Announcement: Projects awarded funding in the Urban Migration call

Eight projects have been selected in the Urban Migration call. The projects consist of transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral communities of researchers and practitioners. The projects will create projects that align, synthesise, or consolidate already existing knowledge on urban migration across disciplines on national and local levels. Participating countries in this call are Austria, Germany, Latvia, Sweden and United Kingdom.

The call focuses on the ways that migration affects and is affected by the life and functioning of cities. JPI Urban Europe aims for a broad scrutiny of urban migration, which is why the selected projects together represent a mix of migration types, categorized based on the following three principles (World Economic Forum, 2017):

> By political boundaries (internal vs. international migration)

> By movement patterns (step, circular or chain migration) or

> By taking a decision-making approach (voluntary vs. involuntary migration)

The results from projects granted in this call will help to facilitate knowledge transfer and learning from different European contexts, cities and countries to create greater engagement and understanding in migrant as well as host communities.

About the projects

Projects consist of at least three eligible applicants from at least three participative countries. Partners from third countries are welcome in consortium but need funding from other sources. The call is organised in three call topics: 1) Socio-spatial integration and citizen involvement, 2) Urban governance of housing issues and 3) Enhancing cities’ administrative capacities and supporting evidence-based integration policies (managing migration). Applicants come from companies, cities, regions, municipalities and research organisations. At least one relevant non-academic stakeholder, problem owner or practitioner must be part of the consortia.

The projects will work with various areas of urban migration, ranging from training community-based researchers and gender-aware methods, local strategies to address the exclusion from essential services of migrants with precarious residential status, arts-programmes for migrants and placemaking linkages. Some projects will practice living labs, such as ‘Practices-of-Sharing-Labs’ – a form of urban real-world experiments, to test practices of sharing. Several projects focus on housing: Long-term housing, innovative housing strategies and new types of housing with elements of collaboration and participation.

“The ‘Urban Migration’ call wanted to bring together already existing knowledge on migration across disciplines and countries and translate this knowledge into concrete action. The eight selected projects meet these goals perfectly and will facilitate knowledge transfer and learning from different contexts, cities and countries. In this way, a knowledge base on urban migration can be formed as a basis for future JPI Urban Europe activities in the field.”
Johannes Bockstefl, Call Secretariat


List of selected projects

The following projects have been awarded funding in the Urban Migration call.

The EMPOWER project: Empowering Cities of Migration: new methods for citizen involvement and socio-spatial integration


Keele University – School of Geography

University of Gothenburg – Dept of Sociology and Work Science

University of Applied Sciences Bochum


Father Hudsons Care (Brushstrokes community Project)

University of Birmingham

Bergsjöns Församling


The Empowering Cities of Migration project will create and train a new group of Community-based researchers drawn from marginalised neighbourhoods across three European cities experiencing population change. The researchers will use gender-aware methods to work with local communities, organisations and actors to develop new approaches for involving local people in tackling housing and urban planning problems. Through bringing together existing work undertaken by the project team, the overall intention is to empower local residents to work with housing, migration and planning specialists on creating new housing responses which help to avoid segregation and exclusion in diverse urban places


LoReMi: Local Responses to Precarious Migrants: Frames, Strategies and Evolving Practices in Europe



University of Oxford – Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography

Technische Universität Wien – Raumplanung

Hochschule Fulda University of Applied Sciences


This project aims at mapping and enhancing local strategies to address the exclusion from essential services of migrants with precarious residential status. It will explore the challenges migrants face, emphasising the particular experiences of women, the services available in some cities such as healthcare and shelter, and the rationales for them. Case studies in Cardiff, Frankfurt and Vienna, in partnership with city councils and consultation with stakeholders, will explore differing approaches to provision within contrasting legal frameworks, including collaboration between public services and civil society. The project will strengthen transnational networking and knowledge exchange to inform and enhance future practice.


ProSHARE: Enhancing Diversity, Inclusion and Social Cohesion through Practices of Sharing in Housing and Public Space



Universität Kassel – Institut für urbane Entwicklungen

Royal Institute of Technology – KTH School of Architecture

University of Sheffield – School of Architecture

Goldsmiths, University of London – Centre for Research Architecture

Technische Universität Wien – Raumplanung

Uppsala University – Institute for Housing and Urban Research

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Berlin


The project aims to explore: 1) forms and conditions in which residents of socially mixed neighbourhoods share spaces and resources in housing and public space, and 2) the potential and limits of sharing for bringing diverse populations together. Partners will first exchange results on previous/ongoing research. Then, as a continuation of the StadtTeilen-project, they will conduct participative action research in different neighbourhoods across eight European cities and implement ‘Practices-of-Sharing-Labs’, a form of urban realworld experiments, in which to test different practices of sharing. Results will be circulated to the scientific community, stakeholders, and the general public.


