Groningen is rapidly becoming more international. This is a structural change to the city demographic which is already having an impact on local communities and organisations. New residents have a lot to offer the city, but recent research also shows that increased diversity can erode social cohesion and decrease feelings of belonging. How can we ensure that the city adapts to growing diversity without losing its high level of social cohesion, but instead benefits from it? How to ensure that all residents – both local and international – can participate fully and have a sense of belonging, in the context of international Groningen?
In this interactive, interdisciplinary symposium we will try to understand and activate diversity for the benefit of the city through three perspectives: work, living, and city life. What are the current challenges that we know about, in the workplace, housing and city life?
What kind of city do we want to be? What changes can we make to become ‘better together’? Short presentations by our speakers will be interspersed with panel debate and plenary discussion. The morning will be moderated by Teun Gautier and speakers are Floor Ziegler, Burcu Subasi, Floor Groefsema.
The symposium is relevant for policy makers, researchers and professionals working in internationalisation, diversity, social cohesion and inclusion, as well as interested residents.
The insights and challenges arising from the morning symposium feed into an activity programme for the afternoon: the city probe and co-living workshop.