Urban Sociology

This cluster brings together the distinctive research interests of urban sociologists and ethnographers in the Department, working alongside urban designers and planners to address global systems of power and regulation; cultural hierarchies and subversions; and forms of association and exclusion. Browse the latest blog posts written on these themes here.

Why are Republicans Scared of America’s Cities?

By Harry Blain, Researcher at LSE Cities

Why are senior Republicans describing cities as “war-zones”, security threats and spaces of total disorder?
In May, the New York Times’ Robert Draper asked Donald Trump to name the most dangerous place he has visited in the world. After initially joking “Brooklyn”, the Republican presidential nominee answered “No… there are places in America that […]

November 4th, 2016|Urban Sociology|0 Comments|

Inequality By Design? Why we need to start talking about aesthetics, design and politics

By Mona Sloane @mona_sloane


These days, ‘aesthetics’ are everywhere: we encounter them as apps, as brands, as lifestyles etc. As both ubiquitous and omnipresent, ‘aesthetics’ now do not only claim a central role in narratives about how we could/should configure our everyday lives, but have quietly become a key link in the powerful interplay of sociality, design and politics: In […]

Privatisation of Street Food Markets in London: curating markets and place

By Paz Concha, PhD Candidate, LSE Sociology – @pazc

In a recent edition of The Guardian, there was a story about the privatisation of Berwick Street Market, an historic London market in the heart of Soho. Stallholders are protesting at the council’s decision to bring in a “commercial operator” to manage the market. Why would the council would do that? Not only […]

#HowToGetACouncilHouse: An Unfair Representation

by Ronda Daniel – @rondaemily_
Social housing as we know it is on a steady decline in the UK, with house prices in London increasing by 222% (Shelter, 2016). This, as well as the privatisation of the NHS, is one of the biggest threats and worries facing people. During a time of anger, hostility and worry in austerity Britain, […]

I Feel Smart After Leaving the LSE

By MSc City Design and Social Science Graduand, Álvaro Orbea


So what is it like to be a post-graduate from LSE Sociology? I must clarify first that I’m not a sociologist, and I’ve been questioning the sociologist abilities that I learned in school (after I got my grades back). I don’t know if anyone is in my position, but to […]

Are We Living In An Urban Vortex? An interview with Suzi Hall (2 of 2)

Part II of Maria-Christina Vogkli’s interview with Suzi Hall. Part I can be found here.


MC: Being an urban ethnographer, how do you think that this methodology sheds light on the interconnection between the street, the local and the global?

S: Ethnography is always my enter point into exploring a social process. So, although migration is fundamentally about the global organization of […]

Are We Living In An Urban Vortex? An interview with Suzi Hall (1 of 2)

Last week Maria-Christina Vogkli met with Dr Suzi Hall, an urban ethnographer within the Sociology department at the LSE, to talk about London, the housing crisis, and all things urban.


Maria-Christina: To what extent has London changed throughout recent years? What role has super-diversity played when it comes to how migrant participation has shaped London’s urban space and life?

Suzi: London has changed […]

Long Nights on Brick Lane

Riad Azar on ethnographic research in London’s Brick Lane

“…and then I realised that time was circular”, a friend told me after reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel 100 Years of Solitude. Our discussion was stubborn, returning to me time and again during my first few weeks in London. I was about to begin an MSc programme in Political Sociology; it was […]