GRDU
The GRDU is a multidisciplinary research group that studies diversity in Quebec society with a particular focus on Montreal.

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The GRDU (Groupe de recherche diversité urbaine), formerly GRES (Groupe de recherche ethnicité et société), is a multidisciplinary research group that studies diversity in Quebec society with a particular focus on Montreal.

Our work deals with migratory flows and immigrant integration in the context of globalization; the role of the State, organizations, and ideologies in constructing interethnic relations; and the cultural and social practices linked with ethnicity.

While our original focus was predominantly on ethnicity-related topics, we have recently enlarged our research focus so as to include religious themes, thus allowing for a broader understanding of social diversity and new identity patterns in urban settings.

Our team supervises doctoral and postdoctoral fellows, offers the seminar, “Migration, Ethnicity, and Urban Diversity” (PLU6022), conducts individual and group research projects and has published several edited volumes.

Since 2000, the GRDU has published a journal, Diversité urbaine – initially called the Cahiers du Groupe de recherche ethnicité et société – founded by Deirdre Meintel and Sylvie Fortin. This journal offers a platform for young as well as for senior scholars from a variety of disciplines whose work is based on empirical research. Diversité urbaine is now available on the web through Érudit. It has been consulted by more than 10 000 visitors since it was first made available online, two years ago.

The GRDU is affiliated with the Centre d'études ethniques des universités montréalaises.