Hall, Suzanne

Dr Suzanne Hall  


Position held

Assistant Professor in Sociology


Senior Research Associate


Experience keywords:

high streets; multi-ethnic street economies and spaces; urban diversity; urban ethnography; urban migration; visual methods

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Suzanne is an urban sociologist, and has practised as an architect in South Africa. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Researcher at LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science where she leads the 'Ordinary Streets' project: http://lsecities.net/objects/research-projects/ordinary-streets

Her research and teaching interests are foregrounded in local expressions of global urbanisation, particularly, accelerated urban migration. She currently focuses on migrant economies and spaces on urban high streets in London.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Policy and Regulatory Bodies

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Cities of the global north specifically London

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)207 955 7056

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Hall, Suzanne (2015) Designing public space in Austerity Britain In: Odgers, Juliet and McVicar, Mhairi and Kite, Stephen, (eds.) Economy and Architecture. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 226-236. ISBN 9781138025486

Hall, Suzanne M. (2015) Book review: New York and Amsterdam: immigration and the new urban landscape Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38 (8). 1449-1451. ISSN 0141-9870

Hall, Suzanne M. (2015) Super-diverse street: a ‘trans-ethnography’ across migrant localities Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38 (1). 22-37. ISSN 0141-9870

Hall, Suzanne M. (2015) Migrant urbanisms: ordinary cities and everyday resistance Sociology, 49 (5). 853-869. ISSN 0038-0385

Hall, Suzanne (2015) Focus: migration and election 2015 Discovery Society, 17 (1 Feb 2015) blog

Hall, Suzanne M. and Savage, Mike (2015) Animating the urban vortex: new sociological urgencies International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. ISSN 1468-2427


Hall, Suzanne (2014) London’s high streets: the value of ethnically diverse micro economies Just Space , London, UK.

Hall, Suzanne (2014) World wide street In: Anderson, Bridget and Keith, Michael, (eds.) Migration: A COMPAS Anthology. Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 184-185. ISBN 9781907271038

Hall, Suzanne M. (2014) Book review: negotiating cohesion, inequality and change: uncomfortable positions in local government by Hannah Jones LSE Review of Books (1 January 2014) Blog entry

Hall, Suzanne M. (2014) Book review: Gareth Millington 2011: ‘race’, culture and the right to the city: centres, peripheries, margins. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave MacMillan International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38 (1). 368-370. ISSN 0309-1317

Hall, Suzanne (2014) Emotion, location and urban regeneration: the resonance of marginalised cosmopolitanisms In: Jones, Hannah and Jackson, Emma, (eds.) Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Emotion and Location. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 31-43. ISBN 9781138000650


Hall, Suzanne (2013) Multilingual citizenship Discover Society (1). 1-3.

Hall, Suzanne (2013) Future of London's town centres: submission to the London Assembly's Planning Committee LSE Cities, London, UK.

Hall, Suzanne M. (2013) The politics of belonging Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 20 (1). 46-53. ISSN 1070-289X

Hall, Suzanne (2013) Rescaling the transnational city: in search of a ‘trans-methodology’. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference: Engaging Sociology, 3-5 April 2013, Grand Connaught Rooms, London, UK

Hall, Suzanne M. (2012) Book review: Writing the city into being: essays on Johannesburg, 1998-2008 by Lindsay Bremner: City of extremes: the spatial politics of Johannesburg by Martin J. Murray Antipode: a Radical Journal of Geography, 44 (4). 1569-1571. ISSN 0066-4812

Hall, Suzanne (2012) For the future good of our high streets we need a better understanding of the social and economic life of local worlds in the context of global change British Politics and Policy at LSE (14 Feb 2012) Blog entry

Burdett, Ricky and Sinclair, Ian and Hall, Suzi and Mollett, Amy and Brumley, Cheryl (2012) London 2012 Olympics: what happens when global meets local? The London School of Economics and Political Science

Hall, Suzanne (2012) City, street and citizen: the measure of the ordinary Routledge advances in ethnography. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415688659


Hall, Suzanne (2011) To economise and to localise: austerity and a real life view of the Bankside Urban Forest project. In: Economy Conference, 6-8 July 2011, Cardiff, UK

Hall, Suzanne (2011) Being at home: space for belonging in a London caff’, reprint from open house international In: Hobbs, Dick, (ed.) Ethnography in Context: The Urban Condition. Sage benchmarks in social research methods, 34 (1). SAGE, London, UK.

Hall, Suzanne (2011) High street adaptations: ethnicity, independent retail practices, and Localism in London’s urban margins Environment and Planning A, 43 (11). 2571-2588. ISSN 0308-518X

Hall, Suzanne (2010) Visualising difference: picturing a multi-ethnic street Researching the Spatial and Social Life of the City, 1. 49-65.

Hall, Suzanne and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa and Dinardi, Cecilia (2010) Writing cities: how do views shape words? How do words shape cities? Writing cities programme working paper, 1. Cities Programme, London, UK.

Hall, Suzanne (2010) Picturing difference: juxtaposition, collage and layering of a multiethnic street Anthropology Matters, 12 (1). 1-17. ISSN 1758-6453

Hall, Suzanne and Datta, Ayona (2010) The translocal street: shop signs and local multi-culture along the Walworth Road, South London City, Culture and Society, 1 (2). 69-77. ISSN 1877-9166


Hall, Suzanne (2009) Book review: practicing culture, edited by Craig Calhoun and Richard Sennett British Journal of Sociology, 60 (1). 193-195. ISSN 0007-1315

Hall, Suzanne (2009) Book review: cities of whiteness by Wendy Shaw Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 9 (1). 164-166. ISSN 1754-9469

Hall, Suzanne (2009) Being at home: space for belonging in a London caff Open House International, 34 (3). 81-87. ISSN 0168-2601


Hall, Suzanne (2008) Armed with our inexperience: the Walworth Road Street Signs, Autumn. 10-11. ISSN 2043-0124

Hall, Suzanne and Perrin, J. (2008) Philippi public transport interchange In: Deckler, T. and Graupner, A. and Rasmuss, H., (eds.) Contemporary South African Architecture in a Landscape of Transition . Double Storey Books , Cape Town, South Africa, 79-81. ISBN 9780702179693

Hall, Suzanne (2008) Narrating the city: diverse spaces of urban change, South London Open House International, 33 (2). 10-17. ISSN 0168-2601


Hall, Suzanne and Low, I (2002) Cities in transition: the South African realities The Digest of South African Architecture, 6. 17-20.

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2015-2017, ESRC Future Research Leader's award 2010, The LSE’s Robert McKenzie prize for outstanding performance in a Ph.D. programme. 1998-1999 , South African Rome Scholar in Architecture, British School in Rome. 1995-1996, The Council of Scientific Development Scholarship, University of Cape Town

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