Research Title: Gambling with Regeneration
Director of Studies: Professor Peter Newman
Second Supervisor: Dr Adam Eldridge
Starting Date and Mode of Study: 2007 Full-Time
The focus of the thesis is on policy stories of casino development following the Gambling Act 2005. The casino strategy within the Gambling Act 2005 is one such example of a cultural regeneration lever that generates new policy processes. This research focuses on regional, sub-regional and local policy innovation, deliberation and implementation at three coastal resorts – Great Yarmouth, Scarborough and Torbay – and links planning to a wider debate about the future of cold water resorts. This thesis aims to contribute to the debate about regeneration processes in the UK and specifically for seaside resorts. At present a national seaside resort policy as regards regeneration does not exist. The problems for policy innovation in this area have been due to the geographic isolation of resorts and the distinctive characters, traditions and variances in socio-cultural and economic conditions of each coastal town. Understanding these differing place specific cultures based on a complexity of place specific cultural moments in time which have produced an array of localised cultural histories, values and meanings is being investigated alongside casino development. Questions are asked as to why the government has launched a regeneration strategy which relies totally on private sector investment in tourism areas that have excess capacity of accommodations, attractions and other tourism assets. Particular questions are asked as to why the casino industry is seen as a suitable investor in the socio-economic and cultural capital of coastal towns. Questions regarding the vulnerability of adolescents and children left unsupervised by casino patrons are considered.