Accounting for Change in Diverse Societies

Accounting for Change in Diverse Societies is a new publication series from the Global Centre for Pluralism focussed on six world regions. Each “change case” examines a specific moment when a county altered its approach to diversity, either expanding or eroding the foundations of inclusive citizenship. The series also features thematic overviews by leading global scholars. The series aims to build global understanding of the sources of inclusion and exclusion in diverse societies and the pathways to pluralism. This work was carried out with the aid of a grant from the International Development Research Centre, based in Ottawa, Canada. Read the papers at the links below.

Intersections Series

Given the holistic nature of pluralism, many actors and institutions — local, national, global — contribute to pluralism, as do many fields of practice such as international development and other lenses on diversity such as social cohesion. But how exactly do these fields of work relate to pluralism?

Intersections: Practicing Pluralism is a series of guides and think pieces for practitioners. Each paper maps an established field of practice to identify potential intersections with pluralism. By helping practitioners apply a pluralism lens to their work and by showing how many fields already contribute to pluralism, our aim is to open a new global conversation about living peacefully with diversity.


Research Networks

Global Pluralism Think Tank

Each year, the Centre convenes members of its global research network for a two-day Global Pluralism Think Tank. Focused on knowledge translation, each gathering has a practical purpose. The 2017 Think Tank, held in Ottawa on March 30 to April 1, 2017, brought together researchers from around the world to review a draft of the Centre’s forthcoming Pluralism Lens guide and to advance the Centre’s work on indicators. Participation in the Think Tank is by invitation.

Research Advisory Group

In 2014, the Centre formed an international research advisory group of leading experts in law, politics, economics, sociology and anthropology, each with wide-ranging regional expertise and experience. Members of the group have played a vital role in developing the Centre’s research program and helping to assess its results.



Bret Gustafson traces past and present struggles over exclusion and inclusion in Bolivia.


Daniela Ikawa writes about building pluralism through affirmative action in Brazil.


Virginie Laurent presents Colombia’s constitutional reform process as an example of a changed conversation about diversity.

Côte d’Ivoire

Abu Bah discusses Côte d’Ivoire’s democratic transition and the dangers of weak institutions.


John Bowen examines French republicanism and how it could be more pluralistic.


Jan Dobbernack explores the public conversation in Germany about expanding access to citizenship.


Rochana Bajpai discusses the lessons from India’s efforts to incorporate difference into the country’s identity.


Hwok-Aun Lee writes about majority affirmative action in Malaysia.


Daniel Agbiboa writes about federalism and group-based inequalities in Nigeria.


Daniel Goh examines Singapore’s institutional commitment to multiculturalism.


Francisco Colom writes about Spain’s democratic transition and the implications for pluralism.

Sri Lanka

Neil DeVotta examines majoritarian politics in Sri Lanka and the roots of pluralism breakdown.

Thematic Overview: Horizontal Inequalities

Frances Stewart writes about group-based inequalities and the barriers to pluralism.

Thematic Overview: Hardware and Software

Will Kymlicka writes about the hardware and software of pluralism.

Thematic Overview: Institutions

Jane Jenson writes about the institutional foundations of pluralism.

Thematic Overview: Secularism

Niraja Jayal discusses pluralism as a strategy for managing diversity.

Thematic Overview: Constitutions

Christina Murray writes about constitutions as frameworks for pluralism.

Thematic Overview: Democratization

Rotimi Suberu considers the advancement of pluralism through various approaches to democracy.