Inclusive Cities and Diversity

What role does class, gender, age, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity play when it comes to feeling connected to a city? Why are some forms of inequality linked to specific urban environments? Furthermore, what similarities and differences do we see regarding this issue both nationally and internationally?

What does this research involve?

We investigate the role of residents, policy makers, activists, businesses and media in how diverse and inclusive a city is. Researchers from various disciplines, together with city planners, are looking for answers to questions related to this theme.

Theme Leads

  • 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.

Interview Maria - A homogenous city does not exist

Interview Isabel - Pursuing social justice

Learning for Equality - On (Re)mapping Rotterdam

Learning For Equality

How do university students in Rotterdam engage with social inequalities in the city?

Report on workshop Steven Vertovec

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