Interethnic Coexistence in European Cities

This project is based on a systematic comparison of the aims, structural features and outcomes of integrative initiatives at the neighbourhood level in Amsterdam, Vienna and Stockholm. The main project goal is to initiate an assessment and exchange of good practice between the three distinct European cities.

Results can be used and implemented in municipal policies and bottom-up initiatives aimed at creating integrative neighbourhoods.

Results and expected impact
Our analysis suggests that in contrast to top-down initiatives, participation in bottom-up or hybrid initiatives tends to correlate stronger to neighbourhood belonging. Interethnic co-existence is a long-term process built on the activities of involved actors and networks. Peaceful co-existence requires local integration initiatives and long-term commitment from policymakers. As a result of the living lab approach, this project created societal impact at various levels including the research community, education, policymakers and practitioners, as well as the public through national media coverage. The main results are available in four languages in the open access ICEC Policy Handbook.


Interethnic coexistence in European cities – A comparative and applied oriented analysis of neighbourhood-related policies (ICEC)
Duration: 2013–2017
Contact: Dr. Yvonne Franz, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Budget: 1.444.856 EUR
Partners: University of Amsterdam, Municipality of Amsterdam, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm County Council, Klerings Architekten Ziviltechniker GmbH, Wohnbauvereinigung für Privatangestellte GmbH representing the Urban Renewal Office for the Districts 6, 14, 15 of Vienna, HuB Architekten ZT KG representing the Urban Renewal Office for the Districts 7, 8, 16 of Vienna, Office for the Districts 7, 8, 16 of Vienna, Austrian Academy of Sciences




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