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Mobile urban lives: continuity, evolution and security in a changing world

Call for papers

Call for papers for the Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute for British Geographers, 3rd - 5th July 2012, Edinburgh

Various forms of mobility – involving people, objects, information and ideas – are now ingrained in the social fabric and everyday practices of urban business and social lives. Yet these practices are increasingly being unsettled by challenges including (but not limited to): straining infrastructures; by the need to lower the carbon impact of mobility; and by increasing social inequalities.In this context, the proposed session seeks to create a dialogue about two fundamental issues associated with the future of forms of urban mobility.

First, the organisers seek to further unpick the multiple ways that different forms of mobility, through their interdependencies, are ingrained in everyday business and social life in different cities and the implications of this ingraining for changes to mobility that may occur/be necessary in the future.

Second, they seek to explore how alternative mobilities, whether that be modal shift to low carbon forms of transport, immobility, or the adoption of unconventional mobility practices, might be conceptualised, studied and/or achieved. Cutting across both of these themes are the inherent questions of the geographical specificity of mobility practices and futures at the level of cities and social groups.

Potential topics that papers may address include:

  • The role of mobility in everyday life in/between cities for different social groups and the implications of uncertain mobility futures
  • The experience of mobility and different transport systems and the implications for modal shift and the adoption of low carbon mobility systems
  • Theoretical conceptualisations of mobility systems and their embedding in urban ways of being
  • Mobility futures and the social and technological transitions needed in the context of current societal challenges
  • The present and future governance of urban mobility and mobility transitions
  • The role of technologies in negotiating or constraining everyday urban lives
  • Research methodologies allowing understanding of the practices and spatialities of everyday urban mobilities

Anyone interested in presenting a paper in this session should send an abstract to the session organisers James Faulconbridge (Lancaster University) and Lesley Murray (Brighton University) by 15th January 2012

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