Social mix in context: Comparing housing regeneration programs in Australia and Israel

Iris Levin, Nava Kainer Persov, Kathy Arthurson, Anna Ziersch

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During the past 30 years, social mix has been on the policy agenda of many countries as a tool for deconcentrating urban disadvantage and enhancing social inclusion. However, these projects often take diverse forms in different institutional and policy contexts. In this article, we compare two separate studies of current urban regeneration programs in Australia and Israel. The comparative analysis reveals major similarities and differences regarding the physical and social outcomes of social mix. Our findings suggest that although both projects did not declare to create socially mixed communities, the resulting resident makeup was mixed. Despite differences in the projects’ physical designs, both resulted in two communities living side-by-side but not interacting meaningfully, and therefore not gaining from the possible benefits of social mix. We argue that international comparative studies of social mix policies in different contexts allow for a better understanding of the practicalities of social mix processes for policymakers and planners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-379
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Urban Affairs
Issue number3
Early online date29 Sep 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Urban regeneration
  • urban disadvantage
  • social mix
  • housing policy


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