Antwerp, Belgium
Athens, Greece
Budapest, Hungary
Copenhagen, Denmark
Istanbul, Turkey
Leipzig, Germany
London, United Kingdom
Milan, Italy
Paris, France
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Tallinn, Estonia
Toronto, Canada
Warsaw, Poland
Zurich, Switzerland

Creating social cohesion, social mobility and economic performance in today’s hyper-diversified cities

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. Read the full project brief.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No. 319970. SSH.2012.2.2.2-1; Governance of cohesion and diversity in urban contexts.


Links to our recent publications


Our Handbook for Governing Hyper-diverse Cities is based on DIVERCITIES research in 14 countries. Our aim is to provide insight for policy makers on how to improve social cohesion, social mobility and economic performance in cities and to give policy makers ideas on how to unlock the positive aspects of urban diversity.


City Books

Our City Books from each of fourteen case study cities are available to download on our website.

Policy Briefs

Our Policy Briefs provide advice on how best to govern urban diversity informed by research in all fourteen of our case study cities.

Policy Brief No. 7:
The Assets of Urban Diversity

Research Findings

Our latest reports, Fieldwork Entrepreneurs,  are now available to download as PDFs.

You can also download our previous in depth reports from each of our case study cities: Urban Policies on Diversity; Governance Arrangements and Initiatives; and Fieldwork Inhabitants.

Latest News

Keep up-to-date with the latest DIVERCITIES developments
Assets of urban diversity

The Assets of Urban Diversity

Our latest and final Policy Brief titled The Assets of Urban Diversity is now available. You can read the abstract and download the full document below or view all of our Policy Briefs on our

Diversity and social cohesion

Diversity and social cohesion: the case of Jane-Finch, a highly diverse lower-income Toronto neighbourhood is the title of Donya Ahmadi’s article published in the Urban Research & Practice journal. The abstract is below and the

City Sleeps: Gentrification

Gideon Bolt had an early start as a guest on De Dagwacht (The Morning Watch) program on NPO Radio 1. Speaking on the topic of gentrification, Gideon spoke on the subject backgrounded by DIVERCITIES research.

Highlights Video Our highlights video from the recent DIVERCITIES: Governing Urban Diversity Conference in Rotterdam is available to watch on our website and on our YouTube Channel. Produced by Hoyinck Photography, the short film captures the

DIVERCITIES: Governing Urban Diversity Conference

Took place in Rotterdam 8-10 February 2017
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Following four years of extensive research, the DIVERCITIES: Governing Urban Diversity conference related the findings from the project to existing knowledge and practice; we not only had formal (scientific) presentations but also a created real workshops for policy-makers and practitioners, who were in dialogue with the researchers involved in the project.

It was our intention to organise a dynamic conference with scientific presentations and papers by researchers alongside a wide spectrum of stakeholders including leaders of projects in different cities comprising school teachers, neighbourhood workers, community planners, etc. Our aim was to organise an international public event where the positive elements of urban diversity were presented via a multidisciplinary programme of science, art, music, theatre and film. We’ll be posting reports and stories from the DIVERCITIES: Governing Urban Diversity Conference on our blog in coming weeks.

Our Case Studies

A European research team, headed by Utrecht University is conducting a comparative study in thirteen European cities. Research will also be carried out in Toronto (Canada), one of the world’s most diverse cities. Case studies will be examined where diversity was leveraged to achieve social and socio-economic benefits. The role of urban policies and governance arrangements in stimulating social and economic progress will also be critically analysed.

Chinatown, AntwerpAntwerp

Athens GreeceAthens

Budapest HungaryBudapest

Copenhagen DenmarkCopenhagen

Istanbul, TurkeyIstanbul

Leipzig GermanyLeipzig

London, United KingdomLondon

Milan ItalyMilan

Paris, FranceParis

Rotterdam, the NetherlandsRotterdam

Tallinn, EstoniaTallinn

Jane-Finch, Toronto.Toronto

Warsaw, PolandWarsaw

District 9, ZurichZurich