From 18 October to 31 October 2016

City center or periruban aera: what living environment to favor sustainable mobilities?

Living environments, lifestyles and leisure mobilities

Research participants : Swann Thommen, Sébastien Munafò

Sustainable mobilities in peri-urban areas?

Mobile Lives Forum meetings



Making the Connections” – Transport and its Place in History

Wednesday 16 November 2016
Hosted by : York Transport Historians
Where : Kings Manor, University of York



Gendered Mobilities

Friday 25 November 2016
Hosted by : ETMU Conference 2016
Where : University of Eastern Finland

The general trend towards liberal logics and neoliberal logics in transition policy - Peter Adey

Video by Peter Adey

According to Peter Adey, there is a general trend towards liberal and neoliberal logics in transition policy. An emphasis is being placed on trying to shift the responsibility to individuals and on market-based solutions that can be exported elsewhere.

Thinking the future of car mobility

Video by Kate G. Reese

Automobility is a cornerstone of American life. But what are its future prospects in an era of climate change and depleting natural resources? America is at a crossroad between acceleration, rebuilding and transition, explains Kate Reese.

Transitioning toward low-carbon mobility: a holistic approach to transition policy

Video by Tim Cresswell

Dwindling oil reserves and massive greenhouse gas emissions from transport have led Tim Cresswell, head of the Living in the mobility transition research project, and his team on a worldwide search for policies and practices that could help spur the transition toward a low-carbon future. Here he shares some early insights from the project on the way forward for a mobility transition.

Mobility, motility: What determines our ability to move? / By Vincent Kaufmann

Video by Vincent Kaufmann

Defining mobility involves both understanding the connection between movement and social change and determining what factors influence our skills for moving through the concept of motility. Vincent Kaufmann brings us up to speed.

Online purchase and trip reduction: what effects in urban and peri-urban areas?

Video by Frédéric De Coninck

How online purchases differ between urban and peri-urban areas? Do they allow to reduce our movements and their carbon footprint? Frédéric de Coninck, currently Coordinator of the LABEX Urban Futures (Laboratoire d’Excellence Futurs Urbains), uniting the research forces on the city of Paris-Est university exposes the results of two surveys conducted in 2007 and 2012.

For society and technology, the future is hybrid, by Mimi Sheller

Video by Mimi Sheller

Cars are not alone in becoming hybrids in modern cities, according to Mimi Sheller. There is a far broader hybrid future that encompasses technology, town planning and the way individuals are increasingly using social networks on the move.

What is the Mobile Lives Forum ?

Video by Forum Vies Mobiles

Mobile Lives Forum's video presentation

Mobility and climate: a need for action - Kevin Anderson

Video by Kevin Anderson

From the movement of people to the transport of freight, mobility is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore a contributor to climate change. Professor Kevin Anderson assesses where we stand today and the prospects for the future of our mobility.

Changing practices: a key role for temporality and spatiatlity - James Faulconbridge

Video by James Faulconbridge

Governments around the world are looking at ways of encouraging people to walk, cycle or use public transport, rather than to drive. James Fauconbridge of Lancaster University talks about new research that suggests temporal and spatial issues also need to be considered.

Evacuation: a crucial type of mobility - Peter Adey

Video by Peter Adey

Peter Adey is a professor of Geography at the Royal Holloway University of London. His work lies at the intersection between space, security and mobility. According to him, mobilities of evacuation are crucial and deserve more scrutiny.

Understanding the real reasons why people choose a particular type of transport

Video by Vincent Kaufmann

Over the past 20 years, improvements in public transport, planning and telecommunications systems have helped to significantly reduce people's preference for travel by car. A look at three Swiss cities: Geneva, Lausanne and Bern.

Why do we need utopias? - Malene Freudendal-Pedersen

Video by Malene Freudendal-Pedersen

Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, an Associate Professor at Roskilde University in Denmark, discusses how utopias can play a practical role in achieving the longer-term objective of a more sustainable mobility.

Motility and viscosity: a new understanding of mobility for better policy making

Crossed perspectives by Vincent Kaufmann and Catherine Doherty

Through the study of mobility practices in Australia and European countries, sociologists Catherine Doherty and Vincent Kaufmann develop two different but complementary analyses of mobility potential, on an individual and contextual level. Will these new concepts help further our understanding of mobility practices and renew public action in very different national contexts? Both authors are confident this will be the case and explain why.

Questioning art and social science crossovers

Crossed perspectives by Ursula Biemann and Valérie Pihet

Valérie Pihet and Ursula Biemann discuss the crossovers between artistic creation and scholarly research in the field of mobility. Either working together, or in parallel, these two disciplines have a significant contribution to make in terms of the public debate.

Changing behaviour for a low-carbon future

Crossed perspectives by Matt Watson and Frédéric De Coninck

British geographer Matt Watson and French sociologist Frédérick De Coninck discuss the role that practices should play in the reduction of our carbon footprint. Can taking better account of people’s daily constraints be the key to developing more effective politics and hastening the transition towards a low-carbon mobility?

Internet, territories and centralities

Crossed perspectives by Benjamin Bayart and Boris Beaude

Boris Beaude, a geographer, and Benjamin Bayart, an engineer and ardent supporter of freedom of expression, discuss the tensions that have arisen concerning the internet, the main platform for virtual mobility. Designed as something without a centre, which could not be fully controlled and would free people from regional limitations, the internet seems unable to deliver on these promises – as a result of pre-existing constraints.

Neo-nomads and highly mobile people

Crossed perspectives by Stéphanie Vincent-Geslin & Emmanuel Ravalet and Maude Reitz & Yves Pedrazzini

Four researchers assess the traits and similarities of and the differences between the subjects of their respective fields of study: neo-nomads, the focus of the ‘noLand’s man’ research project, and high mobility as studied in the framework of the JobMob investigation.

