With this webinar - the second in a series of UNIC Seminars - hosted by Erasmus University Rotterdam, we will delve into the topic of Superdiverse Post-Industrial Cities. The webinar will feature Prof. Paul van de Laar and will focus on the city of Rotterdam as a case study of a Superdiverse Post-Industrial City.
The Webinar will take place on May 19th 2021 at 15:00 - 16:30 (CET) via Zoom Webinar. Registration is required for all participants - the link to registration is found below.
Rotterdam as a port city reflects the long-term history of migration. The past decades have seen increasing diversity in ethnic groups and religions but also increased variation in socio-economic statuses among inhabitants with a migration background. Rotterdam hosts so many ‘minority’ migrants that it is now considered a superdiverse city. The city government’s development strategy focuses on a balanced composition of the population and regeneration programs in combination with new residential, sustainable urban planning and city branding strategies aim to assure integration. Yet, like other post-industrial cities, the question arises: to what extent is Rotterdam widening the gap between diverse neighborhoods and gentrified port-city redevelopment projects? That is one of the major challenges for Rotterdam in becoming an inclusive city. What is needed to connect Rotterdam’s migration narrative to further the inclusive city ambition, using its present superdiversity, acknowledging the value of diversity for creativity and innovation, and shape a sustainable post-industrial port city?