European cities today are more diverse than ever before. Immigration, socio-economic inequalities, spatial segregation and a diversity of identities and lifestyles are all contributing factors. The challenges faced by urban policymakers and institutions to meet the needs of Europe’s increasingly diverse population are numerous and complex.
The principal aim of the DIVERCITIES Summer School is to elaborate and discuss how Europe can benefit from diversity. Our central hypothesis is that urban diversity is an asset. It can inspire creativity and innovation, create cities that are more livable and harmonious, stimulate local and national economies and make European cities more competitive.
Urban diversity can be a strength rather than a burden. It can positively affect social cohesion, social mobility and economic performance. But a re-thinking of public policies and governance models is needed to make more intelligent use of diversity’s potential.