All Research Networks Close

RN37 - Urban Sociology

Analyzing, understanding and intervening in our urban world

    The Research Network Urban Sociology aims to stimulate scientific debate within the area of Urban Sociology, by creating a cross-disciplinary space of exchange open to sociologists and scientists from other disciplines interested in creating knowledge about, but also intervening in, urban space and urban life. The Research Network started in Turin in 2013 as a Research Stream on Urban Sociology and Public Spaces (

    The network was formally constituted the next year and a first Midterm conference, with the theme Public Spaces, Private Lives, was organized in November 2014 in Lisbon, with Kirsteen Paton and Ray Hutchinson as keynote speakers. In Prague, the next year, the first Coordination and Board were elected and we had very interesting sessions. In 2016, our second midterm conference took place in Krakow, where we welcomed around 170 urban researchers, including keynote speakers Saskia Sassen, Talja Blockland, Ayo Mansaray and Jacek Gądecki. You can read all about it in our blog: With carefully selected contributions from the conference, the coordination and board published a book with Springer: Moving Cities – Contested Views on Urban Life (

    In Athens, in 2017, we publically presented the book and organized a keynote with João Teixeira Lopes, the first coordinator of RN37. 
    Today, we have a little over 100 members, and counting. Our next Midterm Conference will be held in Madrid at the end of June 2018.

    All are welcome!



    E-mail: rn37.esa [at]