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Im|mobile lives in turbulent times: Methods and Practices of Mobilities Research.

Thursday July 9th and Friday July 10th 2020

At Northumbria University, Newcastle Business School, City Campus East, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8S .

This is an interdisciplinary, creative and experimental collaboration between Newcastle Business School, Northumbria NBS Tourism (MOS)

with MFRN (Mobilities Research Network), the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Northumbria University

and the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) Lancaster University.

Our aim is to offer a platform through which developments and insights of multi-modal methodologies can be applied to a range of interests,

geographical contexts and experiences. We invite contributors from any discipline, including social sciences and the arts,

digital design and technology, medicine, psychology, urban planning and business innovation.

Information about themes and registration please check out the link below.

Please, submit your abstract of maximum 300 words for consideration either via the website or send to by December 18th 2019. Acceptance confirmation January 14th 2020.

We are really looking forward to seeing you all!



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.