July, 2012

new publication – liberal states and the freedom of movement

Liberal States and the Freedom of Movement. Selective Borders, Unequal Mobility

Steffen Mau, Heike Brabandt, Lena Laube and Christof Roos

May 2012
Hardback £57.50
Available as ebook

State borders are seen as institutions that regulate cross-border mobility and determine peoples’
chances to travel, work, and study across the globe. This book looks at how global mobility is defined
and regulated by theborders of liberal states. The central question is whether borders have become
more permissive or more restrictive. In examining border-regime change over the past forty years, the
authors find that chances for mobility are increasingly unequal. The new border arrangements define
ever greater freedom of mobility for some groups and heavily restrict mobility for others. The authors
assess changes in the selectivity of border policies over time and the different means by which such
selectivity is enforced.

Nation-State Building and the Regulation of Mobility
Globalization and the Challenge of Mobility
Visa Policies and the Regulation of Territorial Access
The Spatial Flexibilization of Border Control
Internationalization of Border Policies
Varieties of Border Policies
New Control and Selectivity Arrangements

call for papers – sustainable mobilities in peri-urban areas, 24-25 January 2013

Call for Papers for the Mobile Lives Forum’s 2nd International Meetings
at the Maison Rouge
January 24-25, 2013

 Sustainable mobilities in peri-urban areas?
What lifestyles in the alter-urban/suburban rural/citta diffusa/Zwischenstadt?

In the past forty years, peri-urban areas have gradually become a major reference in urban life. Urban sprawl and fragmentation, car-dependent lifestyles and an intermittent relationship, if any, with dense urban spaces and new peripheral centralities result in a two-fold dynamic of both spatial dispersion and densification of intermediary spaces. Peri-urban areas are taking over, as much in their spatial scope as in their discourse on metropolization and metropolitan systems. In fact, peri-urban life has imposed its rules, norms and practices (methods and places of consumption, mobility constraints, social and family benchmarks, ways of living, political expression, forms of governance and social/cultural production).

We cannot curb urban dilution simply by stating principles of “sustainability” and expect an increase in the energy cost of travel. Such is the reason for the renewed interest in research on the nature and meaning of these peri-urban spaces – probably both as regards the question of its “sustainability” and/or “supportability,” but also, through the diversification of its forms, the practices that are developing and the processes that create tensions in these spaces and cause them to change rapidly.
In this global context, aren’t the clichés about the peri-urban as a “non-place,” anti-urban or merely an endless periphery subjected to a caricatured view of the formlessness and general uniformity somewhat outmoded?

Among the evolutionary processes at work, social and economic change are not the least; the decline of the working class, gentrification vs. pauperization, aging, unemployment, increasing social bias (the club effect and/or diversification of social and generational strata) in part guided by real estate and land price dynamics. These social tensions would affect especially residential parts of peri-urban areas, solidifying and anchoring inequalities, challenging their ability to change.

This call for papers lies in the field of social change and peri-urban lifestyles and lifestyles in peri-urban areas, especially as observed through the prism of mobilities and through examples from around the world, North and South countries alike. The five themes are as follows:

Theme 1: Residential choices and mobility choices at different stages of life

How are choices made between residential choice and mobility choices? Do they strengthen inequalities and segregation? What is the relative importance of social reproduction logics and new polarizations? Are even the remotest peri-urban areas merely absorbent residential peripheries? What are the impacts of the following on space:
-the life courses of households’ (divorce, co-habitation, single-parent families, etc.),
-the experience of adolescence,
-leaving home (the children of ex-urbans who choose to settle in the surrounding spaces that feed the peri-urban, etc.),
-the growing role of retirees who choose to relocate to large towns or small cities of this space they have come to know and where they are known?
How do lifestyles adapt to the specificities of these areas (strategies, tactics and gradual adjustments)?
Theme 2: Accessibility and residential choice

What role does accessibility play in residential choice? Do not mobility practices indicate not only the adjustments and reshuffling of home-work commutes, but most likely of non-work related trips as well (leisure activities, the relationship to nature and landscapes, social ties, local involvement, etc.), based on differences in access, the modes of transportation used and travel distances? What is the impact of this reshuffling/reconfigurations on job opportunities and services? Are we seeing an increase in peri-urban centralities, in areas of “diffused” proximity, or even the emergence of temporary micro-centralities (markets, stalls, etc.) leading to new forms of mobility?
Theme 3: Peri-urban lifestyles and energy resources

How does this “homoperiurbanus” react to the risk of depletion of energy resources and the rising costs of accessing them? Is automobile “weaning” possible in this spaces that have been designed and organized for them first and foremost? What differences do we see across social groups or income levels? More particularly, do the poorest develop strategies and/or specific tactics to cope with the rising cost of energy? We must move closer to the everydayness expressed in these low-density and/or dispersed density areas that must cope with the constraints imposed by our changing relationship to energy and the environment, the economic difficulties of the times and public orders and regulations.
Theme 4: The peri-urban and spatial diversity

Don’t the “high places” of peri-urbanity, where practices, social ties and anchorage are grounded give meaning and value to these spaces? In short, do they not create another, more complex and much more exciting image of peri-urban areas, in addition to and not only in competition with the compact and diverse city? From spatial comfort, won’t these spaces ultimately acquire social comfort through their diversification? Doesn’t every peri-urban space – depending on its substratum, job market, landscape qualities and public transportation service – become part of a renewed dynamic of change and reconfiguration at times still diffuse?
Theme 5: The peri-urban and lifestyle diversity

