Antwerp, Belgium
Athens, Greece
Budapest, Hungary
Copenhagen, Denmark
Istanbul, Turkey
Leipzig, Germany
London, United Kingdom
Milan, Italy
Paris, France
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Tallinn, Estonia
Toronto, Canada
Warsaw, Poland
Zurich, Switzerland

Creating social cohesion, social mobility and economic performance in today’s hyper-diversified cities

European cities today are more diverse than ever before. Immigration, socio-economic inequalities, spatial segregation and a diversity of identities and lifestyles are all contributing factors. The challenges faced by urban policymakers and institutions to meet the needs of Europe’s increasingly diverse population are numerous and complex. Read the full project brief.

Advisory BoardCase StudiesPartnersProject Staff Researchers

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No. 319970. SSH.2012.2.2.2-1; Governance of cohesion and diversity in urban contexts.

Policy Briefs

Our Policy Briefs provide advice on how best to govern urban diversity informed by research in all fourteen of our case study cities.

Research Findings

In depth reports from each of our case study cities on Urban Policies on Diversity, Governance Arrangements and Initiatives, and Fieldwork Inhabitants. Our Fieldwork Entrepreneur reports will be published later in the year.

Latest News

Keep up-to-date with the latest DIVERCITIES developments

Diversity Encounters in Berlin

Berlin hosted the Diversity Encounters: Intersectional and Post-Colonial conference. In an effort to move the academic debate and research on diversity beyond the racial and ethnic lens, contributors applied intersectional and/or post-colonial perspective. Papers presented
One World

OneWorld on safari with DIVERCITIES

OneWorld went on safari with DIVERCITIES researcher Anouk Tersteeg in the Feijenoord district of Rotterdam to uncover the positive effects of ethnic diversity, a counter to diversity often being connected to problems.

Urban diversity as an opportunity in Geografie

The May 2016 issue of Geografie features an article considering urban diversity as an opportunity using the Rotterdam case study and the Diverse Cities Educational Programme as examples. The issue also includes a tribute to

Coming Up

Cross-Evaluation Conference

The next major event for DIVERCITIES is the Cross-Evaluation Conference. The aim of the meeting is to bring together civil society representatives, policy makers and academic experts from across Europe to discuss how urban diversity can positively affect social cohesion, economic performance and the social mobility of individuals and groups.

20-21 September 2016

Our Case Studies

A European research team, headed by Utrecht University is conducting a comparative study in thirteen European cities. Research will also be carried out in Toronto (Canada), one of the world’s most diverse cities. Case studies will be examined where diversity was leveraged to achieve social and socio-economic benefits. The role of urban policies and governance arrangements in stimulating social and economic progress will also be critically analysed.

Chinatown, AntwerpAntwerp

Athens GreeceAthens

Budapest HungaryBudapest

Copenhagen DenmarkCopenhagen

Istanbul, TurkeyIstanbul

Leipzig GermanyLeipzig

London, United KingdomLondon

Milan ItalyMilan

Paris, FranceParis

Rotterdam, the NetherlandsRotterdam

Tallinn, EstoniaTallinn

Jane-Finch, Toronto.Toronto

Warsaw, PolandWarsaw

District 9, ZurichZurich

Concluding Conference

DIVERCITIES: Governing Urban Diversity

9-10 February 2017
De Doelen, Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Following four years of extensive research, the DIVERCITIES: Governing Urban Diversity conference aims to relate the findings from the project to existing knowledge and practice; this implies not only formal (scientific) presentations but also a dedicated effort to create real workshops for policy makers and practitioners, who will be in dialogue with the researchers involved in the project.

It is our intention not to organise a traditional scientific conference with only presentations and papers by researchers. We want to give the floor to a wide spectrum of stakeholders, including leaders of projects in different cities, for example, school teachers, neighbourhood workers, community planners, etc. The aim is to organise an international public event where the positive elements of urban diversity will be presented in via multidisciplinary programme of science, art, music, theatre and film. Keep up to date with developments on the DIVERCITIES: Governing Urban Diversity page and on the blog.