Rethinking urban governance for the future of diverse and mobile cities

LDE Governance Migration and Diversity Conference
Wednesday 5 Apr 2023, 13:00 - 17:30
Spoken Language

Hotel New York - Koninginnenhoofd 1, 3072 AD Rotterdam

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Historically, cities have always been the hubs of domestic and international mobilities. But what does mobility mean for urban governance, such as housing, education, and labour? What does this diversification mean for inequalities, coexistence, non-discrimination, participation, conviviality, and identification? In other words, how can cities prepare for a future characterized by high levels of mobility and a deepening of diversity? This annual LDE GMD conference brings researchers, policymakers, practitioners, societal organizations, and academics together to jointly engage with how we can prepare our cities for their mobile and diverse futures.

Focusing on the challenges and opportunities of our cities, this conference creates perspectives on a future urban agenda and an opportunity to meet and share experiences about common urban challenges.

This conference will take place at the heart of one of our cities in Hotel New York in Rotterdam. An esteemed keynote by prof. dr. Nando Sigona (University of Birmingham) will kick off, followed up by a roundtable discussion on urban governance challenges and panels to collaboratively set the agenda.

Our Keynote

Prof. dr. Nando Sigona is the Chair of International Migration and Forced Displacement at the University of Birmingham and is the Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS). Professor Sigona’s work investigates the migration and citizenship nexus. This is achieved through an in-depth examination of a range of experiences of societal membership including, but not limited to, those of EU families; refugees; Roma, undocumented migrants, racialized minorities, unaccompanied minors, dual citizens, ‘failed’ asylum seekers and stateless people.

Programme & Panels

Welcome and plenary opening

The conference will be opened with a welcoming speech delivered by our Dean and a short Student Board speech delivered by Sofie de Baere and Olga van den Berg. 

Keynote, roundtable, and Q&A

Professor Nando Sigona will deliver his keynote and this will be followed by a roundtable moderated by Hassnae Bouazza. The audience will thereafter be able to ask questions during the Q&A.


First round

1. "Local assistance and support infrastructure for newly arrived migrants: pitfalls and possibilities" - Asya Pisarevskaya (Erasmus University), Lieke van der Veer (Erasmus University), and Elina Jonitz (Erasmus University).

2. "Do bright city lights dazzle or illuminate? Decision-making under uncertainty and urban migration" - Dr. Rodrigo V. Cardoso (Delft University of Technology), Prof. Dr. Martijn J. Burger (Erasmus University Rotterdam/EHERO), and Dr. Reinout Kleinhans (Delft University of Technology/LDE).

3. "Where’d my neighbor go? Understanding the perils of living in a climate-vulnerable neighborhood" - Dr. Theresa Audrey O. Esteban (Delft University of Technology) and Dr. Marhadhika Sjamsoeoed Sadjad (ISS).

Second round

1. "Dilemmas of Doing Diversity: between integration and concentration in the neighbourhood" - Suzan Abozyid (Leiden University), Patricia Wijntuin (Hogeschool Utrecht), and Cas Vercruysse (Delft University of Technology). 

2. "Migration public policies: Assessing the impact"- Dr. Dimiter Toshkov (Leiden University), Dr. Briitta van Staalduinen (Leiden University), and Dr. Anna-Lena Nadler (Leiden University).

3. "Urban Development in a Context of Migration: Perspectives from the Global South" - Darah Hashem (GIZ Egypt/LDE Fellow), Francois Menguele (GIZ Egypt), and David Schelkshorn (Delft University of Technology).

Closing Plenary



Who is this event for?

We invite scholars, practitioners, and students interested in social in and exclusion, diversities, and/or migration from Leiden, Delft, and Erasmus universities and beyond to enter into a discussion about the governance of cities vis a vis mobility. The aim of this conference is to create a deliberative space to exchange views on how we can best prepare our cities for future mobility. Scholars, practitioners, and policymakers of all career stages are welcome.


This event is organized by LDE Governance of Migration and Diversity


Do you have questions about this conference? Send an email to dr. Mark van Ostaijen.

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