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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.



Carpooling not catching on

Source: Tooxme

The carpool startup Tooxme located in the Canton of Vaud suspends its activities. The radio show “On en parle”, on “RTS la 1ère” discussed the issue and questioned Emmanuel Ravalet, researcher specializing in mobility and urban sociology at the EPFL Urban Sociology Lab.

Listen to the show here

Where are the parking spots?

Source :

Apparently the country has 10 million public and private parking available. "Le Matin Dimanche" reported on their location and accessibility. Emmanuel Ravalet, from the LaSUR, is interviewed.

Read the article here

WC à transformer
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Source: commons.wikimedia.org

Peu fréquentées, parfois dangereuses, les toilettes publiques embarrassent les communes, qui cherchent des solutions pour les assainir ou les transformer. "L'Hebdo" aborde le sujet et interroge notamment Luca Pattaroni, chercheur au Laboratoire de sociologie urbaine de l'EPFL.

Lire la suite ici

Is it absolutely necessary punish littering?

Gaetan Bally - KeystoneA federal bill is planning fines of up to 300 francs to those who leave their garbage lying around. Should we admit that prevention is not enough?

Luca Pattaroni, Doctor of urban sociology at EPFL; Jacques Bourgeois, National Councillor (PLR / FR) and Didier Divorne, MP POP Vaud Grand Council discussed on the radio.

Listen to the interview here

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