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British sociologist John Urry (1946-2016) was Distinguished Professor at Lancaster University and co-founder and director of the Centre for Mobilities Research from 2004 to 2015. Since the mid 1990s he advocated a shift in the focus of sociology from the study of a-spatial social structures to the study of mobilities. This approach was developed in books such as Sociology Beyond Societies and Mobilities.
The value of time in the transport economy corresponds to how willing people are to pay, in order to save time. It offers an explanation of the choices people make between different modes of transport after weighing up the financial versus time costs. It is also used to plan and to financially justify a choice of investments made on the basis of time saved by the new infrastructure.
Reversible mobilities are forms of specific movement made possible by rapid transport network systems. They are made over long distances, with outward and return journeys that are undertaken closely together in time. They are also limited in terms of social mobility and their relationship with otherness.
Born in 1938, Michel Bassand is a Swiss sociologist. He was successively a professor at the Université de Genève and at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). A specialist in urban issues, he was responsible for a highly-original theory of mobility as a completely social phenomenon, whose different expressions form a complete system.