Diversity and local business structure in European urban contexts

  • Szabolcs Fabula Department of Economic and Social Geography, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7152-8409
  • Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen Department of the Built Environment, Aalborg University, Copenhagen SV, Denmark https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0308-1275
  • Eduardo Barberis Department of Economy, Society, Politics, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Urbino, Italy https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2713-133X
  • Lajos Boros Department of Economic and Social Geography, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3241-7778
  • Anne Hedegaard Winther Department of the Built Environment, Aalborg University, Copenhagen SV, Denmark
  • Zoltán Kovács Department of Economic and Social Geography, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary ; Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Geographical Institute, Budapest, Hungary https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2697-4682


This article investigates the interconnectedness between neighbourhood diversity and local business structures. For this purpose, interviews with residents and entrepreneurs were conducted in three European cities: Budapest, Copenhagen, and Milan. The results show that diversity in the economic structure of urban neighbourhoods is equally important with regards to residents’ quality of life, the image of the neighbourhood, and local social cohesion. Therefore, the main recommendation is that policy makers should act to preserve the diversity of local business structures, and that the concept of diversity itself should be understood in a broader sense, taking local peculiarities into account.


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How to Cite
FabulaS., Skovgaard NielsenR., BarberisE., BorosL., Hedegaard WintherA., & KovácsZ. (2021). Diversity and local business structure in European urban contexts. Hungarian Geographical Bulletin, 70(1), 65-80. https://doi.org/10.15201/hungeobull.70.1.5