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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.



A country of commuters

Source: Kabelleger / David Gubler

Emmanuel Ravalet, from the Urban Sociology Laboratory EPFL, is interviewed in the columns of the Tribune de Genève on commuters in Switzerland.

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A new kind of cooperative


Luca Pattaroni, from the Urban Sociology Laboratory EPFL, expresses himself in the columns of Le Courier about a new cooperative of artists and cultural actors in Geneva for which he is president.

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An urban cooperative

Source: RTS

Luca Pattaroni, from the EPFL Urban Sociology Laboratory, spoke on the radio show "Le journal du matin" about a new cooperative project launched in Geneva for which he is the president.

Listen to the broadcast here

In the past the highway was synonymous with modernity, freedom, speed, openness...

Source: Tabl-trai

Today it rhymes more with traffic jams, stress, pace, noise and environmental pollution. How do highway users perceive this every day duality? With Vincent Kaufmann from EPFL.

Listen to the show here

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