Greenland. Concentrating on the furthest northeast region of the island, an international team...

Im Focus: Unique Insights into the Antarctic Ice Shelf System

Data collected on ocean-ice interactions in the little-researched regions of the far south

The world’s second-largest ice shelf was the destination for a Polarstern expedition that ended in Punta Arenas, Chile on 14th March 2018. Oceanographers from...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>



Industry & Economy
Event News

Virtual reality conference comes to Reutlingen

19.03.2018 | Event News

Ultrafast Wireless and Chip Design at the DATE Conference in Dresden

16.03.2018 | Event News

International Tinnitus Conference of the Tinnitus Research Initiative in Regensburg

13.03.2018 | Event News

Latest News

Physicists made crystal lattice from polaritons

20.03.2018 | Physics and Astronomy

Mars' oceans formed early, possibly aided by massive volcanic eruptions

20.03.2018 | Physics and Astronomy

Thawing permafrost produces more methane than expected

20.03.2018 | Earth Sciences

Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>