ICEC: About the Project

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International research has shown that urban neighbourhoods are still important arenas of social interactions and places of interethnic coexistence. Super-diversity in the neighbourhood is a micro­cosm, mirroring problem constellations at the city scale. Yet problems within diversity-shaped neigh­bourhoods require locally determined solutions. Thus, municipal policies have increasingly taken a territorial focus when addressing social and integration problems through neighbourhood-based initiatives. Our project is based on a systematic comparison of the aims, structural features and outcomes of neighbourhood development programmes in Amsterdam, Vienna and Stockholm.

The project focuses on three core questions:

  1. Which political measures best support and strengthen the integrative power of an urban neighbourhood as a place of living and identification for a diverse urban population?
  2. How does participation in such local measures and initiatives impact neighbourhood belonging of local residents – or not? What kinds of differences can be found between (non-)participation in top-down and bottom-up organised initatives?
  3. How can cities promote interethnic coexistence in the local context?

Our main project goal is to initiate an evaluation and exchange of good practice between three distinct European cities. We follow an innovative research design at two levels: First, through the combination of basic and applied research conducted by researchers, policymakers and urban stakeholders. Second, by involving the civil society in the conceptualisation and implementation of new integrative policies. Our results will lend themselves to being installed by municipal policies that create integrative neighbourhoods.

For a brief overview of the project, there is a short video introduction produced by JPI Europe that explains the key elements quickly and precisely.