Urban governance of cultural diversity
This project aims to understand how local governance accommodates contemporary forms of cultural diversity in urban spaces. It inquires about on which conditions cultural diversity brought by immigrants becomes a cultural good and what kind of factors play a role in the social sustainability of this "diversity advantage". Such an attempt implies giving special attention to the interaction between a) processes of urban regeneration, b) branding of the city and tourist economy; c) the cultural economy and gentrification trends in relation to the diversified cultural spaces; d) entrepreneurial and creative initiatives. When comparing different urban spaces where notorious circumstances of superdiversity are observed, we try to investigate when and where the interaction of the abovementioned factors reinforces this tendency and how modalities of local governance shape the outcomes. This project focuses specifically on the impact of local actors' policies and strategies to accommodate cultural diversity in the city.