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The NIMBY Phenomenon as a Source of a Local Urban Conflict

Student: Aleksandra Abaimova

Supervisor: Ivan Medvedev

Faculty: Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism

Educational Programme: Urban Development and Spatial Planning (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2017

This dissertation attempts to address the so-called “NIMBY phenomenon” (Not In My Back Yard) as a source of a local urban conflict. This term is used to describe opposition by residents to a proposal for a new development close to them. The author describes the complex nature of this phenomenon, its positive and negative effects, as well as the methods available to respond to conflicts of this type. This study summarizes the foreign concepts devoted to the study of the NIMBY phenomenon from various angles. The formation of the internal logic of the NIMBY phenomenon is described with the help of the concept of "right to the city" and the collective action theory. The dissertation explores how these theoretical writings can be used to explain the essence of the NIMBY phenomenon. The author for the first time conducted an analysis of the Russian practice of resolving NIMBY contradictions. In addition, the strategy of working with the phenomenon in Moscow is examined in detail.

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