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Governing Diverse Cities in Europe and Asia: MOOC available on edX

June 01, 2022
People walking in Singapore's Chinatown subzone

Université Paris Cité, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Inalco have launched a MOOC called “Governing Diverse Cities in Europe and Asia”  which will be available on edX. CERC Migration senior research associate Jérémie Molho, along with Marie Gibert-Flutre (Université Paris-Cité) and Kong Chong Ho (National University of Singapore), lead this online course.

About this course

This course will introduce learners to key issues facing European and Asian cities in how they govern diversity. It will explore a range of urban experiences: global cities that have become magnets of multiple types of migrations; cities that have welcomed large numbers refugees; cities that have mobilized diversity as an asset for regeneration in a context of economic decline; cities that have been confronted with the issues of racism, xenophobia, inter-ethnic tensions and refugee inflows; and cities that have developed successful initiatives to create convivial urban spaces and foster interactions among populations of different backgrounds.

The course will introduce the different facets of urban diversity and the challenges it represents for contemporary cities. It will provide tools to compare the governance of diversity in different cities. It will look at the role of different levels of public institutions, of private actors and civil society in the management of diverse cities. It will analyze the resources and opportunities that diversity represents for cities. It will explore initiatives to celebrate diversity, and make it contribute to lively neighbourhoods and urban development.

What you'll learn

  • An overview of the different aspects of urban diversity (ethnic, racial, gender, religious, social, etc.);
  • What challenges and opportunities cities face in managing their cultural diversity;
  • How different models of management of urban diversity compare;
  • What policy tools deal effectively with urban fragmentations, socio-ethnic segregation and racial discriminations;
  • How to design initiatives to promote conviviality in diverse neighbourhoods.


5 weeks
2–4 hours per week
Progress at your own speed
Optional upgrade available