Living together in vital cities

Erasmus University Rotterdam aims to advance our understanding of how cultural, social and technological transformations are shaping urban life in the 21st century. We offer cutting edge research and insights on multiple levels of analysis. By tapping into the collective knowledge of a scientific community that is diverse and multi-disciplinary we help cities flourish as places of inclusion, tolerance and cohesion.


“Mass migration to urban centres puts social cohesion under pressure. How can we ensure that cities offer a safe and comfortable home to increasingly diverse populations?“

In the 21st century two thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities. Asia and sub-Saharan Africa in particular, are experiencing a rapidly growing urban class.
Globalisation, new technologies, international mass migration and social inequality give rise to several questions. How should social organisations and institutions respond to the effects of migration and urbanisation? What conditions could prevent social exclusion and its corrosive effect on society? How can cultural diversity and creativity be leveraged?

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