SCD projects

Diversity governance: how local state and non-state actors interact to respond to migration

Maria Schiller


The core interest of this post-doctoral research project is to investigate the interaction and co-operation of local state actors and residents in the development of local responses to immigrant-based diversity in Germany. Based on a comparative ethnographic study in Mannheim and Frankfurt, together with some complementary research in Stuttgart and Munich, it addresses the following question: in governance fora, where state actors and residents interact and co-operate to formulate policy decisions, what explains different representations of diversity, in a context where urban diversity has become a core field of action for local governments?