What's New

I've been exploring the concept of social infrastructure and community organizations recently. My paper on Cosmopolitan Social Infrastructure is forthcoming in Current Sociology. My new book, Neighbourhood Houses: Community Building in Vancouver, with Miu Chung Yan is out now!

One of my current projects concerns the diversity of friendship groups, particularly co-ethnic and cross-ethnic friendships. A new paper in Ethnic and Racial Studies is now available. A paper with Brett Matsushita on marriage and friendship is under review.

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