People, Companies, Systems and Vehicles
Aharon Kellerman, University of Haifa, Israel

‘As the Internet revolution continues to reverberate through the globaleconomy and daily life, urban life has become progressively more constituted around digital transactions. Kellerman has long been one of the most astute observers of this transformation. This volume not only coversthe basics of how cyberspace has become woven into the contemporaryworld, such as cell phones and digital divides, it also breaks new ground byaddressing topics that have received scant attention, such as autonomous vehicles. It offers a fecund series of insights into how people, firms, and places have been restructured bythe ever-growing use of digital technologies. This volume will be useful to students and faculty alike, and of interest to anyone interested in how cyberspace and the analogue world have become shot through with each other.’– Barney Warf, University of Kansas, USTHE INTERNET CITY

As the Internet develops, on top of earlier urban communications, facilities and media, it is becoming the site of urban communications on an unprecedented scale. Exploring the history of the Internet, from preconception to the possibilities of an Internet-based future, The Internet City explores ways in which the Internet and urban life intersect.

The book interprets how the contemporary city is becoming fully based on Internet technologies in all of its major dimensions: the daily activities of urbanites and urban companies, the operations of urbansystems, and the functioning of upcoming driverless vehicles. With particular focus on the ways in which people routinely consume urban services via the Internet, Aharon Kellerman examines how they are simultaneously present in physical and digital spaces.
Urban geographers and urban planners will benefit from the detailed information on how the cityscape will be altered in the near future by the introduction of Internet-based autonomous vehicles. City policymakers will also find this a useful tool to explore how and why policies may need to be updated in accordance with the rising importance of the Internet in the urban sphere.

Contents: PART I URBAN CONNECTIVITY AND INFORMATIONAL ACTIVITIES 1. Introduction 2. Pre-Internet urban connectivity and informational activities 3. The Internet PART II URBAN INTERNET APPLICATIONS 4. The Internet for Individual users 5. The dual-space society 6. The Internet and companies 7. The Internet for urban systems 8. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) and the Internet PART III IMPLICATIONS OF URBAN INTERNET APPLICATIONS 9. Urban perspectives for the Internet-based city 10. Conclusion Index

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The Growth of the E-bike
Dennis Zuev

In this concise book, Dennis Zuev succeeds in addressing a series of interlinked, urgent questions to do with mobility, sustainability, classURBAN MOBILITY IN MODERN CHINA and urban planning, while also providing a fascinating ethnographic snapshot of the fast changing character of urban life in contemporary China. Engagingly written in a lively style, the book can be read in an afternoon, but it lingers on.
Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo

Based on solid empirical investigation, Zuev offers us a comprehensive view of the social, cultural and political contexts in which China’s e-bike thrives and develops, despite sporadic resistance from governments, users and by-standers.
Julie Yu-Wen Chen, Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Helsinki

The incredibly rapid, top to bottom transformations, are taking place in China today present a major problem for social scientific analysis. However, Dennis Zuev’s multi-method focus on one urban mobility technology — two-wheeled electric vehicles used by 200 million people — provides clear and deep insights into society-wide changes that go far beyond the nation’s low-carbon policies. Well-Illustrated, clearly written and with thick descriptions, Electric Mobility in China, is a much-needed addition to the literatures on socio-cultural and political transformations in China as well as changing urban mobility systems around the world.
Jerome Krase, Emeritus and Murray Koppleman Professor, Brooklyn College CUNY. is author of Seeing Cities Change: Local Culture and Class (Routledge)

The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes

The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes

Mobility Justice

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The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes
by Mimi Sheller


“In this wide-ranging book, Mimi Sheller provides a lucid map linking struggles on diverse spatial scales. Sheller shows how the fight for mobility justice can forge connections across scales and between social movements. Essential reading for anyone looking to build solidarities in our all too fragmented and crisis-ridden world.”
Ashley Dawson, author of Extreme Cities

“How people and materials move around our globalised planet is central to our intensifying environmental crises, pollution crises and increasingly murderous refugee crises. And yet mobilities are still often partitioned off as the technical and depoliticised stuff of engineers. This brilliant book should change this once and for all. A brilliant and searing exposé of the politics of movement and mobility, Mobility Justice forces questions of social and racial justice to the heart of debates about migration, transportation, smart cities, militarising borders, and planetary ecology. A unique and pivotal book.”
Stephen Graham, author of Vertical

“The essential field guide to the politics of mobility from the policing of racialized bodies to the impact of movement on climate change. Sheller articulates the urgency of both understanding, and acting on, the ways we move in order to imagine and articulate a better world.”
Tim Cresswell, author of On the Move: Mobility in the Modern Western World

Table of Contents
Introduction: The Triple Crisis
Chapter 1: What Is Mobility Justice?
Chapter 2: Bodily Moves and Racial Justice
Chapter 3: Beyond Automobility and Transport Justice
Chapter 4: Smart Cities and Infrastructural Justice
Chapter 5: Mobile Borders and Migrant Justice
Chapter 6: Planetary Ecologies and Climate Justice
Conclusion: The Mobile Commons
Principles of Mobility Justice


About the Author
Mimi Sheller is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University. She is the author of Democracy after Slavery, Consuming the Caribbean, Citizenship from Below, and Aluminum Dreams.


