Inclusive Cities March 2017 - May 2022


Inclusive Cities currently supports 9 UK cities* and their local partners to achieve a step-change in their approach towards integration of newcomers in the city. Drawing on ideas and experience from within Europe and innovative approaches from cities in the United States, it aims to support development of an approach which is:

  • Strategic across the city administration
  • Consistently uses positive messaging to develop an inclusive narrative for the city which informs and drives practice
  • Local authority led, working in close partnership with business, public and voluntary sector organisations – including those not usually involved in integration – to achieve shared goals
  • Identifies a number of priority areas which lead to practical initiatives which broaden opportunities for inclusion of all residents across the economic, social and civic life of the city, and
  • Recognizes in particular the needs of children and young people

The project is a knowledge exchange initiative which allows the cities to reflect upon and develop their thinking in a number of ways:

  • Peer learning and support between the participating cities
  • Dedicated support from a project manager at the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity who will inform the projects with specialist input – data, evidence, and examples of worldwide good practice and provide ongoing support to each of the cities
  • Learning exchange with two US Cities, hosted by Welcoming America, a highly acclaimed initiative which supports the development of a shared narrative and inclusive practices among city administrations and their partners.

*The founder cities were Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool and Peterborough, with London participating in some aspects of the first phase of the project. These cities have all joined as full members in the second phase of the project, in addition to Birmingham, Brighton and Newport. The project continues to recruit cities for the second phase of the project.

Principal Investigator

Jacqui Broadhead


Denis Kierans (Researcher)
Nathan Grassi (Administration)


Paul Hamlyn Foundation


Welcoming America

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The project is a knowledge exchange initiative and this informs its structure and design. The project is facilitated by a dedicated researcher to both support the cities to reflect upon and provide feedback on their practice and to provide the relevant data, theory and practical examples of best practice from elsewhere. The project further includes a partnership and learning visit with Welcoming International  to draw inspiration from their experiences in US cities (in phase 1) and European Cities (in phase 2.)

This is a city led initiative and the project facilitates peer learning between the five cities, with the project providing the space for meaningful sharing of best practice and feedback between the partners. Each city has lead on the development of a new narrative on inclusion and an action plan to deliver tangible outcomes over the course of the project.

Based on learning from previous Global Exchange projects as to the most effective way to ensure traction for the project within a local authority context, each city nominates two people who actively engage in the project on behalf of the city:

  • A senior official or elected representative to provide leadership and profile for the city’s initiative. This is either an officer at Chief Executive, Director or equivalent level; or an elected official with an appropriate mandate (Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Leader, Executive Member or equivalent)
  • An operational lead official who has capacity to develop and drive forward progress day-to-day

Each city has appointed a Taskforce of local stakeholders who can advise and endorse the action plan, and act as champions to drive forward delivery in their own sectors. Membership is entirely led by the city and tailored to its requirements but is likely to include significant local employers, relevant public sector agencies, voluntary and community sector, arts and leisure organisations.

In the first phase the cities met three times over the two years as well as a five day learning visit to the United States in May 2018 alongside regular meetings and input from the project manager and specialist workshops where appropriate.The first of the City Working Group meetings took place in Glasgow in October 2017, the second in Liverpool in October 2018 and the final meeting of phase one of the project took place in Bristol in March 2019.

The second phase of the Inclusive Cities programme began in June 2019 and formally launched at its first convening in October 2019.