I am a PhD student at the Department of Urban Studies at Malmö University. I study resident perspectives on area-based initiatives in urban marginalized areas. In my PhD-research, I study the residential area Gårdsten in Gothenburg, where since the late 1990s the municipal housing company Gårdstensbostäder has had the responsibility to ensure the area’s positive development. I study how tenants view initiatives organized by the housing company and how tenants view changes in the area. Moreover, I study resident practices that aim to counteract the area’s stigmatization.