Online kick-off conference Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre - Governance of Migration and Diversity


Prof. dr. Ash Amin

Professor Amin is Professor of Geography and Head of the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge. He is known for his work on the geographies of modern living, on ‘seeing like a city’ but also race and multiculturism as a hybrid of biopolitics. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of Social Sciences, and Foreign Member of the Italian Academia Nazionale Dei Lincei.

University of Cambridge
Monday 12 Apr 2021, 13:00 - 15:30
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The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Research Centre Governance of Migration and Diversity (GMD) is a research centre of scholars focusing on the governance of migration and diversity. With its multi- and interdisciplinary knowledge infrastructure, the mission of the LDE Centre GMD is to generate knowledge for and have impact on the governance of migration and diversity at various levels to achieve resilient and inclusive societies. With great excitement, we invite you to the Opening Conference of this new centre. 


At this conference, we launch the new LDE Centre GMD by inviting a variety of scholars, policymakers and civil society organizations to discuss how governance can contribute to inclusive societies and how we can deal with the challenges and opportunities offered by migration and migration-related diversities. Through the use of virtual breakout rooms, this conference is guaranteed to take you through thought-provoking dialogues between academics and stakeholders alike. 

Framing belonging beyond nativism: lived identities and everyday cohabitation in Europe

Migration and migration-related diversities are amongst the most complex governance challenges today. This is nothing new; migration has been at the heart of societal transformations in the past and is likely to remain so in the future. In fact, the rise of ‘superdiversity’ takes the importance of migration and diversity to a next level.

Understanding this complexity requires contributions from across various academic disciplines and demands a focus that connects the history and the present, and the local to the national and the global. Therefore, the University of Leiden, Delft University of Technology, and Erasmus University Rotterdam have agreed to work together in the LDE Centre Governance of Migration and Diversity to mobilize robust knowledge to understand the complexities of migration and diversity. The three universities are amongst the most diverse universities in the world while being located in some of the most diverse cities in the world, shaped by migration and migration-related diversities throughout their histories.


You can register for the event here until 7 April 2021. Registered participants will receive a Webex link. The event will be in English, and the conference is free of charge for all participants. For more information, visit the web page or send an email

Breakout sessions

Round 1Round 2
Vital Cities and Citizens (VCC)Inclusive learning in a superdiverse city: CityLabs in Rotterdam
SPRING Horizon project: a systematic account of evidence on integration policy practicesIm/mobility and place-making
Sexuality & Migration History Tackling inequality in inner-city redevelopment: juggling space and diversity
Crimmigration & Border Games: Looking at the dynamics of the supranational, national and local governance of migration and border controlCitizenship, migration and global transformation 
Den Haag Zuidwest: een scriptiewerkplaats (in Dutch)Regional reception: a report for Parliament 

Vital Cities and Citizens 

With the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens, Erasmus University Rotterdam wants to help improve the quality of life in cities. In vital cities, the population can achieve their life goals through education, useful work and participation in public life. The vital city is a platform for creativity and diversity, a safe meeting place for different social groups. The researchers involved focus on one of the four sub-themes:

•    Inclusive Cities and Diversity
•    Resilient Cities and People
•    Smart Cities and Communities 
•    Sustainable and Just Cities

VCC is a collaboration between Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB), Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) and International Institute of Social Studies (ISS).