Welcome to ICEC: Interethnic Coexistence in European Cities

International research has shown that urban neighbourhoods continue to be important spaces of social interaction and places of interethnic coexistence. Super-diversity at the neighbourhood level can mirror problem constellations at the city scale. Problems within neigh­bourhoods shaped by diversity require locally determined solutions and municipal policies increasingly take a territorial approach 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 the main two core questions:

  1. Which political measures are the most adequate for strengthening the integrative power of an urban neighbourhood as a place of living and identification of a diverse urban population?
  2. 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, through the involvement of the local population during the design and implementation of new policies to promote integration.

Our results will hopefully be used to help shape municipal policies that create integrative neighbourhoods.