Alain Bovet


Alain Bovet is a former collaborator of ETH Wohnforum - ETH CASE. He studied linguistics, ethnology and sociology at the University of Neuchâtel (1999) and obtained a PhD in sociology at the University of Fribourg (2007) on the public debate about GMOs in Switzerland. He has taught and published on a variety of communication practices, from interpersonal communication and Reality-TV to media discourse on public problems. From October 2014 until September 2016, he has been engaged in the SNF project Repair, Maintenance and Urban Assemblage led by Ignaz Strebel at ETH Wohnforum - ETH CASE.



In the SNF project Repair, Maintenance and Urban Assemblage, Alain Bovet uses and expands his experience in the ethnomethodological analysis of video-recorded interactions. Video data give access to situated details of janitor work as it is accomplished for tenants and in their flats. The project aims at analyzing and documenting the specific contribution that janitors bring to the quality of infrastructure and the built environment.