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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.



«La ville est à vous» "The city is yours" an event that requires an extension

Source: La tribune

Geneva presented the findings of a study it commissioned from the Urban Sociology Laboratory of the EPFL. The report gives many paths to follow in order to allow the event to grow while keeping its soul.

Read the article here

On holiday with your thumb up

Source : Le Parisien

Hitchhiking is a practice still alive, says "Le Parisien". The newspaper interviewed Vincent Kaufmann, a professor at EPFL about it.

Read the article here

Limits of democracy

Source: RTS

The city of Zurich offers a mobile app for reporting depredations on public space whic is a tremendous a success. Is it a technological innovation or a new denunciation tool? The show "Intercity" on "RTS la 1ère" asked Luca Pattaroni his opinion on the question.

Listen to the broadcast here

A new closeness between residents

Source: 24 heures
For six years, the districts Caravan criscrosses the city of Lausanne in the summer, offering different activities to residents. "24 heures" published an article about it and interviews including Vincent Kaufmann, Director of the Urban Sociology Laboratory EPFL.

Read the article here

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