Governing Social Diversity in Warsaw:
Problems and Prospects

Warsaw, 14-15 May 2015

Today’s metropolises are rapidly developing cities, which are creative in respect to function and human capital. They are socially diversified resulting from intensifying international migration, socio-economic differences and growing tolerance revealing multiple dimensions of individual identities. Diversity touches on various areas of urban life constituting a tremendous challenge, but at the same time a significant asset of contemporary cities.

DIVERCITIES, an international project carried out by fourteen reputable scientific institutions including the Stanislaw Leszczycki Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization of the Polish Academy of Sciences, aims to investigate the social consequences of urban hyper-diversity. An important objective of the project is to develop guidelines concerning urban policy and governance under the conditions of intensifying social diversification.

The conference aims to discuss ways to effectively plan for and manage aspects related to urban social diversity with an eye to counterbalancing any negative effects. The benefits of diversity include: the sustainable and smart growth of cities; the strengthening of social cohesion; improving social mobility; and enhancing economic performance. Positive initiatives from other cities were considered to create effective tools to manage diversity governance in Warsaw.

The conference targets scientists, policymakers and representatives of local government and non-governmental organizations dealing with issues related to social diversity. Particular attention is given to the socially diverse district of Warsaw – Praga Północ, DIVERCITIES’ case study area which faces numerous challenges.

Stanislaw Leszczycki Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences

The City of Warsaw – Centre for Public Communication and Office of Social Support and Projects

The Conference is financed by the 7 EU FP projects DIVERCITIES and is organized under the auspices of the Warsaw Unit of the Society of Polish Town Planners.

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