Open research seminar: Diversity in neighbourhoods

Open research seminar

Diversity in neighbourhoods

Considering cultural diversity is an important topic when studying neighbourhoods. This open seminar Diversity in neighbourhoods brings together interdisciplinary studies in the field of neighbourhood research and highlights the issues of diversity. The seminar is organized by Tampere Centre for Childhood, Youth and Family Research PERLA in collaboration with the research projects: MAMANET, OMAgroup and The world within a suburb: Encountering Islam in a multicultural suburb in Varissuo, Turku.


Time: Tuesday 1.10.2019, 9.15-12:00

Place: Lecture hall K110, LINNA-building, Kalevantie 4, 33100 Tampere



9:15-9:20 Welcome

9:20-10:10 Clifford Stevenson (Nottingham Trent University): Residential Contact Re-Examined: The Social Identity Model of Residential Desegregation (SIMRD) as applied to Northern Ireland

10:10-10:30 Eerika Finell (Tampere University): MAMANET – Mothers’ intra- and interethnic contacts in multicultural neighbourhoods

10:30-10:40 Coffee break

10:40-11:00 Eeva Puumala (Tampere University): Promoting dialogue through art in a diverse neighbourhood: method, practice and reflection

11:00-11:20 Antti Wallin (Tampere University): The ageing high-rise suburb and its pensioner Women

11:20-11:40 Laura Huttunen (Tampere University): Super-diversity and suburban lives: Local and transnational relations

11:40-11:50 Discussion


We warmly welcome all interested to participate!

We kindly ask you to register for the coffee service by filling out the following form by 26.9.


Speakers and abstracts

Dr. Clifford Stevenson While much research has examined the effects of residential diversification on social capital, less has investigated its effects on the Identities of incomers and longterm residents. For incomers, the experience is an ’identity transision’, while longterm residents experience an ’identity transformation’. The current research explores these different experiences in the context of residential mixing in post-conflict Northern Ireland and proposes a model (the Social Identity Model of Residential Diversification) of the interdependence of their effects.

Dr Clifford Stevenson is Professor of Social Psychology at Nottingham Trent University where he leads the Groups, Identities and Health research group. His research examines how social identities shape the perceptions, interactions and intergroup relations of group members with a particular focus on intergroup mixing in neighbour contexts.


Eerika Finell This presentation introduces Mamanet-project and its preliminary findings from the perspective of sociopsychological INTERGROUP contact research. Eerika Finell is Academy Research Fellow at Tampere University. Her main research interest lies on group processes and well-being in changing social and material environments.


Eeva Puumala The presentation delves into social relations, tensions and forms of collaboration that characterise mundane life in a diverse urban neighbourhood. It explores the potentiality of dialogic art as a method to address grievances and socially and politically sensitive issues or highlight practices of solidarity that shape community relations. The presentation builds on ethnographic fieldwork and in-depth interviews conducted in ”Neighbourhood Yurt”, a community-based project that combines research and art in the study of neighbourhood dialogues and relations in the socio-economically diverse suburb of Hervanta in Tampere.”

Eeva Puumala is a postdoctoral researcher at Tampere Peace Research Institute whose areas of expertise are political agency, human mobility, community relations and qualitative methods. She is the leader of the project Neighbourhood Yurt, funded by the Kone Foundation (2018-2020).


Antti Wallin This presentation focuses on the ageing high-rise suburb of Sampola in Pori. The interest is on how the suburb is changing and how pensioner women in their daily lives produce the neighbourhood. In this presentation, I argue that neighbourhoods are produced not only by means of institutional control, but in residents’ everyday spatial practices as well.Antti Wallin, PhD, is a sociologist interested on urban studies. He is a member of OMAgroup research group and now works as a post-doctoral researcher in a project titled Toward eco-welfare state (Academy of Finland: PI prof. Liisa Häikiö).


Laura Huttunen This presentation, based on an ethnographic research project in one of the most ‘multi-cultural’ suburbs in Finland, explores the significance of transnational relations for the everyday lives of people with migrant background. ‘Transnational relations’ refer to family, kinship and friendship ties that cut across nation state borders and connect migrants with their communities of origin. Welfare state, intimate local and transnational relations and everyday encounters are all analyzed as significant for shaping people’s lives in the suburb.

Laura Huttunen is Professor of social anthropology at Tampere University. She has worked with migration issues and transnational anthropology for more than 20 years, with a special focus on Bosnian diaspora.


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Osallistun seminaariin.

Kati Nieminen

15.9.2019 15:17

Osallistun seminaariin.

Sanni Heininen

12.9.2019 07:17

Haluaisin tehdä tästä kurssin SPYS03B: Ryhmäilmiöt, identiteetti ja sosiaalinen kognitio -suorituksen.

Heta Flyktman

10.9.2019 06:34


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