For public and private sector organisations a like it has been at a snail’s pace to make the policy and service changes needed to provide new communities with valuable support.
Over the last decade there has been an unprecedented change in the UK population and the speed, scale, spread and diversity has exceeded anything previously experienced.
But adding to the city’s accolade of being a leader, Birmingham will be host to the first UK institute devoted to research focusing on superdiversity.
Following Birmingham Social Inclusion Process, Giving Hope Changing Lives, it has become clear that the opportunities and challenges associated with Birmingham’s rapidly changing and diverse population have not yet been fully realised.
The Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) a University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council partnership will be making its official launch in June 2013 at an invitation only event.
IRiS will bring researchers, policymakers and practitioners together to make organisations more agile and responsive to the challenges and opportunities associated Birmingham’s transformation.
Both Birmingham City Council and IRiS will ensure that research in the city and across the world can answer important questions in relation to the connection of migration, faith, language, ethnicity and culture helping to shape the future of Birmingham and other superdiverse locations while placing IRiS and Birmingham at the forefront of research into superdiversity.