Mobil'Homme is a spin-off of the EPFL's Urban Sociology Laboratory. Created in 2015 by three enthusiastic researchers- – Vincent Kaufmann, Emmanuel Ravalet et Stéphanie Vincent- it offers consulting, expertise and studies on issues related to mobility, territory and housing. Drawing on the expertise of its founders, Mobil'Homme approaches mobility as key way to understanding contemporary spatial, economic, social and environmental dynamics.
Mouvances is a french association specialized in providing training and support to public, private, and non-profit stakeholders (elected and non-elected officials, public employment agencies, associations, etc.) around issues related to territorial mobility.
The project, entitled Motility for Professional Integration , aims to bring together research by the team of Vincent Kaufmann on an individual’s potential for mobility (also known as motility) and fieldwork lead by Mouvances.
For many years, both have been working on the individual factors that influence mobility (access, skills, personal projects), Kaufmann in an academic context and Mouvances in the field of social integration.
Beyond the complimentary expertise that will benefit both organizations, this collaboration is an opportunity for the Forum to venture into academic research on motility, creating research tools that will serve the operational needs of political actors of change.
Every person, every group can be characterised by greater or lesser propensities for moving around a geographic, economic and social space. “Motility” has been the name given to these aptitudes, a reference to the use of this term in biology.