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Under the direction of Prof. Vincent Kaufmann, Laboratory of Urban Sociology (LaSUR) comprises of around fifteen researchers and PhD students united towards the comprehension of urban experiences within a social science perspective.


Situated within the EPFL and the ENAC Faculty (Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering), the LaSUR researches the social conditions that produce and appropriate cities or territories, collaborating intensively with its partners in engineering and architecture.


The LaSUR confronts urban phenomena through the mobility capacities of its actors. In this perspective, the principal research themes are daily mobility, residential history, the dynamics of suburbanization and gentrification, public space, and network management.



High mobility on the air

Emmanuel Ravalet et Nora Philippe

"France Culture" received Emmanuel Ravalet, a sociologist at EPFL, to talk about the phenomenon of high mobility, that is to say commuters traveling great distances to get to work.

Listen to the interview here

Thinking the cosmopolitan city from a mobility perspective

Tram94-Louise-149The urban phenomenon initiated a profound change the last thirty years under the impetus of potential speed provided by transport and communication systems: it has spread out, globalized, fragmented.

An article by Vincent Kaufmann in the Huffington Post.

Read the article here.

Programmer le jeu dans l’espace public ?
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Parution d’un texte de Sonia Curnier issu d'un travail de séminaire du cours d'école doctorale ville en mouvement organisé par le LaSUR : Alors que la « ville ludique » monte en puissance, les travaux de Roger Caillois et de Marc Breviglieri permettent de questionner le caractère paradoxal de la programmation du jeu dans les espaces publics, qui devrait induire une marge de manœuvre et d’improvisation des usagers.

Lire la suite ici

Two hours of transport to go to work is increasingly common

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The "highly mobile" are people who spend more than two hours per day in transportation or more than sixty nights away from home for their work. The site "France Info" devotes a page to this new kind of commuters and cites a study on the subject by the Urban Sociology Laboratory of EPFL.

Read the article here.

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