The concept of superdiversity, introduced just over a decade ago, helps us understand the increasing social complexity of contemporary urban life. It represents a new way of 'seeing' cities as places of rapidly changing and intersecting forms of difference. In this presentation, Daniel Hiebert (University of British Colombia) will explore a new website that he has created along with three academic colleagues (Steven Vertovec, at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Cultural Diversity; Alan Gamlen, at Monash University, and Paul Spoonley, at Massey University). The website assembles a wide array of data from three different countries to provide users with interactive tools to visualize urban superdiversity and, hopefully, to think about social change. It also enables users to explore the relationship between social difference and socio-economic outcomes. He will end by considering the challenging issue of presenting information to a wider public that includes many people who are highly skeptical of 'experts' and 'facts'.
Dan Hiebert is a Professor of Geography at UBC who specializes in issues of public policy. Professor Hiebert’s personal research interests focus on immigration policy, the integration of newcomers into the housing and labour markets of Canadian cities, and the consequences of the growing ‘super-diversity’ of Canadian society. This work routinely takes a collaborative approach, working with partners in government and non-government organizations. In 2003-2013 he served as Co-Director of Metropolis British Columbia, a Centre of Excellence fostering research on immigration and cultural diversity in Canada, which was also dedicated to building a sense of community among academics, government officials, and practitioners from the non-profit sector. He has participated in a number of public advisory roles. He served as a Co-Chair of the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Working Group on Immigration (until 2017), and is currently a member of the Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s Advisory Council. He is also engaged in international collaborative projects on migration and diversity policies with scholars in Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany, and Sweden. In 2009-10 he was the Willy Brandt Guest professor of Migration Studies at the University of Malmö (Sweden).
The presentation is free and open to the public.