Dr Suzanne Hall

Brief Biography

Suzanne Hall is Director of the LSE Cities Programme.  She is an urban ethnographer, and has practised as an architect in South Africa. Her research and teaching interests include social and economic forms of inclusion and exclusion in the context of global urbanisation, and she currently focuses on the micro-economies and spaces of urban migration. From 1997 to 2003 her practice engaged with the role of design in the context of rapid urbanisation in poor and racially segregated areas in Cape Town, and her work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally. Suzi was recently awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant (2015-2017) for a comparative project on ‘Super-diverse Streets: Economies and spaces of urban migration in UK Cities’ (ref: ES/L009560/1), see the Department's News and accolades page, September 2014.  The project explores the spatial infrastructures and economic practices on selected streets in Manchester, Birmingham, Leicester and Bradford, and engages with questions of societal reconfiguration, through how migrants recompose near-and-far worlds.  The project builds on the London-based research on ‘Ordinary Streets’ (http://lsecities.net/objects/research-projects/ordinary-streets), where the city street is conceptualised as a precarious public space in which ethnically-diverse expression, organisation and representation are made.  Suzi is a recipient of the LSE's Robert McKenzie Prize for outstanding PhD research (2010) and the Rome Scholarship in Architecture (1998-1999). Her research monograph, City, Street and Citizen: The measure of the ordinary, was published in 2012. 

Selected Publications:



2012 City, Street and Citizen: The measure of the ordinary, London: Routledge  http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415688659/

Writing Cities 1.2010 Writing Cities, with Dinardi, Cecilia and Fernandez, Melissa (eds) London: LSE, in collaboration with the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design and Harvard Law School) - see Cities Programme webpage: 
PhD programme.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

2016    Hall, S., King, J. and Finlay, R. ‘Migrant Infrastructure: Transaction economies in Birmingham and Leicester’, Urban Studies: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/65328/

2015 Hall, S. M., King, J. and Finlay, R. ‘Envisioning Migration: Drawing the infrastructure of Stapleton Road, Bristol’,  New Diversities, 17 (2). 59-72. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/66266/7/Hall_Envisioning%20migration.pdf

2015 ‘Migrant Urbanisms: Ordinary cities and everyday resistance’, Sociology: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/61891/

2015 Hall, S. & Savage, M. ‘Animating the Urban Vortex: New sociological urgencies’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/61893/

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’, in Environment and Planning A vol. 43, no. 11, pp. 2571-2588:  http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/40786/

2010 with Datta, Ayona., ‘The Translocal Street: Shop signs and local multiculture along the Walworth Road, south London, in Robert Tavernor (guest editor), Theme Issue on ‘London 2000 – 2010’, in City, Culture and Society, vol.1, no.2, pp. 69-77:  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877916610000093

2010 ‘Picturing Difference: Juxtaposition, collage and layering of a multi-ethnic street’, in Anthropology Matters, vol.12, no.1 and reprinted in Steven Vertovec (Editor) Migration and Diversity, Edward Elgar, London: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/41634/

2009 ‘Being at Home: Space for belonging in a London caff’, in Ayona Datta (guest editor) Open House International vol.34, no.3, and reprinted in 2011, Dick Hobbs (editor), Ethnography in Context: The Urban Condition, vol. 1, London: SAGE:  http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/41633/

2008 ‘Narrating the City: Diverse spaces of urban change, South London’, in Maurice Mitchell (guest editor), Theme Issue on ‘The Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources’, in Open House International, vol.33, no.2, pp. 10-17:  http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/41643/ 

Book chapters

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, pp. 31-43. ISBN 9781138000650

2015 ‘Designing public space in Austerity Britain’, in Juliet Odgers, Stephen Kite and Mhairi McVicar (eds), Economy and Architecture, Routledge: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/63143/

Research Reports

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: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/64797/1/Hall_SuperDiverseStreets_Birmingham.pdf

2015    Hall, S., King, J. and R. Finlay (2015) City Street Data Profile on Ethnicity, Economy and Migration. Stapleton Road, Bristol, an ESRC report, LSE, December 2015: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/64798/1/Hall_SuperDiverseStreets_Bristol.pdf

2015    Hall, S., King, J. and R. Finlay (2015) City Street Data Profile on Ethnicity, Economy and Migration. Narborough Road, Leicester, an ESRC report, LSE, December 2015: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/64799/1/Hall_SuperDiverseStreets_Leicester.pdf

2015    Hall, S., King, J. and R. Finlay (2015) City Street Data Profile on Ethnicity, Economy and Migration. Cheetham Hill, Manchester, an ESRC report, LSE, December 2015: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/64800/1/Hall_SuperDiverseStreets_Manchester.pdf

2014 London’s High Streets: The value of ethnically diverse micro-economies, report submitted by invitation to Just Space, in response to the London Plan, March 2014. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/58924/

2013 Future of London's Town Centres, report submitted by invitation to the Planning Committee, London Assembly, 10 January 2013. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/49845/

2012 London’s High Streets: Bringing empty shops back into use’, report submitted by invitation to the  Economy Committee, London Assembly, 31 August 2012. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/49847/

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). http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/49848/

Book reviews, essays and web publications

2015 Editor and Focus article for a special issue on ‘Migration and Election 2015’, Discover Society, Issue 17, February.

2014 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, ahead of print.

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, Bridget Anderson and Michael Keith (eds.), COMPAS: Oxford. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/59020/  

2014 Book Review: Millington, G. 2011: ‘Race’, Culture and the Right to the City: Centres, Peripheries, Margins by Gareth Millington’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 368-70. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/58918/  

2013 ‘Multilingual Citizenship’, Discover Society, launch issue of the British Sociological Association online magazine, and reprinted in World on the Move, (2014)The American Sociological Association’s Section Magazine on International Migration, http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/53885/

2013 Blog Entry: ‘Multilingual Citizenship’, Discover Society, No.1, launch issue of the British Sociological Association online magazine. http://www.discoversociety.org/multilingual-citizenship/

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 (14 Feb 2012) Blog Entry. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/2012/02/14/localism-high-street/

2012 Book review: ‘Writing the City into Being: Essays on Johannesburg 1998-2008 by Lindsay Bremner, and City of Extremes: The spatial politics of Johannesburg by Martin J. Murray’, Antipode, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 1569-1571.

2009 Book review: ‘Practicing Culture edited by Craig Calhoun and Richard Sennett, British Journal of Sociology, vol.60, no.1, pp. 193-195. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/41636/

2009 Book review: ‘Cities of Whiteness by Wendy Shaw, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 164-166. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/41637/

2009 ‘Visualising Difference: Picturing a multi-ethnic street’ (PDF), Researching the Spatial and Social Life of the City, citiesLAB: The London School of Economics and Political Science, vol.1, pp. 49-65.

2008 ‘Armed with our Inexperience: A survey of the Walworth Road’, Street Signs, Centre for Urban and Community Research: Goldsmiths University of London, Autumn, pp.10-11.

Cities Programme Studio publications

Public City Cover

MSc work in City Design and Social Science:
Cities Studio publications 

2014 Resourceful City

2013 Local City

2012 Public City

2011 City Street

2010 Olympic Fringe

2009 Inner Edge

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