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Governing Urban Diversity: Creating Social Cohesion, Social Mobility and Economic Performance in Today's Hyper-diversified Cities

Objective

The central hypothesis of this project is that socio-economic, socio-demographic, ethnic and cultural diversity can positively affect social cohesion, economic performance and social mobility of individuals and groups. A better social cohesion, higher economic performance and increased chances for social mobility will make European cities more liveable and more competitive. In this period of long-term economic downturn (or sometimes even crisis) and increasing competition from countries elsewhere in the world (e.g. China, India), it is important to find out how and under which circumstances European's urban diversity can be turned into social and economic advantages.
Many current urban policies lack a positive view on urban diversity, because they generally focus on the negative aspects of diversity, such as intolerance, racism, discrimination and insecurity. New policies, instruments and governance arrangements are needed, and sometimes they already exist. We have to find out how they have become successful and how they can be implemented elsewhere. When we acknowledge the hyper-diversity of our urban societies, we also have to acknowledge that these societies cannot flourish from standard or general approaches aiming at, for example, economic growth or better housing or more liveable neighbourhoods. Increasingly, more diverse, more tailored arrangements are needed, arrangements that have an eye for hyper-diverse cities and communities.
As a result of the project, new and innovative policy instruments and governance arrangements will be suggested that (a) recognise urban diversity as a positive aspect; (b) increase interaction and communication between the diversity of groups in urban society; and (c) increase participation to satisfy the needs of the communities.
The project thus aims at finding out how urban diversity influences three core issues: social cohesion, economic performance and social mobility and how governance arrangements help to strengthen this.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2012-1
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 675 784,50
Administrative Contact
Marjan Rossen (Dr.)

Participants (16)

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 445 202
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anne Adams (Mrs.)
MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 200 600
Address
Dumlupinar Bulvari 1
06800 Ankara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ayda Eraydin (Prof.)
SZEGEDI TUDOMANYEGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 183 080
Address
Dugonics Ter 13
6720 Szeged
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Zoltán Kovács (Prof.)
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 443 267
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hans Thor Andersen (Dr.)
UCL Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women’s Health
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 542 800
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Giles Machell (Mr.)
SYNERGO MOBILITAT-POLITIK-RAUM-GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 634 800
Address
Grubenstrasse 12
8045 Zürich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Walter Schenkel (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 506 792
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Erik Nieuwenhout (Mr.)
Universita' degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo
Italy
EU contribution
€ 98 814,40
Address
Via Aurelio Saffi 2
61029 Urbino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mary Cruz Braga (Dr.)
ETHNIKO KENTRO KOINONIKON EREVNON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 241 660
Address
Odos Kratinou 9 And Athinas
105 52 Athina
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thomas Maloutas (Prof.)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 390 263,67
Address
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Annette Schmidt (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE PARIS XII VAL DE MARNE
France
EU contribution
€ 317 800
Address
Avenue Du General De Gaulle 61
94010 Creteil
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nicolas Vautrin (Mr.)
TARTU ULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 258 160
Address
Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tiit Tammaru (Prof.)
INSTYTUT GEOGRAFII I PRZESTRZENNEGO ZAGOSPODAROWANIA IM STANISLAWA LESZCZYCKIEGO POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 172 720
Address
Ul. Twarda 51/55
00-818 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Zofia Nowicka (Mrs.)
FACHHOCHSCHULE ERFURT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 127 135,93
Address
Altonaer Strasse 25
99085 Erfurt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katrin Grossmann (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 177 310
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yuri Kazepov (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 82 639
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
José Komen (Ms.)