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Success factors for brownfields redevelopment in Spain: A comparative analysis of three examples of brownfields with different status

The Brownfields phenomenon has a clear aim in the creation of initiatives of revitalization and redevelopment for contaminated/abandoned/derelict areas. Its heterogeneity in Europe has originated a complex conceptual framework with: an unclear scale of the phenomenon, a huge variety of interpretations and initiatives, a lack of standards and finally the no existence of a specific and clear legal framework that would control, register and state a range of criteria and guidelines for cases all along the EU members.

The aim of this project is to state a mainly qualitative comparison between three cases of brownfields in Spain, looking for the identification of factors of success in the process of redevelopment of the affected area. The project embraces an Introduction and pre-analysis of the brownfields phenomenon, followed by the identification of the problem and the subsequent problem formulation, then a conceptual-analytical framework that shapes the methodology of analysis, plus the description of the three chosen Case Studies, their comparison and analysis, and at last the final Discussion and Conclusions.

The problem formulation focusses in four lines of analysis: the current general situation of the brownfields phenomenon in Spain, the explanation of the figure of the factors of success, the possible convergences and divergences that may exist between brownfield cases with different status of redevelopment and finally how the potential findings can influence future perspectives of the phenomenon in Spain.

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(Master thesis Aalborg University - København Department of Development & Planning MSc in Land Management. Semester IV. June 2016. Author: J. Daniel González Carmena). See also other thesis with a focus on land management, flood risk mapping, GIS , climate change adaptation and more :Land Use & Governance, Land Degradation, Brownfields redevelopment, Sustainable Land Management, Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Impact Assessment, Spatial Planning, etc.