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SOUTHERN DIARIES

Santiago's “Plurinational Cycling Revolution” - cycling as a tool for multiple demands

Matthieu Gillot, Patrick Rérat

02/02/2022

Cycling movements have multiplied in South America, particularly in Santiago de Chile, where their scope has brought together all kinds of demands: social, feminist and ecological. Matthieu Gillot and Patrick Rérat followed this "plurinational cycling revolution" which brings together several thousand people every week.

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NEW VOICES

The work of mobility, between parking lots and particles. The space-times of work under pressure

Meike Brodersen

06/12/2021

Within two mobile occupations - university research and road haulage - tensions emerge between contemporary mobile norms, the way they translate into work control and professional ideals. Meike Brodersen’s thesis draws on an ethnographic study of time and space to show how workers resist, attach themselves and adapt to these mobile occupations.

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RESEARCH NOTES

Is it possible to know how many workers live in mobile housing?

Arnaud Le Marchand

03/12/2021

Mobile housing, in its many forms, is inherently invisible in statistics. However, it is part of a way of life that has become essential for many workers in certain professional sectors. For these workers to be understood and properly taken into consideration in public policies, they must first be counted. For this, Arnaud Le Marchand combines statistical traces, observations of living spaces and interviews, in this exploration of workers living in mobile housing. Illustration : Ferjeux van der Stigghel

Thematics : Lifestyles, Theories

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Cycles of Violence: Analysing media discourse in the newspaper reporting of bicycle users and road fatalities

David Fevyer

22/11/2021

How are cyclist and pedestrian deaths depicted in newspaper reports, and how do these reports help shape understandings of cycling, walking, driving and road safety? This is an important question because reporting of bicycle rider and pedestrian fatalities shapes public and political understandings of what problems exist, what the causes are, and therefore what policies and interventions might address them. In his research for his Masters dissertation David Fevyer found that current news reporting of cyclist fatalities was narrowly focused upon the cyclists themselves rather than institutional or infrastructural factors that might account for such incidents.

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NEW VOICES

Flying Through a Perfect Moral Storm: How do Norwegian environmentalists negotiate their aeromobility practices?

Johannes Volden

25/10/2021

How do Norwegian environmentalists negotiate their own air travel? Rather than focusing on whether or not flying is justifiable, this thesis regards air travel as a social practice and places the emphasis on what aeromobility means for consumers, why they continue to fly, and how aeromobilities change and become (un)sustainable. The research shows that air-travel is not only a practice in its own right, but part of other practices. The implication of this is that achieving more sustainable mobilities requires attention to both the modes of transport in question and the wider social practices of which different mobilities are part.

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RESEARCH NOTES

Lahti: The first carbon rationing experiment applied to local journeys

Mobile Lives Forum

04/10/2021

The City of Lahti in Finland was the first to experiment with a carbon trading scheme among its inhabitants to reduce transport-related emissions. Based on a mobile app that measures the emissions of each daily trip and let users manage their individual carbon allowance, this system was voluntary, incentive-based and participatory. Could this pioneering initiative, financed by the European Urban Innovative Action fund, be replicated in other European cities?

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SOUTHERN DIARIES

How the health crisis disrupted daily mobilities: testimonies from the inhabitants of Bogotá and Lima

Jérémy Robert, Vincent Gouëset , Florent Demoraes, Jimena Ñiquén, Hernando Sáenz, Omar Pereyra, Daniela Rodríguez

30/09/2021

The residents of Lima in Peru, and Bogotá in Colombia, saw their daily mobilities greatly disrupted during the lockdown that lasted from March to July 2020. As part of the ANR Modural project on sustainable mobility practices, a study was conducted, through family accounts and remote interviews, to examine how individuals and their families were impacted by the lockdown in their professional activities and private lives, as well as the strategies they adopted to cope with it.

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NEW VOICES

Second edition of the New Voices Awards

Mobile Lives Forum

01/07/2021

Created in 2017 by the Mobile Lives Forum, the New Voices Awards aim to highlight the work of young and early career researchers and showcase outstanding Masters and PhD theses on mobility and its relationship to lifestyles and the ecological transition. Now in its second edition, in 2021 10 French and English speaking winners have been selected from 60 entries received from 19 different countries. Awarded 200 euros for masters and 500 euros for PhD theses, their work will be presented on the Forum's website during the year 2021-2022.

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The place of the imaginaries of speed and slowness in the evolution of mobility infrastructures

Claire Pelgrims

12/05/2021

By taking the issue of speed or slowness as an entry point, this research questions the way in which the design or adaptation of mobility infrastructures reveals a change in the relationship to space-time. This work is unique in that it recognises the importance of the materiality of these transformations and locates them in a particular context, that of the city and agglomeration of Brussels. At the interface between town planning, architecture, mobility studies, social sciences and aesthetic philosophy, this work analyses the mobility infrastructures that articulate functionality and aesthetics as constantly evolving sensitive environments - whether socially, phenomenologically or…

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Slowing down: Yes, but why, what and how?

Jean-Yves Boulin

30/11/2020

In 2018, the Mobile Lives Forum launched a day-long workshop on people’s desire to slow down, a desire that came to light in the international survey on aspirations for mobility and lifestyles. The findings we are publishing here take on a particular significance today, particularly because of the health crisis linked to Covid-19, through the need to regulate telework or the need to think differently about the spatial distribution of activities, demonstrating that it is time to rethink our rhythms of life and mobilities, and to (re)claim a balance between our social life, family life and professional life.

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SOUTHERN DIARIES

Going out in the public space, moving, stopping, showing themselves: the mobility strategies of women in Algiers

Madani Safar Zitoun, Khadidja Boussaïd, Samia Bentoudert, Maroua Kennouche

06/11/2020

Although Algeria’s urban space is governed by gender norms, women are certainly present and their use of public space is constantly evolving. Far from the clichés that confine them to the domestic sphere, their use of the city is complex: constantly balancing the need to conform to a strong patriarchal order and the desire to enjoy an increasingly assertive sense of freedom. Women occupy the city on a daily basis following unspoken and often invisible rules. In a constant quest for freedom, many of them implement avoidance strategies and spatial appropriation mechanisms that, while conforming to societal expectations, also subvert them. Step by step, from inside the home all the way to the…

Thematics : Lifestyles

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Urban mobility in Algiers: An overview of the sociological research

Madani Safar Zitoun

04/11/2020

Research on mobility issues emerged in Algeria with the creation of the Laboratory for Socio-Anthropological Analysis of Territorial Development (LASADET, Algiers 2). Its director, Professor Madani Safar Zitoun, reviews the work carried out within the laboratory, the evolution of mobility issues in Algeria and the specificities of social science research at the University of Algiers.

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