I've been exploring the concept of social infrastructure and community building in relation to community organizations and neighbourhood houses in recent years. My new book, Neighbourhood Houses: Community Building in Vancouver, with Miu Chung Yan is out now!
I recently gave a talks on Covid-19 about social infrastructure and social distancing for UBC Extended Learning and was part of a panel at SFU discussing the same topic. You can see my UBC presentation here and the SFU discussion here.
Since 2018, I have been working with a team to establish the new UBC Centre for Migration Studies. In my role as the Community Liaison, we recently developed an approach to equitable collaborative research involving community-university partnerships that uses Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs). We are currently in the process of developing a Community Advisory Board that will institutionalize a forum for community voices at the new Centre.
Carrie Yodanis and I have been part of an ongoing discussion about the deinstitutionalization of marriage and individualized marriage. Andrew Cherlin has recently published a response to our work in Journal of Marriage and Family.
Sean R. Lauer, Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia. p:604-822-1609 e: sean(dot)lauer(at)ubc(dot)ca