Crossed perspectives
Mobility and conviviality in a rural environment

Is there a place for public or shared transportation in a rural environment? How can the needs of an isolated person or with reduced mobility be met? How should the ecological issues be dealt with? Here are the responses of an engineer who specialises in such questions, and a local elected representative who has played a significant role in developing the Pilat Regional Park in France.

The mobility channel
Becoming Altermobile

Altermobilities (public transport, bicycle, car sharing, etc.) are sustainable alternatives to automobility for the home to work commute. What explains these changing practices in modes of transport?

The mobility channel
How the super-rich are changing our mobile world - Javier Caletrio

Elite’s high-carbon hypermobility builds glamorous and enviable images which shape the aspirations of the world population.

The mobility channel
A Bird’s Eye view of poverty - Bianca Freire-Medeiros

The Brazilian authorities are building cable cars to meet tourist demand to see the favelas for themselves. But is such transportation simply encouraging ‘safaris among the poor’?

Forum's Books
Rehabilitating the peri-urban - How to live and move sustainably in these areas?

Challenging conventional wisdom on the peri-urban, Rehabilitating the peri-urban offers unexpected insight and provides avenues for action, in order to live and move sustainably in peri-urban areas. This book offers an interpretation of the themes developed during the 2nd International Meetings of the Mobile Lives Forum, enhanced with numerous portfolios, drawings and interviews.

Forum News
Editorial: Preparing the Mobile Transition
Mobility is a vehicle for community development and offers a strong basis for personal freedom. Current policies are designed primarily to facilitate access to transportation and communications, in order to expand regional competitiveness and reduce inequality.

By Vincent Kaufmann
Social Scientist

Cross-Border Commuting

Cross-border commuting symbolizes mobility in many ways: from a geographical to a social perspective. The exemple of the Franco-Swiss border.


By Gwenola Wagon
Artist, director and researcher

Around the world in 80,000 clicks

In the age of virtual mobility, Gwenola Wagon and Stéphane Degoutin revisit Jules Verne’s journey. However, what world are we entering when we navigate amidst all this information and visual representation? Who has created all this and made it available to us?

Car sharing


Last modification by
Marc Pearce

Car sharing is the pooling of one or several vehicles, for various trips at different times. Three types of car sharing exist: commercial car sharing, peer-to-peer car sharing and “informal” sharing between individuals.

Social Scientist

What are the effects of the acceleration of social rhythms?

If they agree on the reality of an acceleration of social processes, the German sociologist Hartmut Rosa and the French Geographer Michel Lussault strongly disagree on the sustained importance of space and its effects – either good or bad – for our societies.

Le projet du Forum Vies Mobiles

Presentation of the association

The Mobile Lives Forum is a “transinstitute.”Created in 2011 the Mobile Lives Forum is an institute for research on and discussion about mobilities. The Mobile Lives Forum treats mobility as both physical movement and social change. It focuses specifically on the dialectic between movement, telecommunications and social mobility understood as how individuals develop sociabilit…

The Steering and Strategic Foresight Committee

The Steering and Strategic Foresight Committee is a place for discussion, exchange and the production of ideas - much like a research seminar. It meets twice a year. Its membership is a reflection of the Forum’s unique scientific position at the crossroad between the worlds of research, artistic creation and SNCF. Its composition, predominantly human and social scientists, provi…

Research program themes

The Mobile Lives Forum’s research program is in keeping with the perspective of the “mobility turn.” Its aim is to study mobility in relation to lifestyles and territories.Gradually over the course of its development, the mobility offer has become more democratized. Overwhelmingly popular, speed potentials today are used intensively by the entire population. Thus since the S…
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