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RESEARCH NOTES

Yellow vests and mobility crisis: what did the “True” and the “Great” Debates lead to?

Mobile Lives Forum, Antoine Lévêque, Marc Antoine Messer, David Moreau, Christophe Parnet, Stephan Utz, Vincent Ventresque

03/07/2020

With the Yellow Vests movement that exploded in France during the winter of 2018/2019, the question of travel in people’s lifestyles and the need to better understand their mobility in order to design efficient public policies was unexpectedly brought to the fore in the public debate. With a commitment to pursuing research related to current events and the social reality of mobility, we wanted to conduct a series of exploratory research projects to report on these matters and ensure that we fully understand the lifestyles and systems that caused the discontent and desires exposed by these movements.

Thematics : Lifestyles, Policies

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Rural mobility during the lockdown

Aurore Flipo, Nicolas Senil

24/06/2020

The lockdown and its strict restrictions on people’s movements led many French people to live and organize themselves differently, especially in rural areas where mobility is a crucial resource. This study, which is part of a larger project, aimed to understand the impact of this unprecedented situation. How did people in rural areas experience this restriction of their movements? Did the lockdown foster the emergence of new aspirations in terms of rhythms of life and mobility, as it did for people living in cities?

Thematics : Lifestyles

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France’s National Low-Carbon Strategy: Can it work without slowing down?

Aurélien Bigo

18/06/2020

In order to become carbon neutral by 2050, France has adopted an ambitious roadmap that concerns all sectors of the economy. Of particular importance is passenger transport since the National Low Carbon Strategy (SNBC, for Stratégie nationale bas-carbone) aims to make it almost entirely carbon-free. Aurélien Bigo draws on the historical evolution of carbon emissions to assess the SNBC in light of the various prospective scenarios. He asks whether the government’s scenario can do without slowing down travel to properly address the urgency of the energy transition.

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Dialogue on mobility between F. Dureau, P. Lannoy, J.-P. Orfeuil and T. Ramadier. 2 : A multidisciplinary perspective

Françoise Dureau, Pierre Lannoy, Jean-Pierre Orfeuil, Thierry Ramadier

28/05/2020

In the second part of the round table held for the 16th edition of the MSFS symposium “Spatial Mobilities, Methodologies for Data Collection and Analysis,” Françoise Dureau, Pierre Lannoy, Jean-Pierre Orfeuil and Thierry Ramadier discussed, from the vantage point of their own specialty, how researchers from different scientific disciplines collaborate. What makes interdisciplinarity in mobilities research in France possible, and what are the obstacles?

Thematics : Theories

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Dialogue on mobility between F. Dureau, P. Lannoy, J.-P. Orfeuil and T. Ramadier. 1 : The origins of a field

Françoise Dureau, Pierre Lannoy, Jean-Pierre Orfeuil, Thierry Ramadier

28/05/2020

As part of the 16th edition of the MSFS symposium “Spatial Mobilities, Methodologies for Data Collection and Analysis,” four experts (Françoise Dureau, Pierre Lannoy, Thierry Ramadier and Jean-Pierre Orfeuil) participated in a round table on the evolution of the field of spatial mobility . Coming from different backgrounds and adopting different theoretical perspectives, these researchers took a retrospective look at how mobility emerged as a research topic in their respective fields. The discussion shed new light on the disciplinary singularities and transdisciplinary developments shaping mobilities research.

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SOUTHERN DIARIES

Between neighbourhood life and access to the city: the successful integration of Medellín's favelas

Camille Reiss

30/09/2019

In Medellín, the informal neighbourhoods of the north were recognized in the early 1990s and have since been the subject of regeneration campaigns to integrate them into the city. One of the most emblematic projects is the Metrocable, which allows these old enclave neighborhoods to reach the city center. However, when we look more closely, we see that their inhabitants have strong local ties. The right to the city - or at least to access the city center - enabled by the cable car therefore appears to be only one component of a broader integration policy, aimed at developing local life and economy and reducing the need to move so much. So what if, faced with the injunction to mobility, the…

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Labor markets and circulation in India : new ways of life

Sébastien Michiels

21/02/2019

Although often studied as a homogenous phenomenon, migration practices are actually complex and multifaceted. Recognizing that migration takes many different forms was the underlying premise of this thesis. The purpose of this research was therefore to explore how structural changes have reshaped the organization of labor in India and how migratory practices adapt and readjust themselves to these new and evolving structures of the labor markets.

Thematics : Lifestyles, Policies, Theories

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The Rise of run-commuting

Simon Cook

07/02/2019

This research offered a geographical provocation in studying the use of running as a form of transport. Although rarely thought about in such terms, running is a surprisingly common and important contemporary mode of transport globally !

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Mototaxis in Lima: an example of a successful coexistence between paratransit and official transportation

Hugo Plas

22/11/2018

Lima, the capital of Peru, ranks among the 35 biggest urban areas in the world and is the fifth largest in Latin America. But this growth quickly put a stress on Lima’s urban systems, creating problems with transportation. While it will take decades to develop a public transportation network that spans the entire urban area, the mototaxi could - thanks to its adaptability - accompany this evolution.

Thematics : Lifestyles

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What Spaces for Highly Mobile People?

Bruna Vendemmia

29/10/2018

In recent years the availability of ICT and the diffusion of fast means of transport have radically changed mobility practices, reducing the impact of spatial distance on mobile people. This research aims to investigate spatial transformations arising from emerging mobility practices, and locates its theoretical background in the field of mobilities studies.

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Hanoi, a metamorphosis : from bicycles to motorbikes

Arve Hansen

17/09/2018

In order to understand contemporary mobilities, we must acknowledge the overwhelmingly widespread use of motorbikes in Southern countries, a surprisingly overlooked subject in the *mobilities turn*. Arve Hansen's thesis takes us to Vietnam, to the streets of Hanoi, the city of motorbikes.

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Technology and the family car: situating media use in family life

Chandrika Cycil

04/04/2018

Family life has seen a dramatic transformation with the infiltration of new technologies into homes and naturally into cars as families spend an increasing portion of time in their cars. The highly contextual nature of family technology calls for the need to study its use within sites of routine family life, but while attention has been paid to places of family life in the house such as kitchens and living rooms, the car has received far less attention.

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