The Challenge of Governing Urban Diversity


Marie Jahoda Summer School 2016
3rd – 9th of July 2016, Vienna

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General Information

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.

The principal aim of the DIVERCITIES Summer School is to elaborate and discuss how Europe can benefit from diversity. Our central hypothesis is that urban diversity is an asset. It can inspire creativity and innovation, create cities that are more livable and harmonious, stimulate local and national economies and make European cities more competitive.

Urban diversity can be a strength rather than a burden. It can positively affect social cohesion, social mobility and economic performance. But a re-think of public policies and governance models is needed to make more intelligent use of diversity’s potential.

Guiding Questions

— What are the positive and negative effects of socio-economic, socio-demographic, ethnic, and cultural diversity for society, the city and the urban economy?

— Is there convincing evidence on the positive contribution of diversity to the crucial outcomes of social cohesion, economic performance and social mobility?

— What is the role of existing policies and governance arrangements, in content as well as in form, in promoting beneficial aspects of urban diversity?


The 7-day schedule, with the exception of day 1 and day 7, is divided into two parts: the morning session will consist of an introduction and discussion of various conceptual, theoretical, empirical and methodological aspects of diversity in a lecture and seminar format. The afternoon session will consist of research presentations and a focus on methodological challenges, considerations and experiences. The afternoon session will provide participants of the Summer School with a transparent environment to explore and discuss project challenges with “senior” PhDs and Post-Docs.

This peer-review teaching concept provides opportunities to early Phd’s to scrutinise the full life cycle of a (European) research project, beginning with the research application, design, concept operationalisation, to data collection, analyses, reporting and dissemination. The overall goal of the afternoon working groups will be to exchange and discuss various problems experienced during the project phase. Hence, this school provides an excellent opportunity to learn successful problem-solving strategies. This Summer School will formulate recommendations for early Phd’s and improve their skills and insights in order to help shape and sharpen future projects. The final day foresees a feedback session in the morning and a lecture and roundtable in the afternoon on “Challenging concepts for studying urban diversity” with DIVERCITIES scholars and renowned international Vienna-based urban researchers.

Credit information

Participation in the summer school corresponds to a workload of 5 ECTS.

You will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of your course which you may use to show evidence of the skills you have learnt during the course and have the credits accepted by your home university.

In one of the afternoon sessions you will be required to present your PhD project and methodology.


The overall aim of the summer school is to facilitate an intensive and collaborative exchange across disciplines for early stage PhD students in addressing the growing complexity facing contemporary inequality research across the globe in cities, regions and states.

Accordingly, a mix of internationally esteemed scholars, researchers and practitioners will be brought together to provide a diverse but thematically focused range of research perspectives across methodological and disciplinary boundaries. This approach will be set within an innovative learning environment for selected participants from across the social sciences who will benefit from a fine-tuned mix of foundational lectures and method workshops.


The Summer School addresses primarily early stage PhD students who are exploring themes and methods related to the Summer School focus. In exceptional cases, advanced Master students who have prepared or are planning a PhD project on the topic might be admitted as well. In accordance with the Summer School’s interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach, students from across the social sciences (from anthropology to political science, sociology, economics) and space-sensitive disciplines (e.g. geography, planning, and architecture, …) will be eligible to apply. Indeed, a diversity of participants is desired to enrich the quality of the individual modules and the overall learning potential.

PhD students, early stage researchers and exceptionally late Master students are welcome to apply for the summer school.

To apply please fill out the application form and upload the following documents online:

— a letter of motivation (max. 1 page)
— a CV (max. 2 pages)
—an abstract of your own PhD project (max. 2 pages)

The deadline for applications is April 17th, 2016.

Applicants will be informed if they have been selected for the DIVERCITIES Summer School by May 15th, 2016 at the latest.

Participants will be chosen by a committee and efforts will be made to ensure a gender balance. A small number of spaces will be allocated to students/researchers based in Vienna.

Keynote Speakers

Vassilis Arapoglou is an Assistant Professor in sociology of inequalities and social exclusion at the Department of Sociology at the University of Crete. His research interests are urban inequalities, poverty and social exclusion, urban social policies in comparative perspective, social psychology of urban problems, migration, citizenship and forms of belonging. He is an editorial board member of the European Urban & Regional Studies.

Eduardo Barberis (MA sociology, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, PhD in Urban and Local European Studies, University of Milan-Bicocca) holds a post-doc position at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo, where he lectures on Immigration policy and cofounded the Centre for Applied Research on Transculturalism. He also works on anti-discrimination policy and research. His research interests include local and comparative governance of welfare and immigration policies.

Gideon Bolt is an Assistant Professor of Urban Geography, Methods and Techniques and holds a PhD from Utrecht University. His research focuses on urban policy, residential segregation, and neighbourhood choice. He is the editor of the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment.

