On a recent Monday afternoon, Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen and Vigdis Blach of the Copenhagen DIVERCITIES team visited The Municipality of Copenhagen to present findings from DIVERCITIES research.
We were invited by the Public Housing Office (Almeneboliger) and the City Development Office (Byensudvikling) as part of their “Knowledge-kick on Deprived Neighbourhoods” (Videnskick om udsattebyområder) project. The programme consisted of three afternoons dedicated to elaborating on the field of research into deprived neighbourhoods. The aim was to highlight the dynamics and structures in relation to deprived neighbourhoods and the cohesive city. The Municipality of Copenhagen has played a significant part in the DIVERCITIES research, both as interviewees and policy members. Furthermore, the municipality is the biggest workplace in Denmark, and therefore a very important player in the diversity field.
About 40 people from various offices and adminstrations in the municipality attended. The aim of the presentation was to elaborate on hyper-diversity and gentrification.
As underlined in the DIVERCITIES research, a comprehensive understanding of the hyper-diversity of the city is nessasary when developing policies and working in the field. Hyper-diversity as a term is new, one that DIVERCITIES is presenting to the municipality.
Gentrification has already occured in several neighbourhoods in Copenhagen, and is by now a familiar term among employees working in this field.
The Danish team is working on a Danish publication with recommendations based on the DIVERCITIES research. The publication is directed at the governance level and to organisations and enterprises interested in incorporating awareness of diversity into their business and work (see Housing Research Seminar 2016). The presentation was the first time we presented the recommendations from the publication.
As the event took place in December, the municipality served pancake puffs (in Danish “æbleskiver”), a traditional Danish Christmas pastry.
Image kindly taken by the Head of the Public Housing Office, Uffe Andreasen