City-dwellers like tinned sardines? This is the image conjured up by the publicity poster for the ‘Can our cities survive 2.0?’ seminar, which will be held on 18 December 2014 in Brussels (Belgium). The seminar revolves around migration and integration in major European cities. The event aims to serve as a platform where academics, policy-makers and consultants from the field can meet and exchange information. Dr Stefan Couperus, lecturer and researcher in European Languages and Cultures at the University of Groningen, is one of the organizers of the seminar. Not entirely by coincidence, the seminar has been organized on ‘International Migrants Day’.
European cities are growing at a fast pace, causing problems in various areas such as spatial planning, housing, mobility and segregation. At the same time, this increase in urban dwellers is also creating new opportunities; the diversity of people with a wide range of skills and backgrounds forms a breeding ground for innovation (including economic innovation), a dynamic job market and relatively good long-term work and education prospects.
Stefan Couperus is interested in the cohesion between administrative and social issues in large cities. For the purposes of his research (the regeneration of bombed cities after World War II), he approaches these issues largely from the historical perspective.
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