Interethnic Coexistence in European Cities

Objectives and research questions

This project is based on a systematic comparison of the aims, structural features and outcomes of integration 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.


Our analysis suggests that in contrast to top-down initiatives, participation in bottom-up or hybrid initiatives tends to correlate stronger to a sense of 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 broader public through national media coverage. The main results are available in four languages in the open access ICEC Policy Handbook.



Dahlvik, J., Franz, Y., Hoekstra, M. & Kohlbacher, J. (2017): Interethnic Coexistence in European Cities. A Policy Handbook. 89 p.  ISBN 978-3-7001-8200-9

Hoekstra, M. (2015): Diverse cities and good citizenship: how local governments in the Netherlands recast national integration discourse, Ethnic and Racial Studies 2015

Franz, Y. (2015) Designing social living labs in urban research, info, 17:4, pp.53 – 66

Franz, Y. (2014) Chances and Challenges for Social Urban Living Labs in Urban Research. In: ENoLL – European Network of Living Labs (2014) Conference Proceedings of Open Living Lab Days 2014. 105-114. ISBN: 9789082102727. [Awarded ‘Best Paper‘ at the ENoLL Conference 2014]

Franz, Y., Tausz, K., & Thiel, S. – K. (2015) Contextuality and Co-Creation Matter: A Qualitative Case Study Comparison of Living Lab Concepts in Urban Research. Technology Innovation Management Review, 5(12): 48-55


Bezirkszeitung, Studie zu Wiener Multikulti-Grätzeln: "Gschaftler braucht man einfach"
Januar 2017:

Der Standard Forschung. Beilage zu „Stadt 4.0 Wie wir leben werden“, Nr. 1, 2016/2017. Wohnen zwischen Hipster und Hausmeister. 26-27.

Die Presse, Zum Wohl des Grätzels Geschichten erfassen
November 2016:

Der Standard, Wohnen zwischen Hipster und Hausmeister
Juni 2016:

Die Presse, Sich übers Nähen annähern
September 2015:

OEAW young researcher profiles, Vom Arbeitergrätzel zum Hipsterbezirk
August 2015:


  • Dr. Heinz Fassmann (Head of Project)
  • Mag. Dr. Yvonne Franz
  • Mag. Dr. Alois Humer
  • MMag. DDr. Josef Kohlbacher
  • Mag. Dr. Julia Dahlvik (past)
  • Mag. Dr. Philipp Schnell (past)


  • University of Amsterdam: Myrte Hoekstra
  • Municipality of Amsterdam: Jeroen Slot
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology: Hans Westlund
  • Stockholm County Council: Roland Enquvist
  • Klerings Architekten Ziviltechniker GmbH & Wohnbauvereinigung für Privatangestellte GmbH representing the Urban Renewal Office for the Districts 6, 14, 15 of Vienna: Markus Steinbichler
  • HuB Architekten ZT KG representing the Urban Renewal Office for the Districts 7, 8, 16 of Vienna. Florian Brand


September 2013 – August 2017


JPI Urban Europe

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