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LUCIDE - Languages in Urban Communities - Integration and Diversity for Europe

LUCIDE is a network which is developing ideas about how to manage multilingual citizen communities. We are building up a picture of how communication occurs in multilingual settings across the EU and beyond. We aim to help institutions (councils, schools, hospitals) and local and national economies make better productive use of diversity as an economic resource and to strengthen social cohesion by fostering better communication and mutual understanding. We also want to understand better how the cultural richness of these new cities can strengthen the “diverse unity “of the 21st century.

LUCIDE is an outcome of the LETPP project, funded by the EU Lifelong learning programme in 2010. A key conclusion of LETPP was the idea that the multilingual city would be both the driver of change and a test bed for future progress. It is this which has provided both the inspiration and the framework for the present proposal

In concrete terms LUCIDE will be undertaking research, running seminars and workshops and developing guidelines for multilingual cities relating to –

  • Education - language learning and language support
  • The public sphere - how the city supports democratic engagement
  • Economic life – the benefits of multilingualism and the requirements
  • The private sphere – how people behave and interrelate and celebrate
  • The urban space – the appearance and sounds of the city

In 2014 a major publication and international conference at LSE are planned.

The LUCIDEpartnership includes 16 partners (14 from Europe and 2 Third Country partners) already active in the domain of multilingualism within urban contexts, at both University and City level, and in a range of city types. It includes cities which have long traditions of multilingualism as well as those for whom this is relatively new.

It is supported by many associate partners , including major associations and city authorities.

This website will include key documents and reports, guidelines and examples of good practice. It will also provide opportunities for interaction and participation.

The LUCIDE networkis funded by the European Commission Lifelong Learning Prograrmme from December 2011 to November 2014.


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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