Contact person:
Rebecka Söderberg
  • Formas – Research Council for Sustainable Development
Responsible at MaU:
Rebecka Söderberg
Project members at MaU:
Time frame:
01 February 2019 - 01 May 2024

About the project

This doctoral thesis explores how urban diverse neighbourhoods are problematised in Danish and Swedish urban and integration policies. Furthermore, based on ethnographic fieldwork, it explores how residents in a multi-ethnic public housing neighbourhood in Copenhagen, Denmark, experience their neighbourhood and interventions for social mix, which are taking place as a result of the ‘ghetto legislation’. Combining perspectives from critical migration studies and critical urban studies, the thesis highlights social and spatial injustices and mechanisms of exclusion. The analysis emphasises how Danish and Swedish anti-segregation/anti-ghettoization policies express assumptions about (urban) diversity and (national) sameness, and how neighbourhood narratives are re-negotiated by residents. Furthermore, it stresses how interventions for social mix (though renovations and privatisations) result in the violence of un-homing, depriving residents of their home-place in different ways and on multiple scales.

The doctoral project is part of the SEGMIX project (Governance and lived experiences of urban diversity in SEGregated and MIXed neighbourhoods).