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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.



Carbon footprint

Source: russellstreet

Even if citizens are traveling thousands of kilometers for their hobbies, their carbon footprint is still below that of the residents of suburban areas. Sébastien Munafo, researcher at the Urban Sociology Laboratory at EPFL, explains the phenomenon in the radio show "Tribu" on "RTS la 1ère"

Listen to the broadcast here

The city, there I am, there I stay!

Source: 24 heures
Contrary to popular belief, urban dwellers do not aim to escape the concrete jungle as soon as they are on holidays. They also like to stay in town for recreation. A study by Sébastien Munafò is quoted by the newspaper 24 heures.

Read the article here

Where families want to live in Switzerland?

Source: Benutzer:Reaast

EPFL urban sociology laboratory has conducted research for several years on this topic. Cluster analysis identified that families fall into six major residential lifestyles, each corresponding to the valuation of various contextual elements.

Read the article of the Express here

After degradation

Source: Le Temps
Following the events and damage caused this weekend in Geneva, newspaper Le Temps and  radio "RTS la première" question researchers from the Urban Sociology Laboratory EPFL.

Listen to the broadcats here

Read the article here

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