Multi-Level Perspective and Theories of Practice: a mistaken controversy?

Controversie between Dale Southerton, Matt Watson

In the thriving field of sustainability transitions an interesting discussion has flourished concerning the respective merits of, and the relationship between, two analytical schemes known as multi-level models of innovation and theories of social practice.

What metropolitan transport for Los Angeles?

Controversie between Lucile Waquet, Jean Leveugle

What transportation policy to be developed in a sprawling and segregated city like Lose Angeles? What place should the car have? Is it better to favor the subway network or the bus network? And for which objectives: economic (competitiveness, employment, etc.), environmental (reducing pollution and the consumption of fossil resources) and/or social (the fight against social and racial inequality)?

Is transport infrastructure responsible for economic development?

Controversie between Rémy Prud’Homme, Jean-Marc Offner, Emmanuel Ravalet

Put in this way, the answer seems fairly obvious. And yet, it is an important debate that continues – even today. Indeed, in local political milieus it is still common to hear talk of the need to build highways to improve access to regions, thus allowing for their development. From where does this stance originate?

Compactness as a response to environmental issues?

Controversie between Jacques Lévy, Philippe Estèbe

“There remains a source of divergence among contributors: the preferred urban model for resolving the problems of congestion and pollution linked to the rise of urban mobilities. The opposition, which one might have thought we had left behind, between supporters of more compact towns and cities … and those who believe in a more diffuse urban environment, continues to flare up.”

Mobile Lives Forum meetings

Making of identities and movement control in transit places

After a 2015 that challenged our mobility systems (terrorist attacks, refugee crisis, COP 21, etc.), the Mobile Lives Forum proposes exploring the question further by looking at one of the key emblems of movement in our society: transit areas. How do they work? What role do they play? How will they be affected by contemporary security, political, social and environmental challenges? Tim Cresswell, mobility theorist and professor at Northeastern University in Boston, and Mikaël Lemarchand, Eurostar station manager, answer these questions.


Videos: sustainable mobilities in peri-urban areas?

This Meeting saught to question the image of peri-urban areas as unlivable unbearable and without qualities or urbanness. Researchers, professionals and artists defended their views of the different lifestyles these areas give birth to and potential they offer in terms of sustainable mobility. The audience was invited to actively participate in the discussion.

You can now watch (again) the two days of the Meetings – or thirty videos displaying the speeches, discussions and debates which occured between practitioners, researchers and artists from the entire world, questioning the conventional wisdom about peri-urban areas.


The Thrill of Rail

Literature is, among other things, a source of knowledge, so we looked to two French-language writers for whom the train is an essential part of their storytelling, and staged readings from their novels. Also taking part in the evening were a writer and critic, academics and SNCF professionals. All these points of view helped to broaden our understanding of railroad mobility.

Mobile Lives Forum meetings

Sustainable mobilities in peri-urban areas?

This Meeting sought to question the image of peri-urban areas as unliveable, unbearable and without qualities or urbanness. Researchers, professionals and artists defended their views of the different lifestyles these areas give birth to and potential they offer in terms of sustainable mobility. The audience has been invited to actively participate in the discussion.

> Please clic here to view the meeting's vidéo.

Maison Rouge : 10 Boulevard de la Bastille,  75012, Paris


The Mobility of Tomorrow: Theses and controversies

May 26th & 27th, 2011

at the Maison Rouge (Paris-Bastille)


with 110 mobility scholars and practitioners



These first “Theses and Controversies” were also the occasion for an exhibition of books by artists and photographers whose work is founded on mobile artistic processes.

Living environments, lifestyles and leisure mobilities

Research participants : Swann Thommen, Sébastien Munafò

The virtues of the compact city called into question?

The goal of this research was to identify the impact of the urban environments of Geneva and Zurich (city center, suburban and peri-urban) on leisure mobility and on occasional long-distance travel in particular. It will also be an opportunity to create a subjective sound map by recording several residents of these living environments for an entire day. This research also gave rise to an artistic project, led by acoustician Swann Thommen, which can be found in the Artistic Lab section. Geographer Sébastien Munafo’s thesis is available for free access on this page (in french only).

Living in the Mobility Transition

Research participants : Tim Cresswell, Peter Adey, Cristina Temenos, Jane Yeonjae Lee, Astrid Wood , Anna Nikolaeva

This study, conducted under the direction of geographers Tim Cresswell and Peter Adey, explores the way 14 countries depict the future of mobilities and the mobility transition policies they are envisaging. Over a period of two years, the project will give way to a joint publication and a conference on mobility transition policies.

EVOLMOB - A change in the way young people relate to cars

Research participants : Stéphanie Vincent-Geslin, Patrick Bonnel, Louafi Bouzouina, Pascal Pochet, Nathalie ORTAR

Car use has declined in most OCDE countries since the early 2000s; for the first time since the end of World War II, there has been a drop in the proportion of young people who choose to get their driver’s license. The goal of the EVOLMOB study was to get a better understanding of what this trend means for the future. To do this, it specifically focused on young people’s travel behaviors in three regional cities: Lyon, Grenoble (France) and Montreal (Canada). What relationship do young people have with the car in these urban regions today? What are the drivers of the changes observed in these different economic, geographic and social contexts? The research results are now in.

Motility for Professional Integration

Research participants : Mobil'Homme (EPFL), Mouvances (association)

In 2014, Forum Vie Mobiles supported the launch of a collaboration between the bureau of research on mobility MOBIL’HOMME and MOUVANCES, an association for professional training and counsel.

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