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Dr Mette Berg worked with the Southwark Council to develop social science understanding of urban diversity with clear policy implications and generating insights for other local councils across the UK and Europe.

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This fellowship focused on two projects, co-developed with Southwark Council, to enhance knowledge of the everyday impact of super-diversity on residents. One project worked with the Latin American Women’s Rights Service to assess the needs and impact on local services of Latin American immigrants. The other project worked with council and housing association tenants, leaseholders, shared owners and home owner residents’ organisations to provide input into the development of Southwark’s new housing strategy.

The fellowship informed the Council’s policies and service delivery practices, leading to new social science understanding of urban diversity with clear policy implications and generating insights of use to other local councils across the UK and Europe. It also gave Dr Berg an ‘inside-out’ perspective on the challenges of service delivery to a super-diverse population and issues of concern to local residents, which fed into ongoing and future research collaboration.

Dr Mette Berg now works at University College London.

 This project was funded by Oxford's ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.

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