Wide-reaching International Research


The four-year EU funded FP7 DIVERCITIES research project was interested in how to create social cohesion, social mobility and economic performance in today’s hyper-diversified cities. Contemporary European cities 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. Through in-depth research in 14 countries, DIVERCITIES aimed to find solutions and suggestions for policymakers on how best to work with and take advantage of diversity’s assets to provide dynamic neighbourhoods that provide opportunity for all. Research was undertaken in 14 deprived neighbourhoods in 13 European cities and Toronto.

My Role

I was one of the founding members of the DIVERCITIES research network, member of the DIVERCITIES Scientific Steering Committee and lead reseachers for the Toronto case study.


Over the course of the project six International Consortium Meetings were held. Fourteen in-depth city books, seven policy briefs with recommendations and 12 newsletters and were published along with flyers and a litereature review. The concluding Governing Urban Diversity Conferences held in Rotterdam in February 2017 brought together the research with keynote addresses from leading researchers, interactive workshops, field trips and a Diversity Mini-Festival showcasing the talents from the Rotterdam research area. The final publication was the Handbook for Governing Hyper-diverse Cities, which I co-edited with my colleagues Gideon Bolt, Larissa Pluss and Walter Schenkel.

At a glance

Million € funding

Case Studies

Partner Institutions


Detailed information is available on the project's website