Inclusive Cities and Diversity
In cities across the world, power and (other) resources are unevenly distributed. Differences linked to class, gender, age, sexual orientation, race, and ethnicity have important consequences for people’s everyday experiences in and with the city. These differences ultimately shape people’s sense of belonging. They also encourage everyday practices that reproduce and/or challenge inequalities. What roles do citizens, policymakers, public officials, activists, businesses, and the media play in these efforts to negotiate diversity? How do they interact with each other and what are the resulting spatial, economic and social forms of in- and exclusion? How and why are these forms of in- and exclusion linked to specific urban settings and how do they fit (or not) within larger national and transnational contexts?
Dr. Maria Schiller
Maria Schiller is an Assistant Professor for Public Policy, Migration and Diversity. Often comparative, her research investigates local responses to migration, focusing on governance relationships, municipal administrations and bureaucratic practice. Maria coordinates the LDE-Master program 'Governance of Migration and Diversity'.
Dr. Isabel Awad
Isabel Awad is an Associate Professor in Media and Communication. Paying close attention to local histories, actors, and politics, her work underscores the key role of communication in sustaining and challenging social inequalities. Isabel is the academic coordinator of the ‘Media, Culture and Society’ Master program.
Collaboration between actors is key for governing diversity in cities. Inclusion is a process shaped by humans in interaction.
Struggles for social justice are always also struggles for communicative justice, for having a (fair) say, for being recognized, for shaping one’s own representation.