From acceptance to continuance: Understanding the influence of initial participation experience on residents' intentions to continue participation in neighborhood rehabilitation

Yu Li*, Taozhi Zhuang, Queena K. Qian, Erwin Mlecnik, Henk J. Visscher

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Abstract

In the context of increasing focus on social sustainability, neighborhood rehabilitation has emerged as a crucial component of global urban renewal initiatives. Distinct from most renewal paradigms that are usually one-offs, neighborhood rehabilitation is a long-term endeavor that requires ongoing resident participation to effectively address diverse needs, investment shortages, and governance challenges. Extant research predominantly focuses on residents' initial engagement, leaving the dynamics of continued participation and its influencing factors largely unexamined. Employing the Expectation-Confirmation Model (ECM), this study explores how residents' initial participation experiences influence their intentions to continue participation. Analyzing questionnaire responses from 367 experienced residents in Wuhan, China, the study finds that a mere 38.2 % of residents exhibit re-engage intention. Path analysis shows that initial participation experience influences residents' re-engage intention indirectly through participation satisfaction and perceived usefulness. Residents' re-engage intention is most influenced by level of influence residents hold in decision-making, followed by type of activities they engage in, and stage of their initial involvement. As an exploratory study into the realm of continued participation, this research uncovers several potential pathways and policy recommendations, aiming to ease residents' transition from initial acceptance to sustained engagement in future neighborhood development efforts.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104788
Number of pages16
JournalCities
Volume147
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Funding

The authors express their gratitude to the reviewers for their insightful suggestions which have helped to enhance the quality of the paper. We would also like to extend our thanks to the interviewees for their invaluable input, and the residents for their time and effort in answering the questions. This research is funded by the China Scholarship Council (No. 202107720045).

Keywords

  • neighborhood rehabilitation
  • urban renewal
  • resident participation
  • continued participation
  • expectation-confirmation model (ECM)
  • China

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