that is preparing the transition to more desirable and sustainable lifestyles.
It oversees research, publishes works,
and organizes events for the arts and sciences.
For several years now, autonomous vehicles, also called self-driving vehicles, have been greeted with extraordinary enthusiasm. They are presented as the future of motorized mobility, whether in terms of safety, services or ecology, and [...]
The first definitions of mobility
The term mobility appeared in German, English and French dictionaries in the 18th century to evoke mental agility and thus the ability to change. The Dictionnaire de l’Académie Française (official [...]
Manuel de sociologie des mobilités géographiques, by Leslie Belton-Chevalier, Nicolas Oppenchaim and Stéphanie Vincent
While mobility in all its forms has been the subject of an increasing amount of research over the past twenty years, this handbook provides a synthetic overview of the work devoted to spatial mobilities and offers a sociological definition [...]
At a time when companies and governments are focusing all their energy on innovation, autonomous vehicles seem to embody the quintessential breakthrough that promises to revolutionize the future of automobility. Throughout the world, all [...]
Thanks to new “remote” practices enabled by the development of telework and online shopping, we can perform our activities in a greater variety of locations and many trips that were previously necessary are now avoidable. But the [...]
The image of the “homeless person” is associated with the older figure of the wandering vagrant. In reality, “homeless” is a generic term that doesn’t reflect the growing diversity of situations today and that are the result of evolving [...]
Perhaps one of the few good news of the 2020s is that climate denial is on its way out. In most of Europe, it has become hard to find public figures or organisations that outright deny the reality of human-made climate change. The bad news [...]
Mobilities: the French government has to back up its environmental ambitions with the means to achieve them
In the field of transport, the ecological transition is inadequate to meet the challenge set by the targets. An ambitious planning policy must cover all areas related to our travels: work, health, education and land management.
Transport is responsible for 30% of greenhouse gas emissions in France, and this figure is constantly increasing. Technological innovations and the push for a “modal shift” aren’t enough to compensate for the increasing number of [...]
No longer deciding where you live based on where you work – that is the choice made by digital nomads, the traveling workers of the 21st century. With a reliance on information and communication technologies (ICTs), their geographic and [...]
In recent years, takeaway delivery has exploded, in a context where consumer practices are changing, last-mile logistics are being reorganized and environmental issues are growing. Many freelance delivery riders have jumped on the [...]
In 2018, the Mobile Lives Forum launched a day-long workshop on people’s desire to slow down, a desire that came to light in the international survey on aspirations for mobility and lifestyles. The findings we are publishing here take on a [...]
Going out in the public space, moving, stopping, showing themselves: the mobility strategies of women in Algiers
Although Algeria’s urban space is governed by gender norms, women are certainly present and their use of public space is constantly evolving. Far from the clichés that confine them to the domestic sphere, their use of the city is complex: [...]
Business travellers planning to cut future flights, poll finds
Most business travellers in the UK will take fewer flights than they used to, according to a poll, thanks to increased use of video conferencing. Only a third expected to return to the same level of flying as before the coronavirus pandemic, once travel restrictions are lifted.
Cycling is ten times more important than electric cars for reaching net-zero cities
Globally, only one in 50 new cars were fully electric in 2020, and one in 14 in the UK. Sounds impressive, but even if all new cars were electric now, it would still take 15-20 years to replace the world’s fossil fuel car fleet.
Private planes, mansions and superyachts: What gives billionaires like Musk and Abramovich such a massive carbon footprint
Tesla’s Elon Musk and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos have been vying for the world’s richest person ranking all year after the former’s wealth soared a staggering US$160 billion in 2020, putting him briefly in the top spot. Musk isn’t alone in seeing a significant increase in wealth during a year of pandemic, recession and death. Altogether, the world’s billionaires saw their wealth surge over $1.9 trillion in 2020, according to Forbes. Those are astronomical numbers, and it’s hard to get one’s head around them without some context. As anthropologists who study energy and consumer culture, we wanted to examine how all that wealth translated into consumption and the resulting carbon footprint.