Researchers and practitioners from many fields have been adapting ethnographic research methods to suit the complex demands of contemporary urban settings. The Urban Ethnography Lab is an initiative by scholars from the Humboldt University’s Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies, the Department of Social- and Cultural Geography from Humboldt-University of Berlin, the Institute for Contemporary Design Practices HGK in Basel, and the University of Toronto’s Ethnography Lab.

We are happy to continue building institutional links between departments and scholars that are interested in fostering an international and interdisciplinary network of labs dedicated to spreading the value of ethnographic and qualitative urban research. The motivation for creating this partnership was to create a lab through which to promote ethnographic methods in the study of urban and metropolitan areas and increase its relevance in science and policy-making.

The Urban Ethnography Lab is a growing centre that promotes ethnographic research methods, with a focus on urban areas, while the Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies encourages the growth of international networks of academic groups focused on metropolitan research. On the basis, our long-term objectives have been identified as to:

  1. Enhance ethnographic research methods at the intersection of urban anthropology, human geography and design.
  2. Create opportunities for research on urban comparisons,
  3. Promote the creation of a research network by facilitating the exchange of students and researchers internationally.

Contact Information:

Berlin, Germany:

Carolin Genz (Co-Founder and Lab Coordinator Berlin)
Urban Ethnography Lab
Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany
Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies
Department for Cultural- & Social Geography

Basel, Switzerland:

Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe (Lab Coordinator Basel)
Urban Ethnography Lab
University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland FHNW
Academy of Art and Design HGK
Institute Contemporary Design Practices ICDP

Toronto, Canada:

Ethnography Lab (Co-Founder)
Department for Anthropology
University of Toronto, Canada

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