Institute of Historical and Cultural Anthropology

Neighborhoods and Diversity

Research project in cooperation with the town of Tübingen, funded by Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung

Project term

Head Prof. Dr. Reinhard Johler
Scientific Assistant

Jan Lange, M.A.


The town of Tübingen is responding to the influx of people who have fled their homes by, among other things, allocating accommodation and funding neighborhood-orientated integration proposals. The project "Neighborhood and Diversity," funded by municipal organizations and the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs, and Spatial Development, aims to initiate dialogue between new neighbors and existing residents. Through various forms of participation, residents can develop design ideas for urban spaces together and implement them with the support of the town council. In cooperation with the relevant authorities in the city of Tübingen, the research project continuously examines and evaluates the forms of participation using the following key questions: Is the participation of all residents living in the areas in question, regardless of class or background, being adequately facilitated? What potential for integration arises from the urban spaces created? Does the actual use of urban spaces correspond to the original designs?