Intercultural cities: research



The Intercultural cities joint programme has developed a methodology for reviewing and enhancing local integration efforts based on the concepts of interculturality and diversity advantage. These concepts focus on public discourse, perceptions of diversity and community relations; cultural literacy and intercultural innovation as key components of good governance and policy-making in diverse communities; and mediated intercultural mixing in public space and organisations.

In 2011 a research component was added to the programme to try and verify the following hypotheses:

1. that diversity represents, under certain conditions, an advantage for city development
2. that a comprehensive, strategic approach to urban diversity management, based on the principles of interculturality as defined in the ICC programme documents, helps to minimise the costs of diversity and brings tangible social and economic benefits for cities.

Hypothesis a) has been dealt with primarily through literature review
Hypothesis b) has been dealt with through a two-stage research process:

- a quantitative correlation study based on the Intercultural cities INDEX and other data sources seeking to establish whether there is, on an aggregate level, a general link between the level of intercultural policy development (as defined by the INDEX) and positive outcomes for cities, and identify areas where such link is most likely to exist.
- qualitative research/ case studies to look into some of the areas where possible relationship exists between intercultural policy and positive outcomes for cities and study the nature of this relationship.

Another objective of the research component is to involve universities and researchers from cities members of the Intercultural cities network in the local debates and contribute to the development evidence-based intercultural policies.






Intercultural cities research papers

Terms of reference

Literature review

Correlation study: Interculturalism and city development and cohesion

Public Space Management:  Report to the Intercultural Cities Research Programme
Role of intercultural centres


City data and sources

Intercultural cities INDEX reports

INDEX database (on request only)

City profiles

Good Practice examples

European surveys


Researchers and Institutions

ICC research steering group

Affiliated researchers in member cities



Irena Guidikova
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