MAPURBAN: Migrant Mobility and Access to Public Urban Resources



University of Kent – University of Kent

KTH Royal Institute of Technology – School of Architecture

Freie Universität Berlin – Institut für Geographische Wissenschaften

Coventry University – Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

University College London – Research Services


The MAPURBAN project aims to improve migrants’ access to urban resources such as public transport and civic and cultural institutions’ in Stockholm, Berlin and London. The project builds on existing research and urban policy to show how these can improve migrant mobility and accessibility. This will have an impact on newly arriving people’s access and participation in urban society. MAPURBAN will use multinational research findings to produce new knowledge that will inform government strategies towards urban migration, re-framing immigrant integration as a multi-scalar (national, urban and local) process and as an inherent part of an inclusive and sustainable urban development.


Inclusive Housing: Inclusive Housing policies: Housing is the beginning



Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik gGmbH

Umeå University – Geography

Caritas der Erzdiözese Wien – Hilfe in Not

Universität Wien – Institut für Soziologie


The project “Inclusive Housing” aims to deal with the various obstacles refugees are facing in term of access to long-term housing perspectives. The project partners from Austria, Germany and Sweden gained extensive expertise in the field of migration, integration and potentials of the housing market in current research projects. They will share their insights and learn from specific local challenges and approaches. In close cooperation with relevant stakeholders the consortium will elaborate on recommendations regarding future housing policies and practices to enhance the housing situation and access to housing in the core for refugees but also for other disadvantaged groups in the context of urban migration.


MICOLL: Migration and housing: meeting refugees’ housing needs through collaborative housing programmes 



Gothenburg Research Institute GRI at University of Gothenburg

Chalmers University of Technology – Dept. of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Institute of Innovation Management

Lancaster University, Institute for Social Futures

Swedish Union of Tenants

Egnahemsfabriken, Tjörn

Integration Unit of the Municipality of Tjörn

wohnbund:consult eG


Community Led Housing, London hub

London Borough of Camden

Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust

UK Cohousing Trust



For many refugees in European cities, finding affordable quality accommodation is a significant challenge replete with obstacles. Yet, decent housing is key to their successful integration into the local community since it provides social contacts, access to services and employment. In contrast to traditional social housing, new types of housing have emerged across Europe with a stronger focus on collaboration, participation and social support among residents. This project explores the potential of such collaborative housing solutions for the long-term integration of refugees. It will deliver recommendations for urban policy-making based on our studies in Austria, Sweden and the UK.


HOUSE-IN: The Housing-Integration-Nexus: shaping exchange and innovation for migrants’ access to housing and social inclusion 



Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung – UFZ

University of Latvia – Department of Anthropology Studies

Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Institut für Stadt- und Regionalforschung

Stadt Leipzig, Referat für Migration und Integration

Internationale Frauen Leipzig e.V.

Zusammen e.V.

Eutropian GmbH

Shelter Safe House

Lund University – Housing Development & Management

university college london – development planning unit

Malmö University – School of Arts and Communication


The HOUSE-IN project consortium sees housing as an important element of migrants` social inclusion within urban neighbourhoods and draws on extensive related research. The expertise and established networks allow to cooperatively identify remaining gaps at the housing-integration intersection. The project collects innovative housing strategies, assesses their impact and potential for local integration and stimulates co-creation and co-design processes using the Urban Living Labs approach. In cooperation with multiple local and European stakeholders, HOUSE-IN creates comprehensive knowledge and applicable innovative solutions to achieve better integration through housing in European cities.


The Art of Belonging: Social integration of young migrants in urban contexts through cultural place-making



University of Nottingham – University of Nottingham

Leibniz Universität Hannover – Institut für Berufspädagogik und Erwachsenenbildung

Lund university – Department of Educational Sciences

Nottingham City Council


Since 2015 cities across Europe have increasingly become destinations for young forced migrants. This project brings together city leaders, artists, and researchers to promote integration and increase social participation in communities affected by migration. Given that participation in the arts can enhance place-making and encourages social belonging, this project will develop, implement, and evaluate arts-programmes for migrants in case-study cities in England, Germany, and Sweden. It will understand barriers to social integration amongst refugees and host communities, especially relating to gender This will lead to knowledge translation from this empirical study to develop sustainable solutions to social integration and citizenship.


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857160.