Lauren Dean


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Works at Department of Sociology
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 B, plan 9
Room B 877
Postal address Sociologiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am a PhD candidate in sociology focused on the social roles of buildings. My dissertation work follows one building type in one city through time and urban contexts. It aims to present the material and symbolic roles that the building type plays in social processes through the study of neighborhood change, spatial practices, and historical urban geography. Through the lens of a single building type, I am able to view multiple aspects of a society. 

Other projects include an investigation of the relationship between street activity and crime through a study of stoop-sitting on buildings in Harlem, NY and an organizational study on the causes of a fire in a Lower Manhattan skyscraper. Prior to arrival at Stockholm University I held research positions in the fields of mental health and obesity/consumption behavior, as well as worked on union-side labor law in the construction industry in New York City. I hold a Master's in Sociology from Columbia University (USA) and a Bachelor's in Sociology from Cornell University (USA).

Areas of Interest: Sociology of Buildings; Urban Studies; Materiality; Mechanisms; Theorizing.

Last updated: June 26, 2018

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