Mobiles for Mobility- a Reflection and Proposal
Start date : 12 February 2019 14:30
End date : 12 February 2019 16:00
Where : Lancaster | Royaume-Uni
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‘My previous research on mobility has focused on how transport policies impact on social in/exclusion, with a particular interest in the mobilities of the carless. An early project explored how demand-responsive transport revealed latent mobility demand in areas of under-provision, and developed a three-part theoretical framework (Cass, Shove & Urry 2004) that suggested that “[Transport-related] Socio-spatial inclusion or exclusion is not predictable a priori, being “an emergent property of the interaction between social practice and obligation, individual resources and physical infrastructure” (Cass, Shove & Urry, 2003, p. 28)”. Together with CeMoRe visitor Katharina Manderscheid, we suggested that mobilities studies should challenge the discursive and cultural links between automobility and freedom that lie behind its power to shape society’s time-spaces of practice, and to instead focus on developing a new mobility imaginary and system that facilitates autonomy and flourishing within the constraints imposed by radical sustainability. We called this ‘autono-mobility’ and I developed the concept through a CeMoRe international workshop. Subsequent research on the Disruptions project and in the DEMAND Centre developed a practice understanding of everyday performances of mobility, as being held together by ‘non-rational’ factors such the satisfactions gained from integrating other practices into travel, or the functionality of tying together geographies and time-spaces of other valued practices. I would like to use to colloquium to tie these insights to my present work on the Mobile-Age project, which co-created a mobile app service with older people in rural UK to help them maintain social connectedness, and to get feedback on ideas for a research proposal that would examine how mobile ICT and demand-responsive transport of different types can and might facilitate the mobile needs of the carless and/or socially excluded, in environmentally and socially beneficial ways.’
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