The Public Space

The main objective of this research team is a policy-oriented reflection on the organisation of public space in Europe.  This research field aims at providing some inputs to restructure public spaces in a way that can cope with the increasing religious and cultural backgrounds in European societies. How public spaces are conceived and structured has a decisive impact on the formation of religious/cultural identities, on the creation of interreligious/intercultural relations and on the contribution these identities can offer to democratic and plural citizenship. Social inclusion and social cohesion largely depend on how much public spaces provide fair possibilities to different social, cultural and religious groups to express their conceptions and styles of life and demonstrate their sense of belonging. The existence of a public space where different religious and cultural identities feel at home is essential to the construction of citizenship in a plural society.


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