Governing Urban Diversity

In the last decades cities have become more diverse than ever before. Individuals who at first sight appear to belong to a fixed group may show different attitudes and behaviours. They may live in the same neighbourhood, but lead very different lives and have access to different opportunities. A European research team examined how cities can deal with and benefit from this diversity.

DIVERCITIES is the name of a research program which had conducted a comparative study from 2013 until 2017 in 13 European cities and Toronto. Their central hypothesis is that urban diversity is an asset. It can be a strength rather than a burden. It can positively affect social cohesion, social mobility and economic performance. According to them a re-think of public policies and governance models is needed to make more intelligent use of diversity’s potential.
Last month I visited their concluding conference. In this article a summary of the results by using extensively (copy-paste) the policy reviews t…

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