SOCIAL POLIS - Social Platform on Cities and Social Cohesion

Type Research Project

Funding Bodies
  • EU - European Commission

Duration Dec. 1, 2007 - Nov. 30, 2010
  • Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)


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  • Beinstein, Barbara (Former researcher)
  • Habersack, Sarah (Former researcher)
  • Novy, Andreas (Details) Project Head

Abstract (English)

Social Polis is an open social platform for dialogue between scientific and policy communities and civil society practice networks, with the objective of developing a research agenda on the role of cities in social cohesion and key related policy questions. The agenda will be proposed to the 7th EU Research Framework Programme, and especially its "Socio-economic sciences and Humanities" Theme.
The overall objective is approached on two fronts: critical analysis of research to date, and construction of a social platform of networks for information gathering, dialogue and agenda-setting. The networks will be unrolled from the research and stakeholder cores from which the project will start, using snowball methods.

Since social cohesion concerns society as a whole, at multiple spatial scales, beyond issues of inequality, exclusion and inclusion, and across public, market and voluntary sectors, "Social Polis" assembles multiple dimensions of relevant debates (on economy, polity, society, culture, ethics) across the city as a whole and a variety of life spheres. To facilitate analysis of the highly interlinked dynamics involved in the issue, a range of specific fields affecting people's existence are focussed upon: welfare and social services; labour markets and economic development; built environment, housing and health; mobility, telecommunications and security; urban ecology and environment; governance; education and training; urban and regional inequalities; diversity and identity; creativity and innovation; neighbourhood development and grassroots initiatives; and social cohesion and the city as a whole. In addition, particular transversal dynamics running across these will be identified.


  • CRIDA - Centre de Recherche et d'Information sur la Démocratie et l'Autonomie - France
  • ITER s.r.l Centro Ricerche e Servizi - Italy
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven) - Belgium
  • University of Lisabon - Portugal
  • Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Italy
  • University of Amsterdam - Netherlands
  • University of Barcelona - Spain
  • University of Manchester - United Kingdom
  • Université du Québec à Montréal - Canada
  • University of Newcastle upon Tyne - United Kingdom


Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium

2011 Novy, Andreas. 2011. Good life for all - A new eco-social civilization model beyond the national welfare state. Programme du 3ème Colloque international du CRISES1, Montréal, Kanada, 07.04.-08.04.. (Details)
2010 Novy, Andreas. Forthcoming. Transdisciplinarity in Urban Development Research. Spring 2010 - Lecture Series, Leuven, Belgien, 11.2. - 27.5.. (Details)
2009 Novy, Andreas. 2009. City, Regions and Social Cohesion. RSA-conference: Understanding and Shaping Regions: Spatial, Social and Economic Futures, Leuven, Belgien, 06.04.-08.04. Invited Talk (Details)
  Novy, Andreas, Leubolt, Bernhard. 2009. Scale-Sensitive Socioeconomic Democratisation. RSA-conference: Understanding and Shaping Regions: Spatial, Social and Economic Futures , Leuven, Belgien, 06.-08.04. (Details)

Working/discussion paper, preprint

2009 Novy, Andreas, Beinstein, Barbara. 2009. Transdisciplinarity and Social Innovation Research. SRE-Discussion 2009. (Details)


2009 Novy, Andreas, Habersack, Sarah, Coimbra de Souza, Daniela. 2009. Social Platform on Cities and Social Cohesion - The Vienna Conference 2009. DVD. (Details)


  • 5325 Political economics (Details)
  • 5427 Poverty research, social exclusion (Details)
  • 5608 Regional development planning (Details)


  • social cohesion