Imagined mobilities
Crossed perspectives
Imagined mobilities

Between Arnaud Passalacqua (Historian)
and Allen Batteau (Anthropologist)

An American anthropologist and a French historian debate the significance of elected officials, transport professionals and users’ imaginaries on their choices and on decision making.

Contre-Courants – Tokyo
Ongoing research
Contre-Courants – Tokyo

Sylvie Bonnot Blog's

Tokyo Counter-Currents is a three-month photography campaign, beginning with the slowness of the Trans-Siberian railway and ending in the frenzy of Tokyo. Led by photographer Sylvie Bonnot, the project aims to capture the unique choreography of Japanese crowds in built urban spaces. The first results are expected in the summer of 2014.

How Commuting is Changing Who We Are
The Mobility channel
How Commuting is Changing Who We Are

By David Bissell, geographer

Long hours spent traveling to and from work are subtly changing the way people experience, feel, apprehend and live their lives, especially in a city like Sydney where transport is poor and painful.

Voyager sans ticket ?
Crossed perspectives
Voyager sans ticket ?

Between Jean-Louis Sagot-Duvauroux (Aubagne, France)
and Allan Alaküla (Tallinn, Estonia)

Despite being 3,000 kilometres apart, a French intellectual and a representative of the Tallinn European Union Office come together to discuss a question which both believe to be crucial for the future: the need for free public transport.

Rehabilitating the peri-urban - How to live and move sustainably in these areas?
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.

Manifesto: Preparing the Mobile Transition
Forum News
Manifesto: 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

Professional footballers, a mobility of choice?

Media coverage of the World Cup in Brazil has raised the issue of player mobility and transfers between different clubs around the globe. But do players' extremely mobile lives also involve extreme constraints?


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?



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Classic hitchhiking, an informal mode of transportation, has been supplanted by widespread car ownership and the development of carpooling. “Local” hitchhiking, which has been developing since the mid-2000s, is a safe variation of classic hitchhiking for short daily trips.

Urban studies

Public Policies & professional mobility

A University lecturer and an urban planner discuss professional mobilities and their role within community life. How do public authorities and, more broadly, society and its various components deal with mobility management?

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 de…

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 s…

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. …
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