Cities around the world are facing increasingly diverse populations as a result of migration, both from rural areas within their own national borders and from other countries. The resulting cultural differences can often create problems and conflict. In Europe alone, the sheer scale of migration is forcing the issue to the top of the political agenda. The Intercultural City brings together scholars from a range of disciplines – including urban studies, geography, planning, sociology, political science and spatial design – to explore both the failings of existing policies to manage diversity and to examine how one might begin to create ways to remove obstacles and enhance the integration of migrants and minorities. Combining fresh theoretical insights with studies from cities in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa, The Intercultural City offers a timely and important contribution to the challenge of managing diversity in the city of the twenty-first century.
About the Author
Giovanna Marconi is an architect and Assistant Professor, Department of Design & Planning in Complex Environments, University IUAV of Venice, where she teaches urban policy design and management. Since 2008 she has also undertaken research at the SSIIM Unesco Chair on the social and spatial inclusion of international migrants. Her research focus is on south-to-south international migration, transit migration and urban inclusion of international migrants and she has collaborated on many international research projects on the urban governance of international migration.Elena Ostanel is Research Fellow at University IUAV Venice and Visiting Fellow at the Open University (UK). She acts as a consultant in the field of international cooperation and development. Her research includes the analysis of migrant access to housing and public space in cities of the Global North and Global South.