From 14 February to 27 February 2017

What lifestyles for the future?


Defined by Luca Pattaroni

Aspirations for mobility and lifestyles

Research participants : Forum Mobile Lives, L'Obsoco (Research and consulting compagny)


1st Call for participation

‘Southern Diaries’: mobilities in the Global South @ Mobile Lives Forum

Monday 5 December 2016
Hosted by : Mobile Lives Forum
Where : -


Appel à communication

Mobile Utopia: Pasts, Presents Futures

Tuesday 31 January 2017
Hosted by : Lancaster’s Centre for Mobilities Research, the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M) and the Cosmobilities Network
Where : Lancaster University

A child’s education: the hidden challenge for mobile families

Video by Catherine Doherty

How does mobility affect the urban/rural divide and what are the factors that influence a family’s decision to be more or less mobile? Catherine Doherty, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology, discusses two recent studies that shed new light on both these issues.

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.

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 feel 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 of practices in reducing our carbon footprint. Can taking into account people’s daily constraints more seriously be the key to developing more effective policies and hastening the transition towards 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.

The future of cars: triumph or decline?

Controversie between Francis Papon , Mathieu Flonneau

Over the last decade, the future of cars has been at the heart of controversy that has been the subject of numerous prospective studies. This controversy is not about the need for an energy transition – whose advent is no longer a subject of debate - but more about the role of cars in the future. Should the use of cars be called into question? What policies should be implemented? What should the role of cars be?

Living environments and leisure mobility: challenging the compact city

Controversie between Sébastien Munafò, Marc Pearce (Forum Vies Mobiles)

Should we advocate for the compact city? Geographer Sébastien Munafò defends the indispensability of this model, particularly for its environmental qualities and the urbanity it fosters. Marc Pearce of the Mobile Lives Forum, on the other hand, feels it is crucial to consider, instead, many lifestyles in presence in city areas such as Geneva or Zurich and the diversity of living environments they require.

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 about the merits of and relationship between two analytical approaches, 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 develop in a sprawling, segregated city like Los Angeles? What place to give the car? Is it better to favor the subway network or the bus network? And why – economic reasons (competitiveness, employment, etc.), environmental reasons (reducing pollution and fossil resources consumption) and/or social reasons (the fight against social and racial inequality)?

Mobile Lives Forum meetings

Virtuous mobility: the advantages of the dense city challenged?

The dense city is often lauded as a sustainable and desirable model, particularly given its limiting effect on travel and CO2 emissions and its positive impact on social ties. At the same time, as “barbecue effect” theorists have shown, when we consider the number of kilometers travelled within the framework of long-distance mobility, the mobility of people living outside of cities is, in fact, equal to that of inhabitants of city centers. Is one city model really more virtuous than another? What model do people want? What living environments for tomorrow’s lifestyles?

Conférence du Forum

Lifestyle and Mobility : what aspirations for the future ?

Our lifestyles must greatly change in the future in order to be sustainable, but how to make them desirable? To answer this question, the Forum Vies Mobiles launched an unprecedented international survey on aspirations linked to future lifestyles and mobility. The survey explores pace of life, travel conditions and frequency, work location and duration, ties with family and potential changes due to environmental degradation. The Forum revealed the key results in a conference on June 21, 2016, in Company of Philippe Moati, co-founder of ObSoCo, and film critic, Xavier Leherpeur.

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.

Atypical Lifestyle Choices: an exploratory workshop

The Mobile Lives Forum highlights the necessity to (re)think the role of mobility in our societies in order to imagine lifestyles that are more desirable and sustainable. Researchers, activists and citizens who have chosen to lead atypical lifestyles in France, Switzerland, or Belgium participated in a workshop to discuss the doors these mobile lifestyles open for the future. Discover interviews with these lifestyle pioneers, as well as the findings of the prospective reflection that followed. Food for thought to imagine how mobility in the future will differ from that of today.


Research participants : Ianis Lallemand, Lyes Hammadouche, Francesca Cozzolino, Clara Meyer, Anne Bationo Tillon

According to Hartmut Rosa, mobility no longer refers to space but to the time required to travel across that space. The ever-present display systems at train stations tend to reinforce that very same perception of travel time as an objective, a measurable length of time, rather than a feeling wherein each duration is variable. This experimental project, led by artist-researchers at EnsadLab, aims at reintroducing a subjective relation to time and place at train stations by means of interactive hourglasses.

The ideal mobility for employee as seen by companies

Research participants : Geraldine Schmidt, Remi Bourguignon, Anne-Sophie Volz-Tollet

Work-related mobility (the leading reason for daily transit in France) structures contemporary lifestyles. How do companies, as key actors in the organization of labor both spatially and temporally, envision the ideal mobility for their employees? What influence will they have on the future of mobility? Discover the results of the survey Paris IAE did for the Mobile Lives Forum.

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).

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