32 Researchers Honouring John Urry in a New Book

32 Researchers Honouring John Urry in a New Book

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For more than two years Mimi Sheller, Ole B. Jensen and Sven Kesselring have been working on the memorial book for the late John Urry. Now ‘Mobilities and Complexities’ is ready for pre-order and will be released in mid October. We are very happy and also proud of this project. It was only possible through a wonderful, unique and inspiring collaboration with almost 40 scholars, friends and academic companions who worked together with John throughout his long and lasting career. The book collects personal essays that document the enourmous impact of John and his work on the scientific community. It is available as hardcover and paperback.

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The new mobilities paradigm (Sheller, Urry 2006) has become a powerful perspective in social theory. In particular, John Urry’s oeuvre has been very influential in the emergence of this new field and has had lasting impacts on many scholars, their thinking and researching on mobilities and modernities. This collection presents originally commissioned essays from leading scholars in the field who reflect on how Urry’s writing influenced their thinking and the course of their research and theorizing. The contributors represent several national contexts, including England, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Taiwan, Brazil, Canada, Australia and the USA.

Check out this flyer for further information and list of content and contributors: Mobilities and Complexities_FLYER

Call for papers / International Conference of Mobilities, Health, Wellbeing and Tourism

Call for papers / International Conference of Mobilities, Health, Wellbeing and Tourism

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Photographer: Dorte Fjalland (

In collaboration with the Cosmobilities Network, the School of Tourism Management at Sun Yat-sen University is hosting the International Conference on Mobilities, Health, Wellbeing and Tourism on November 30-December 2, 2018 in Guangzhou, China


The relations between mobilities and health have been considered to be a central feature of today’s global society (Gatrell, 2011). Too much movement has often been attributed to various illnesses including bodily disruptions such as seasickness and jet-lag as well as mental ill-health such as homesickness, phobias. However, travel is also seen as being ‘good for the soul’, part of quasi-spiritual quests to become more healthy in mind and body. Such human mobilities require healthy environments which are sustainable and resilient. Healthy mobilities need to be major goals for policies aiming at sustainable and liveable cities and environments.

In the context, the School of Tourism Management at Sun Yat-sen University will be hosting the International Conference of Mobilities, Health, Wellbeing and Tourism. The conference will invite scholars studying mobilities, health, wellbeing and tourism from universities in Asia, Europe and North America to share new ideas, new approaches and new trends in mobilities and health research. The issues on the relationship between different types of mobilities and health as well as its research status, development trends, opportunities and challenges will be discussed; and it is hoped that through this exchange platform, a good academic sharing and cooperation could be established, and a large number of young scholars will be trained and brought up to promote China’s tourism research to the world level.

Conference themes and issues

The conference covers, but is not limited to the following related issues:

1. Healthy environments, sustainability and resilience

2. Mental health and mobility disruptions

3. Wellness tourism and travel

4. Healthy/unhealthy food mobilities

5. Lifestyle mobilities and the care of the self

6. Health practices of walking, running, swimming

7. Mobile embodiment of sickness and phobias

8. Mobile social work practices

9. Health relations with non-human mobilities

10. Medicalisation and mobilities of health care

11. Smart health technologies and mobilities

12. Mobilities and care in later life

13. Disease and immobilities

14. Human trafficking and health

15. Human health machine assemblage

16. Waste mobilities

17. Positive aging and mobilities

18. Health, mobilities and urban planning

Process – Call for papers

Deadline of Abstract submission: 30 Sep. 2018. There will be no more 250 words in one abstract, and the abstract should be submitted to the e-mail address: Mail subject should be marked ‘Mobilities and health International Symposium + institution +name’

The Committee will review the abstract submissions and notify the acceptance to authors before 15 Oct. 2018 .

After the review of the abstract, at least one author must register and attend the meeting.

Scientific committee

Prof. Bao Jigang, the School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University

Prof. Justin Spinney, Cardiff University

Prof. Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, Roskilde University

Prof. Sven Kesselring, Nurtingen-Geislingen University

Prof. Zhang Jun E, the School of Nursing, Sun Yat-sen University

Prof. Zhou Suhong, the School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-sen University

Conference Chair

Prof. Xu Honggang, the School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University

Prof. Kevin Hannam

See conference details here 



Ke Wang

Tel: +86 13750012259


Address: The School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University. No.135, Xin Gang Xi Road, 510275, Guangzhou, P. R. China