Are modal choices so limited because of car use? What roles can information and communication technologies play in ways of living in and making the peri-urban? Logics of distance combined with the effects of networks, images and localized public policy profoundly rearrange this hybrid fabric on bases that are less and less reliant on a solely center-periphery logic. It seems that the activities schedules of these individuals fit into this increasingly complex and diversified spatial configuration, in which the workplace no longer plays such a central role. What ties do the inhabitants of these diffuse urban areas have with their homes? How do the effects of gender, age and social position play on this social anchorage?
Summaries of the proposals (700-1000 characters) must be sent before September 7, 2012 to

Each proposal should state the chosen theme.

new publication – daily spatial mobilities, Aharon Kellerman

Daily Spatial Mobilities. Physical and Virtual

Aharon Kellerman, University of Haifa and Zefat Academic College, Israel

July 2012
252 pages

Outlining his argument for daily spatial mobility, author Aharon Kellerman focuses on needs and triggers for daily mobilities, on levels of personal mobility and personal autonomy in daily mobilities and on potential mobilities leading to practiced ones. The concept is further explored using three major types of daily mobility, terrestrial, virtual and aerial and three major spatial elements; urban spatial reorganization in the information age, mobility terminals, namely bus, metro, and railway stations as well as airports, and global opportunities through daily mobilities, notably for users of the Internet.

Contents: Preface; Introduction; Part I Roots and Nature of Daily Spatial Mobilities: Needs and triggers for daily spatial mobilities; Personal mobility and personal autonomy; Potential mobilities; Mobility or mobilities? Part II Daily Mobility Types: Terrestrial daily mobilities; Virtual daily mobilities; Aerial business travel. Part III Spatial Implications: Urban spatial reorganization; Terminals; Opportunities through daily virtual mobilities; Conclusion; References; Index.

new publication – cycling and sustainability

Cycling and Sustainability

Editor: John Parkin
Series: Transport and Sustainability v. 1
Series Editors: Stephen Ison and Jon Shaw
Format: Hardback
Publication date: 29 May 2012
ISBN: 9781780522982
ISSN: 2044-9941
Price: £67.95/€97.95/$124.95

Cycling and Sustainability explores the reasons for difficulties in making cycling mainstream in many cultures,
despite its
claims for being one of the most sustainable forms of transport. The topic is looked at from the varying
perspectives of people, the environment and the economy with multi-disciplinary contributions.

Introduction, John Parkin (London South Bank University, UK),

Cycling Cultures in Northern Europe: From “Golden Age” to “Renaissance”, Trine Agervig Carstensen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and Anne-Katrin Ebert (Technisches Museum
Wien, Austria)

Women cycling through the life course: an Australian case study, Jennifer Bonham and Anne Wilson (University of Adelaide, Australia)

The role of advocacy and activism, Rachel Aldred (University of East London, UK)

Cycling, urban form, and cities: what do we know and how should we respond?, Kevin Krizek (University of Colorado, USA)

Network planning and infrastructure design, John Parkin (London South Bank University, UK) and
Glen Koorey (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)

Evolution of urban bicycle transport policy in China, Pan Haixiao (Tongji University, China)

Cycling in developing countries: context, challenges and policy relevant research, Mark Brussel and Mark Zuidgeest (University of Twente, The Netherlands)

Understanding and Promoting Bicycle Use – Insights from Psychological Research, Sebastian Bamberg (University of Applied Science, Bielefeld, Germany)

The benefits of cycling: Viewing cyclists as travellers rather than non-motorists, Maria Börjesson and Jonas Eliasson (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)

Private interventions in a public service: an analysis of bike sharing schemes, Benoît Beroud (Mobiped Consultancy, France) and Esther Anaya (Bicycle Mobility Consultant, Spain)

Conclusion: Towards a revolution in cycling, Dave Horton (Sociologist and Writer, UK) and John Parkin
(London South Bank University, UK)

For more information about this volume and all of our Transport titles please visit:

Call for Papers – special issue New Scholar on Belonging

Call for Papers: Volume 2 Number 2 The Belonging Project/The Belonging Issue

 As an integral part of human experience, ‘belonging’ is a ubiquitous concept in many areas of the humanities and social sciences and beyond. This is increasingly the case in the contemporary contexts of globalization, trans-nationalism, and the emergence of the network society, which have imbued issues of belonging with a renewed emphasis and increased urgency. Yet, as important as the concept of belonging is to discourses on migration, citizenship, community and wellbeing, among others, it is rarely defined or interrogated at length. While such ambiguity and elasticity is no doubt part of belonging’s efficacy as a concept, it nonetheless veils the complexities of processes and experiences of belonging/not belonging.

Following a successful interdisciplinary workshop and symposium on belonging, the organizers of the Belonging Project, an initiative by interdisciplinary researchers from Melbourne, are now calling for submissions for a special issue of New Scholar. This special issue will showcase innovative research across disciplines that critically engages with the concept of belonging and the ways in which it is deployed and understood in academic discourses, with a view to examining the challenges and ambiguities embedded in the concept.

Submissions might address (but need not be limited to) the following themes:

•Structures and processes of belonging
•Moving past the belonging/not-belonging dichotomy
•Belonging beyond identity
•Technology, communication and belonging
•Scales of belonging, e.g., local, national, transnational
•Belonging and intersectionality
•Memory and belonging
•Place and belonging
•Mobility and belonging
•Agency and belonging
•Indigenous belonging
•Migrancy, transnationalism, and belonging
•Hybridity and belonging
•Language, culture and belonging
Submissions should be uploaded to by August 14, 2012

Please see the New Scholar website for updated guidelines for authors. Please address all inquiries (but not submissions) to Caitlin Nunn, Nadia Niaz, Karen Schamberger and Gillian Darcy at