I am an Associate Professor of Sociology at the LSE where I co-direct the Cities Programme with David Madden. I am an interdisciplinary urban scholar and have practised as an architect in South Africa. My research and teaching interests connect the asymmetries of global migration with the ongoing ferocities of urban marginalisation. From the grounded perspective of street economies formed in the peripheries of post-industrial UK cities, I explore the intersections of racialised frameworks of citizenship and economic inequality and their everyday contestations. By moving between spaces of globe, state and street, I explore the margins as a capricious space in which social sorting, cultural intermixtures and claims to difference are forged. My work engages with how wide geographies shape our knowledge of the urban condition, and I am invested in the rich intellectual, visual and textual possibilities of writing the street as world, and of seeing political economies through the everyday.
I am currently focusing on a book project on The Migrant’s Paradox where I examine the overlap of multiple displacements: of citizenship status through splintering legalities; of work through the casualisation of livelihoods; and of the margins through the redevelopment of urban space. I specifically locate this paradox in the European context of liberal democracy and its ideologies of mobility and immobility.
I am recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Sociology and the Rome Scholarship in Architecture, and of various research grants that have permitted me to conduct intensive and collaborative research explorations. These include:
- the ‘Ordinary Streets’ project based in south London (supported by an LSE Cities Fellowship)
- the ‘Super-diverse Streets’ project based in Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester and Manchester (funded by an ESRC Future Research Leader’s award, ES/L009560/1)
- the ‘Migrant Margins’ project based in South Africa, and engaging with postcolonial approaches to city-making (funded by the Philip Leverhulme Prize). This includes making, together with Huda Tayob, an open access curriculum on ‘Race, Space and Architecture’, which we plan to share in late 2019.
I am part of the “Digital Makings of the City of Refuge’ project (led by Myria Georgiou) and a project on ‘Continuity, Change and New Urban Economies in Brick Lane’ (led by Claire Alexander).
2017 Hall, S., and Burdett, R. (eds) The Sage Handbook of the 21st Century City, London: Sage.
2012 City, Street and Citizen: The Measure of the Ordinary, London: Routledge.
Reviewed in: British Journal of Sociology, International Journal of Urban and Regional Studies, Symbolic Interaction, Polis, LSE Review of Books (reprinted in the Digest of South African Architecture).
2015 Editor, Special Issue on ‘Migration and Election 2015’, Discover Society, Issue 17, February.
2010 Hall, S., Dinardi, C. and Fernandez, M. (eds) Writing Cities, a graduate student publication, London: London School of Economics and Political Science (in collaboration with the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design and Harvard Law School).
Peer-reviewed journal articles
2018 ‘Migrant Margins: The street life of discrimination’, The Sociological Review, 66(5), pp.968-983.
2017 ‘Mooring “Super-diversity” to a Brutal Migration Milieu’, commissioned for the 40th Anniversary Special Issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies, 40(9), pp. 1562-1573.
2017 Hall, S., King, J. and Finlay, R. ‘Migrant Infrastructure: Transaction economies in Birmingham and Leicester, UK’, Urban Studies, 54 (6), pp. 1311-1327. *Shortlisted for the Urban Studies Best Article Award.
2016 Hall, S. and Savage, M. ‘Animating the Urban Vortex: New sociological urgencies’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 40(1) pp. 82-95.
2015 Hall, S., King, J. and Finlay, R. ‘Envisioning Migration: Drawing the infrastructure of Stapleton Road, Bristol’, New Diversities 17(2), pp. 59-72.
2015 ‘Migrant Urbanisms: Ordinary cities and everyday resistance’, Sociology, 49(3), pp. 853-869.
2015 ‘Super-diverse Street: A ‘trans-ethnography’ across migrant localities’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 22-37.
2013 ‘The Politics of Belonging’, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, vol. 20, issue 1, Special Issue: Settling Differences in a Land of Strangers, pp. 46-53.
2011 High Street Adaptations: Ethnicity, independent retail practices and Localism in London’s urban margins Environment and Planning A, 43(11), pp. 2571-2588.
2010 Hall, S. and Datta, A. The Translocal Street: Shop signs and local multiculture along the Walworth Road, south London in R. Tavernor (guest editor), Theme Issue on ‘London 2000 – 2010’, in City, Culture and Society, 1(2), pp. 69-77.
2010 ‘Picturing Difference: Juxtaposition, collage and layering of a multi-ethnic street’, in Anthropology Matters, 12(1).
*Reprinted in Steven Vertovec (Editor) 2014, Migration and Diversity, Edward Elgar, London.
2009 ‘Being at Home: Space for belonging in a London caff’, in A. Datta (guest editor), Theme Issue on ‘Home, Migration and the City’, in Open House International, 34(3), pp. 81-87.
*Reprinted in Dick Hobbs (Editor) 2011, Ethnography in Context: The Urban Condition, vol. 1, London: SAGE.
2008 ‘Narrating the City: Diverse spaces of urban change’, in M. Mitchell (guest editor), Theme Issue on ‘The Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources’, in Open House International, 33(2), pp. 10-17.
2018 Hall, S. ‘Interior City’, in Ricky Burdett and Philipp Rode (eds), Shaping Cities in an Urban Age, London: Phaidon, pp. 120-127.
