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Positional Goods: New inequalities and the importance of relative position

September 2006

The Young Foundation’s project on Positional Goods explored the emergence of new inequalities in modern Britain and the importance of relative position: “Keeping up with the Jones’s”. The project’s aims were to understand modern trends in material consumption, celebrity lifestyles and ‘luxury fever’ as well as the slow decline in happiness levels, rising sustainability concerns,... Find out more

Bridging the Gap: The London Olympics 2012 and South Asian – owned Businesses in Brick Lane and Green Street

This report which reveals a significant gap between the activities of the London Olympics 2012 development agencies and the expectations of small businesses in Brick Lane and Green Street. The study of 50 small Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani catering, commercial and retail outlets in Brick Lane (Tower Hamlets) and Green Street (Newham) analyses what local... Find out more

Mapping Britain’s Unmet Needs

We were asked to look at needs in Britain by The Commission on Unclaimed Assets and give a rough assessment of the most pressing unmet needs of 60 million people – urban and rural, marginalised and empowered, rich and poor. Our aim is not to be comprehensive or definitive –but to illuminate key issues and... Find out more

North East London: a case study of globalisation

This paper was put together for the 2006 Tällberg Forum exploring the impact of globalisation on the people, communities and economies of three north-east London boroughs: Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney. The boroughs of North East London are places where many of the changes driven by globalisation are visible in a stark form. They include... Find out more

Neighbouring in Contemporary Britain

In recent decades increased mobility, longer life expectancy and the breakdown of the extended family have changed the way we live our lives, and the extent to which we are able to be ‘neighbourly’. This think-piece reviews the way people interact with their neighbours (neighbouring) in contemporary Britain and questions whether we still need good... Find out more

Mapping Value in the Built Urban Environment

The Value Mapping project was commissioned by CABE in late 2005 and was managed by the Young Foundation, drawing on a team with experience of research and practice. The project was commissioned in order to better capture less tangible things that people value from places – specifically new buildings. This would look at aspects of... Find out more

Social Housing Allocations and Family Networks

The Young Foundation, together with the Institute of Community Studies before it, have long been interested in the effects of housing allocation policies on family life. But with the emergence of credit-based letting systems, this whole area is now changing very rapidly, so that comparison with regimes in the past is becoming much harder. This... Find out more