Dr Suzanne Hall

Dr Suzanne Hall

Professor in Sociology and Deputy Head of Department

Department of Sociology

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STC S212
Key Expertise
Urbanisation, Migration, Livelihoods, Ethnography, Visual Methods

About me

I am an interdisciplinary urban scholar and my work connects the asymmetries of global migration and urban marginalisation. From the grounded perspective of peripheral street economies, I explore the racialised frameworks of citizenship and economic inequality and their everyday contestations. By moving between globe, state and street, I engage with the margins as a capricious space in which social sorting, cultural intermixtures and claims to difference are forged. I’m compelled by how wide geographies shape our knowledge of the urban condition, and am invested in the ethnographic possibilities of seeing political economies through the everyday.

My research focuses on spatial formations of precarious livelihoods and citizenship including:

- racial formations of colonisation and apartheid in Cape Town in the working life of refugee women (funded by a Philip Leverhulme Prize);

- the de-industrialisation of work from the vantage point of streets in urban peripheries in Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester and Manchester  (funded by an ESRC award); and

- the global ‘regeneration’ of urban space in the context of a South London Street (supported by an LSE Cities Fellowship).

- I’ve collaborated with Huda Tayob and Thandi Loewenson on a curriculum on ‘Race, Space and Architecture’, and have been part of the ‘Digital Makings of the City of Refuge’ project led by Myria Georgiou, and the ‘Beyond Banglatown’ project led by Claire Alexander.

I’m currently co-supervising PhD projects engaging with social and political formations of urban space including homelessness in Athens (Maria-Christina Vogkli); migrant solidarity in Istanbul (Helen MacKreath); and Palestinian life and land in Jerusalem (Lucy Garbett). 

Selected Publications:


2021    The Migrant’s Paradox: Street Livelihoods and Marginal Citizenship in Britain, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

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). 

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Edited volumes

2021    Guest Editor for ‘The Migrant’s Paradox Book Review Forum: Author to Author’, Society and Space, July.

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

2021      Nyamnjoh, H., Hall, S., and Cirolia, L. ‘Precarity, Permits and Prayers: Working practices of Congolese women in Cape Town,. Africa Spectrum

2021      Hall, S., Nyamnjoh, H. and L.R. Cirolia, ‘Apportioned City: Gendered delineations of asylum, work and violence in Cape Town’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

2021    Cirolia, L., Hall, S., and Nyamnjoh, H. ‘Remittance Micro-worlds and Migrant Infrastructure: Circulations, disruptions and the movement of money’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12467

2020     Georgiou, M., Hall, S. and Dajani, D. ‘Suspension: Disabling the City of Refuge?’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2020.1788379

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. 

Book chapters

2021    ‘Edge Syntax: Vocabularies for violent times’, in Ash Amin and Michele Lancione (eds), Grammars of the Urban Ground , Durham NC: Duke University Press. 

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.

Research Reports

2021      Alexander, C., Carey, S., Hall, S., and J. King, Revisiting Brick Lane: The Impact of COVID-19 on an Ethnically Diverse High Street, The Runnymede Trust.

2020      Alexander, C., Carrey, S., Lidher, S., Hall, S. and J. King, Beyond Banglatown: Continuity, Change and New Urban Economies in Brick Lane, The Runnymede Trust.

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).

Film and websites

2020    Tayob, H., Hall, S. and Loewenson, T. Race, Space and Architecture. An open-access website

2015    Hall, S. and Yetton, S. Ordinary Streets. A film. LSE Cities. 

Recent book reviews, essays and web publications (since 2019)

2020     ‘Drawing as Listening’, Themed Issue on ARCH+ Ethnography, ARCH+, pp. 1-5.

2019     ‘A Narrow Passage’, Themed Issue on Passages, Cityscapes, No. 9, pp. 1-3

2019     ‘Street Density’, Workshop proceedings, Rethinking Density, Department of Geography, Durham, pp. 1-3.

2019     ‘The Colonisation of the Climate: Thinking through cities and the anthropocene’, Conference keynote, Cities and the Anthropocene: A Mediterranean perspective, British Academy and Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona Conference, pp. 1-10.

Expertise Details

Urbanisation; Migration; Migrant city-making; Ethnography; Visual Methods

My research