2017 Hall, S., Finlay, R. and J. King, ‘The Migrant Street’, in Suzanne Hall and Ricky Burdett (eds), The Sage Handbook of the 21st Century City, SAGE, pp. 464-477.
2017 Hall, S and Burdett, R. ‘Urban Churn’, in Suzanne Hall and Ricky Burdett (eds), The Sage Handbook of the 21st Century City, SAGE, pp. 1-9.
2017 ‘The Street is not a Square: Urban politics from the margins’, in Yvonne Franz and Christiane Hintermann (eds), Unravelling Complexities: Understanding Public Spaces, ISR-Forschungsbericht, Vienna, pp. 33-42.
2015 ‘Designing Public Space in Austerity Britain’, in Juliet Odgers, Stephen Kite and Mhairi McVicar (eds), Economy and Architecture, Routledge, Oxon, pp. 226-236.
2014 Emotion, Location and Urban Regeneration: The resonance of marginalised cosmopolitanism in Emma Jackson and Hannah Jones (eds.), Emotion and Location: Stories of cosmopolitan belonging, Routledge, London, pp. 31-43.
2014 ‘Unrecognised Street: The social space of global change’, in Ryan Locke (ed.), Shifting from Objects to Places, Ax: Johnson Foundation, Stockholm, pp. 83-92.
2018 King, J., and Hall, S., Roman-Velazquez, P, Fernandez, A., Mallins, J., Peluffo-Soneyra, S. and N. Perez (2018) ‘Socio-economic value at the Elephant & Castle’ London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Sociology, London, UK.
2017 High Streets for All, We Made That and LSE Cities, commissioned by the Mayor of London, Greater London Authority, September 2017.
2015 Hall, S., King, J. and R. Finlay (2015) City Street Data Profile on Ethnicity, Economy and Migration. Rookery Road, Birmingham, an ESRC report, LSE, December 2015.
- Stapleton Road, Bristol, an ESRC report, LSE, December 2015.
- Narborough Road, Leicester, an ESRC report, LSE, December 2015.
- Cheetham Hill, Manchester, an ESRC report, LSE, December 2015.
2014 London’s High Streets: The value of ethnically diverse micro-economies, submitted by invitation to Just Space, in response to the London Plan, March 2014.
2013 Future of London's Town Centres, submitted by invitation to the Planning Committee, London Assembly, 10 January 2013.
2012 London’s High Streets: Bringing empty shops back into use, submitted by invitation to the Economy Committee, London Assembly, 31 August 2012.
2010 Building Confidence: The emergence of the Bankside Urban Forest project, A Process Case Study, commissioned by the Council for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE).
2015 Hall, S. and Yetton, S. Ordinary Streets. A film. LSE Cities.
Book reviews, essays and web publications
2017 ‘London Night Lines’, Real Review, 3, pp. 87-93.
2016 Hall, S. and Davis, J. ‘“Worlding” the Studio: Methodological experiments and the art of being social’, in Ben Campkin and Ger Duijzings (eds.), Engaged Urbansim, I.B. Tauris, London, pp. 53-56.
2015 Book Review: N. Foner, J. Rath, J. W. Duyvendak and R. van Reekum (eds.), 2014: ‘New York and Amsterdam: Immigration and the new urban landscape’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38(8), pp. 1449-1451.
2014 Book Review: Jones, H. 2013. ‘Negotiating Cohesion, Inequality and Change’, LSE Review of Books, 15 December.
2014 ‘World Wide Street’, Migration: A COMPAS Anthology, B. Anderson and M. Keith (eds.), COMPAS: Oxford.
2014 Book Review: Millington, G. 2011, ‘Race’, Culture and the Right to the City: Centres, peripheries, margins, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 368-70
2013 Blog Entry: ‘Multilingual Citizenship’, Discover Society, launch issue of the British Sociological Association online magazine, Issue 1, October.
* Reprinted in World on the Move vol. 20, no. 2, newsletter of the American Sociological Association’s section on International Migration.
2012 Blog Entry: ‘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.
2012 Book Review: Bremner, L. 2010, ‘Writing the City into Being: Essays on Johannesburg 1998-2008 and Murray, M.J. 2010 City of Extremes: The spatial politics of Johannesburg, Antipode, vol.44, no.2, pp. 1569-1571.
2009 Book Review: C. Calhoun. and R. Sennett (eds.) 2007, ‘Practicing Culture’, British Journal of Sociology, vol.60, no.1, pp. 193-195.
2009 Book Review: Shaw, W. (2007), ‘Cities of Whiteness’, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, vol.9, no.1, pp. 164-166
2008 ‘Armed with our Inexperience: a Survey of the Walworth Road’, in Street Signs, Centre for Urban and Community Research: Goldsmiths University of London, Autumn, pp. 10-11 http://www.gold.ac.uk/media/streetsigns-aug08.pdf
2006 ‘Philippi Public Transport Interchange’ co-authored with J. Perrin, in T. Deckler, A. Graupner and H. Rasmuss, Contemporary South African Architecture in a Landscape of Transition, Cape Town: Double Storey, pp. 79-81
2003 ‘Transforming Terrain: The case of South African cities’, forward in South African Architect, Sept issue.
2002 ‘Foregrounds and Backgrounds to Housing’, in South African Architect, Jan/Feb, pp. 41-44.
2002 ‘Cities in Transition: The South African realities’ co-authored with I. Low, in The Digest of South African Architecture, vol. 6, pp.17-20.