Ayse Caglar is an anthropologist of the University of Vienna and an expert on globalisation and transnationalisation processes and transformations of nation states and changing property relations. Migration and neoliberal urban restructuring and migrants are crucial entry points of her analyses, and also of transnational legal spaces and citizenship relations.

Yuri Kazepov is a professor of International Urban Sociology and Compared Welfare Systems at the University of Vienna (Austria) from March 2015. He directed the MA in Social Policy Management and the European Master in Comparative Urban Studies at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo. From 2010 to 2014 he was the President of RC21 on Urban and Regional Development of the International Sociological Association.

Thomas Maloutas is a Professor of Human Geography at the Department of Geography, Harokopio University and the Director of the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE). He studied Architecture and Geography in Paris. His research focuses on residential segregation, gentrification, housing and welfare regimes, and social stratification.

Stijn Oosterlynck is Associate Professor in Urban Sociology at the University of Antwerp. He holds MAs in Sociology from Ghent University (2001) and Lancaster University (2002) and a PhD in Sociology from Lancaster University (2008). His research focuses on the politics of urban development, social urban renewal, solidarity in diversity and social innovation and the restructuring of the welfare state.

Jan Rath is a Professor of Sociology, Member of the Center for Urban Studies and the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) at the Amsterdam Institute for  Social Science Research (AISSR), University of Amsterdam. He received his MA Degree in cultural anthropology and urban studies and his PhD from Utrecht University. He has been an advisor for Dutch local and national governments, the European Commission, the OECD, the United Nations, and various other organisations.

Mike Raco is Professor of Urban Governance and Development in the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. He has published widely on the topics of urban governance, regeneration, sustainability, and the politics of urban economic development. Much of his research is UK focused but he has also written extensively on the politics of urban regeneration in the EU and East Asia.

Walter Schenkel, partner at synergo GmbH since 2001, studied political science at the University of Zurich (PhD in 1998). He was researcher at the Institute of Political Sciences, University of Zurich, and at the Institute of Public Administration, Erasmus University of Rotterdam. He published on environmental and transportation policy, urban planning, federalism, urban development, and network management.

Nicos Souliotis is a researcher at the National Centre for Social Research, Athens. He holds a PhD in Sociology (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 2005). His research activity and publications focus on the relations of urban change, consumption and cultural economy and the recent transformations of urban governance in Athens.

Tiit Tammaru is a Professor of Population and Urban Geography at the University of Tartu, Department of Geography. His current research focuses on social and ethnic differences in migration, housing and residential segregation in Estonia and other cities in Eastern Europe.

Tuna Taşan-Kok is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Amsterdam. She is one of the founding members of the DIVERCITIES research network and member of the DIVERCITIES Scientific Steering Committee. She holds a MSc in Regional Planning (1996) and a PhD in Urban Geography (2004). Her research interests include neoliberal urban planning and multi-level urban governance.

(invited) Steven Vertovec is Director of the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen and Honorary Joint Professor of Sociology and Ethnology, University of Göttingen. Previously he was Professor of Transnational Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, Director of the British Economic and Social Research Council’s Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), and Senior Research Fellow at Linacre College, Oxford.

Afternoon Sessions

Yvonne Franz is urban geographer and postdoc-researcher at the Institute for Urban and Regional Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Her research focus lies on neighbourhood development, migration and integration as well as gentrification and social housing. She coordinates the JPI Urban Europe project “Interethnic Coexistence in European Cities (ICEC)” with case studies in Amsterdam, Stockholm and Vienna.

Feriha Nazda Güngördü is a PhD student at the Middle East Technical University (METU), Department of Urban Policy Planning and Local Governments. She graduated from City and Regional Planning, METU in 2012 as the third top ranking graduate and pursued her graduate studies in Regional Planning again at METU.

Tatiana Moreira de Souza is a PhD candidate at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (UCL). She holds a BSc in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (2005), and a MSc in Urban Regeneration from UCL (2010). The titel of her PhD thesis is “Social Interaction in Mixed-Tenure Neighbourhoods: a Comparative Analysis of Housing Regeneration in the UK and in the Netherlands”.

Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen is a researcher at the Danish Building Research Institute and has a background in sociology at the University of Copenhagen. She has considerable methodological experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods including working with mixed methods research designs. Thematically, Rikke’s research focus is on settlement patterns, migration, ethnic minority groups, housing careers, segregation and urban development caused by settlement patterns.

Larissa Plüss is a Research Associate at synergo GmbH since 2013. In her dissertation in the field of political science, she investigated questions of governance and democracy at the local and the metropolitan level (PhD in 2012). During her PhD, she worked as a Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Political Sciences of the University of Zurich. Besides various research, teaching and publication activities, she gained wide experience in projects in the field of spatial development policy.

Anouk Tersteeg is an urban geographer in the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She obtained a MSc(Res) in Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her PhD research focuses on resident experiences with living in hyper-diverse contexts.

Full information is available on the University of Vienna website including the programme and contacts