Socio-cultural diversity - Research themes

Institutions and Organizations

This theme brings together projects concerned with migration-driven diversification and the challenges it poses to various state and other formal institutions.


Cities and the Challenge of Diversity: a Study in Germany and France
Project leader: Karen Schönwälder, researchers: Christian Jacobs, Julia Martinez-Arińo, Michalis Moutselos, Maria Schiller, Alexandre Tandé

Addressing the diversity of asylum seekers’ needs and aspirations
Susanne Becker, Annett Fleischer, Miriam Schader, Steven Vertovec, Shahd Wari

Local transformations and asylum-seeker reception
Miriam Schader

Diversity and the Negotiation of Urban Life: Interactions of local state actors and residents for shaping responses to immigrant based- diversity
Maria Schiller

Planning diversity. The influence of city planning on spatial structures of diversity and the cohabitation of diverse groups
Christian Jacobs

Housing policy and mobilization in the French suburbs
Michalis Moutselos

Comparing planning interventions in culturally diverse cities of global immigration
Felicity Hwee-Hwa Chan

Re-casting local laďcité: The local governance of religious diversity in France
Julia Martínez-Arińo

Immigration and political socialization
Alex Street, Michael Jones-Correa (University of Pennsylvania), Chris Zepeda-Millán (Loyola Marymount University)

Local councilors with migration background: The role of migration background and ethnicity for their political practices
Cihan Sinanoglu

Political parties and diversity at the local level: A comparison between Berlin and Paris
Daniel Volkert

Post-multicultural cities and the politics of diversity
Maria Schiller

Socio-cultural Diversity and Political Issue Deliberation in Northern Ghana
Elena Gadjanova

Courting Non-coethnics: Campaigns Strategies in Africa’s Highly Diverse States
Elena Gadjanova

Competitive Elections and Ethnic Identification in Africa
Elena Gadjanova

Encounters and Representations

Research on this theme concerns social interactions and their effects on the social organization of difference, as well as ways that differing discourses and images about difference impact on specific social categories, perceptions and practices.


Diversity and Contact (‘DivCon’)
Project leader: Karen Schönwälder; Steven Vertovec, Sören Petermann, Jörg Hüttermann, Thomas Schmitt, Mijal Gandelsman-Trier, Christian Jacobs, Miles Hewstone and Katharina Schmid (both Oxford), Dietlind Stolle (McGill)

New forms of collective urban life
AbdouMaliq Simone

Deaf-hearing gestural interaction in Mumbai: An ethnography of communication
Annelies Kusters

The occupation of space, hierarchy and intersectionality in the Mumbai suburban trains
Annelies Kusters

Linguistic diversity and asylum
Susanne Becker

Rhetoric of crisis – German municipalities’ response to the refugee influx
Annett Fleischer

Hollowing out ascriptive person categories: the concept of ‘employability’, its usage by public employment services and its effect on clients’ categorization
Christine Weinbach

The road ahead is paved with wireless networks: Refugees, mobile technology, and adaptation in Germany
Jessica Rosenfeld

Super-diversity, urbanization and mobile communication technologies in Africa’s cities
Naluwembe Binaisa

The business of integration: Super-diversity, migrants' religious entrepreneurship, and social transformation in post-apartheid South Africa
Peter Kankonde Bukasa

How generations remember: An ethnographic study of post-war Mostar, Bosnia and Herzigovina
Monika Palmberger

Older migrants in Vienna: Aging and social relations
Monika Palmberger

Superdiversity and pathways to health care
Charlie Davison (Essex), Gill Green (Essex), Hannah Bradby (Warwick), Susann Huschke (Berlin), Gabi Alex (Tübingen), Kristine Krause, Felipe Morente Mejías (Jaén), Inmaculada Barroso Benítez (Jaén)

Roma and healthcare: A case study of reproductive health and cultural difference in Madrid
Beatriz Martín Aragón

Migrants interaction with the formal and informal state in the Russian Federation
Paul Becker

Flows, Dynamics and urban space

Against the backdrop of changing global migration flows, projects under this theme address the processes, practices and outcomes of these trends especially as they manifest in socio-spatial patterns of cities.


GlobaldiverCities (‘GloDiv’) - Migration and new diversities in global cities: comparatively conceiving, observing and visualizing diversification in urban public spaces
Project leader: Steven Vertovec; Researchers: Sofya Aptekar, Anna Cieslik, Beate Engelbrecht, Dörte Ulka Engelkes, Laavanya Kathiravelu, Raji Matshedisho, Alexei Matveev, Anna Seegers-Krückeberg, Alex Wafer, Junjia Ye, Abbas Yousefpour

Emerging epicenters of global urbanization: Asia and Africa
AbdouMaliq Simone

Inhabiting urban corridors
AbdouMaliq Simone

Imaginaries of Opportunity: Precarious mobilities in and out of conflict in East & Central Africa
Léonie Newhouse

Social relations in super-diverse London
Susanne Wessendorf

Home making in diversity: Social and spatial encounters with difference in a migration hub of Istanbul
Kristen Biehl

Tensions of diversity: Living and planning in globalizing urban spaces
Felicity Hwee-Hwa Chan

Understanding the public-private spectrum of space in asylum-seekers’ accommodation facilities
Shahd Wari

Picturing social encounters. Visual research of diversity in public space
Anna Seegers-Krückeberg

Spaces of ‘Crisis’: Immigration and (de/re)bordering regimes
Somayeh Chitchian

Transnational migrant ties: Social formation and reproduction among Armenians in Germany
Astghik Chaloyan

Child Health and Migrant Parents in South-East Asia
Theodora Choy Fong Lam