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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Wales
City of Glas/z

Research Interests

Currently, Eric Laurier is working on cross-cultural driving practices, payment practices in service work and family relationships in walking. My long term approach to research emerges from ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. They are concerned, in quite fundamental ways, with what things are and how things happen, where those things might be as familar as crossing at traffic lights or as technical as professional film editing practice. To try and recover the overlooked details of how people organise the things that they do, I tend to use video recordings. 

By topic:
public space, mobility, transport, technology, workplaces, social relationships, everyday life in the city, conviviality, marketplaces, walking in the countryside, neighbourhoods, wayfinding, mobile devices, driving, practical reasoning, gestures, film & video production, infrastructures, leisure, family meal times, cafes.

By approach:
video, ethnography, conversation analysis, ethnomethodolgy, ANT.

By thinker:
Harold Garfinkel, Harvey Sacks, Stanley Cavell, Stanley Raffel, Erving Goffman, Bruno Latour.

Research Groups

The Scottish Ethnomethodology, Discourse, Interaction and Talk group (SEDIT) ->

Mobility Studies of Interaction (Mobsin), European Network (Aalborg, Basel, Cardiff, Helsinki, Linkoping, Loughborough, Stockholm, Oulu, Gothenberg, Mannheim, Leuven, Nice, Paris, Kolding)

The Cultural and Historical Geography Research Group, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh

The Media and Communication Research Network, University of Edinburgh

Food Researchers in Edinburgh ->


Office Hours

My office hours are 2-4pm on Mondays.

My room can be a bit tricky to find. If you find the Ogilvie Room in the Institute of Geography, then I'm up the stairs opposite that.


I specialise in course where students learn the craft of collecting, analysing and writing-up their own empirical materials.

Qualitative Methods in Geography (3rd Year Honours Course)

Advanced Ethnography: Documenting the City (4th year Honours Course)

Researching with Media (4th year Honours Course)

Methdological Debates in Human Geography (Postgraduate Course)

I also contribute to MSc courses in Design Informatics, ESRC methods training for postgraduate students and run occasional short courses at other European Universities on analysing video.

Research outputs

  1. A bip, a beeeep and a beep beep. How Horns are Sounded in Chennai Traffic

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  2. Notes on the practices and appearances of e-scooters in public space

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  3. “Off the beaten map”: Navigating with digital maps on moorland

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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Research activities & awards

  1. Conversation Analysis and Social Work

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

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