Mobile Network

 

Seminar series

The Seminars will consider the current and probable future patterns of social life and communication developing through the next century, and the role physical travel will (and should) play in sustaining and developing those patterns. In particular, the seminar series will various economic, technological, social and political changes are transforming the significance and development of different forms of mobility.. The organisers of the seminar series are John Urry, Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University and Frances Hodgson, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds.

All enquiries should be addressed to: Frances Hodgson, tel: +44 113 3431793.

The seven planned Seminars are as follows:

  1. The changing economic, social and political context of different modes of transportation

  2. The impact of new communications technologies upon the nature of physical transportation systems

  3. The importance of rights to travel versus rights to a sustainable environment within emerging forms of contemporary citizenship

  4. The impact of different modes of mobility upon the nature of social capital within different ‘communities’

  5. The pleasures of different modes of travel – especially speed and slowness – and the social and cultural processes which reinforce such pleasures

  6. Transport and space: looking at the relationship between transport systems, urban form and neighbourhood and communities;

  7. Future developments of transport systems, especially in the light of technological, economic and cultural changes.

Background Papers

Title

Format

Authors

Seminar 1

Mobility and Proximity

MSWord

Professor John Urry

The social implications of hypermobility

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Prof. John Adams, Department of Geography, UCL

Short Version

Full version of above (starting at page 95).

Daily Motorised Mobility

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Report prepared for ECMT 102nd Round Table,Peter Jones

Mobility network Seminar 27th Sept 01 Note

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Seminar 2

http://www.geocities.com/allinonespot/grieco/open.html

HTML

Professor Grieco

http://www.geocities.com/transport_and_society/stellansf.html

HTML

Professor Grieco

Social networks and travel behaviour

MSPowerpoint

Professor Kay Axhausen

Using Technology to Overcome the Tyranny of Space

RTF

Professor Julian Hine

Translink (3.61MB)

MSPowerpoint

David Laird

Mobile Publics

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Dr Mimi Sheller

Transport Data Access Issues

PDF

Professor Marcus Wigan

http://www.geocities.com/moorparkexploreclub/cambridge.html

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Margaret Wright and Sharon MacInnes,
Moor Park Community Group

Seminar 3

Downtowns and Pleasure Zones in the Canadian World City

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Professor Steve
Shaw.

Creativity and Conflict: Cultural Tourism London's City Fringe

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Professor Steve
Shaw.

Locating consensus: living with power

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Dr Tim Richardson and Stephen Connelly

Discourses of mobility and polycentric development: A contested view of European
spatial planning

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Dr Tim Richardson and Ole B Jensen

Oxford Air Transport Course

RTF

Prof Callum Thomas

Sustainable mobility and regional development

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Prof Callum Thomas




The 4th seminar in the series will be on Mobilities, social capital and 'communities'. It will be held on the 4th September at the Department for Transport.

Transport and social exclusion in London

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A Church, M Frost, K Sullivan

Transport policy and social exclusion in London this paper is also available at the Transport Policy website

HyperLink


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Rushing around: coordination, mobility and inequity

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Elizabeth Shove

http://www.cabinet-office.gov.uk/seu/

HyperLink

Social exclusion unit link

www.mobility-unit.dft.gov.uk/index.htm[Opens new window]

HyperLink

Mobility and inclusion unit

http://www.geocities.com/transport_research/socexclu0.htm

HyperLink

Jeff Turner

Its still being done to people: progress and challenges in social exclusionand transport

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Jeff Turner

Impacts of Road User Charging / Workplace Parking Levy on Social Inclusion / Exclusion: Gender, Ethnicity and Lifecycle Issues[ Opens new window]

HyperLink

Fiona RajÚ

The 5th seminar in the series will be on The pleasure of travel. It will be held on the 6th December at Bristol University.

Telecommunications and the speed of social bargaining: the death of power distance

HyperLink

Professor Margaret Grieco

Persuading people out of their cars

HyperLink

Prof Steve Stradling

'Mirror, signal, manoeuvre': assembling and governing the motorway driver in late fifties Britain (draft)

MSWord

Dr. Peter Merriman

Automotive Emotion: Sensual Velocities and the Ethics of Car Consumption

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Mimi Sheller

DRIVING IN THE CITY

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Prof Nigel Thrift

Title Slides for presentation at 5th Seminar

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Frances Hodgson

The 6th seminar

Linking discourse and space: towards a cultural sociology of space in analysing spatial policy discourses.

MSWord Tim Richardson and Ole B Jensen

Being on the map: the new iconographies of power over

MSWord Ole B Jensen and Tim Richardson

The 7th seminar

Reducing the need to travel MSPowerPoint Professor David Banister
The 'system' of automobility MSWord Professor John Urry

Seminar dates

The seminar series starts on June 2001 and will finish on March 31st 2003. The first seminar will be held in September 2001, hosted by Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. Other seminars will be held in Lancaster, Bristol, Manchester, London and Edinburgh to encourage greater participation, particularly by research students. Further dates and venues to follow.

Who is involved?

The Seminars will have a ‘core’ membership of around 10-15 participants from the MOBILE NETWORK (see below) with a number of invited guests from the academic, industrial and the policy world attending particular Seminars. The maximum number of participants in any one seminar will be around 20.

We will also ensure that participants in each Seminar cover a range of senior and more junior colleagues and intend to invite those who have an interest in the particular area under discussion. The MOBILE NETWORK already contains early-career academics but we would also hope to collaborate with the Transport Visions Network at Southampton University.

Research users

The Mobile Network will form an interactive partnership with users of research findings and resources. The participants in the seminar series will use their existing extensive contacts with users of research to invite interested parties to the seminars. We will also work to ensure representation from socially excluded and transport users groups at appropriate seminars. We intend to invite the users that we think are most appropriate to the seminar topic. In addition we will inform the user groups of the seminar series and invite them to keep abreast of the discussions and to comment on those discussions using the web site. We also intend to invite the DETR to host one of the seminars at their offices in London.

How are they organised?

Each seminar will last a day and include an opportunity for informal discussion over lunch and afterwards. Prior to each seminar the organisers, in collaboration with the invited guests, will prepare multi-media based background material which will be placed on the web site to be read in advance of the seminars by the seminar participants.

Facilitators and rapporteurs will be appointed for each and summaries of the seminar debates will be placed on the WEB so that the material becomes immediately available to participants and to others with whom contacts are made in the UK and abroad. We will also publish more formally in journal special editions.