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SOUTHERN DIARIES

A tale of two cities? Everyday mobilities and individual opportunities in Bogotá, Colombia

Giovanni Vecchio, Geraldine Rodriguez

21/02/2018

Bogotá is the best place to observe how everyday mobility can support individual opportunities. Or at least this is the dominant narrative in academic research and policy reports. However, the peripheral neighborhoods of Bogotá tell a different story. The voices of their inhabitants express how everyday mobilities can negate access to urban opportunities.

Thematics : Lifestyles, Policies

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The place to be? Living and moving in intermediate spaces: Young people and mobility in peri-urban spaces

Catherine Didier-Fèvre

22/01/2018

Teens living in suburban areas on the outskirts of Île-de-France often seem to be victims of these areas, structured largely by mobility. It therefore seemed pertinent to ask whether being a teenager in a peri-urban area is harder than being one elsewhere – in other words, when they become independent, acquire the skills that allow them to get around by themselves and explore new places not under parental supervision in the company of their peers.

Thematics : Lifestyles, Policies, Theories

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The Politics of Conviviality: Mobility and the Right to the City in Bogotá's Bicycle Advocacy

Paola Castañeda

11/12/2017

In Bogota, there exists an ever-growing number of citizen's groups that gather around the bicycle with a multiplicity of aims and approaches, taking it upon themselves to develop initiatives that make visible the varied ways in which this vehicle mobilises both people and ideas. This research examines bicycle activism (“biketivism”) in order to understand how biketivists attempt to take back the city from the motor vehicle, and challenge the dominant order on city streets.

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The influence of work-related travel on highly-mobile peoples practices and representations of space

Magali de Raphélis

24/11/2017

In recent decades, globalization and the development of high-speed transport have given rise to a new type of travel: short-term business travel. Goods trade, knowledge and know-how often function at the international scale, and many people are now obliged to make long-distance work-related trips. The reasons for these trips vary, but their duration is usually short, ranging from a day to a week. Some jobs require frequent business travel, from one to several times a month. We call the individuals concerned "highly mobile" or "hypermobile.”

Thematics : Lifestyles

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Dynamics of Movement in Argentina’s Sweatshop Economy

Matias Dewey, Katherine Walker, Sarah Pabst

07/11/2017

Three times per week, traffic on the old railway bridge across the Riachuelco in Buenos Aires is dominated by a constant stream of long distance buses. The passengers have traveled hundreds of miles from every corner of Argentina, and from neighboring Paraguay, Brazil and Chile. Unable to afford the plane fare, a one- or two-hour flight turns into ten, twenty, even thirty hours by bus. The bridge, finally, signals the end of their journey: on the other side of the oily, junk-filled river, a huge parking lot welcomes visitors to La Salada, Latin America’s largest low-cost garment marketplace.

Thematics : Lifestyles

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Mobility systems in a context of global warming and natural disasters: toward greater resilience?

Stephanie Sodero

27/10/2017

Through my doctoral research, I examined the links between climate change impacts and everyday mobilities, highlighting ecological considerations within the sphere of mobilities research. The anchoring idea for my project is that transport modes powered by fossil fuels contribute to climate change. I explored how Hurricanes Igor and Juan highlight resilience and vulnerability in contemporary mobility systems.

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Young people's daily mobilities in sub-Saharan Africa

Gina Porter

13/10/2017

Have you ever considered the massive importance that mobility plays in determining young people’s lives and life chances? Given the crucial role of transport, could practitioners’ and policy makers’ interventions in this arena help change young lives for the better?

Thematics : Lifestyles, Policies, Theories

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Car traffic reaches a peak: and now, the beginning of decline?

Richard Grimal

28/09/2017

Since the 2000s, after decades of steady growth, there has been a shift in behavior relative to car ownership and use. This has resulted in a cap on car traffic at the national level (France) in a larger context of decline in car travel in large urban areas, increased use of public transportation, a revival of active modes and the emergence of alternatives to individual car ownership (carpooling, car sharing, car rental between individuals, etc.). How to explain it?

Thematics : Lifestyles, Policies

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The motorcycle taxis of Lomé: sounding boards for social and political movements

Assogba Guézéré

30/08/2017

Since 1992, the motorcycle taxi phenomenon has reached an unprecedented scale in Togolese capital, a city stricken by poverty and important mobility issues. This so-called "informal" mode of urban transportation is a response to the lack of reliable public transportation service, allowing urban dwellers to access services, shops, etc. and thus stay in the city. Beyond questions of travel and transportation, Lomé’s motorcycle taxis have actually created a new type of public space, from which researchers can observe social relations. They are also used by political parties for processions.

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“Zebras” in combat against urban chaos in La Paz

Patricia Alvarez

19/06/2017

Moving towards the city center, one discovers the “chaos” that reigns in the streets: vehicle congestion and traffic mayhem give rise to constant tension and turmoil among users of the public space. Pedestrians attempting to cross the street must face the rage of drivers who dominate the roads. Between walking (a risky endeavor in this hostile environment) and taking a minibus (which are constantly delayed by traffic), the choice proves difficult. But at the corner of an intersection one catches a glimpse of a white and black striped figure dancing, jumping...A zebra.

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Rethinking the sharing of urban traffic areas: the case of Ouagadougou

Léandre Guigma

22/05/2017

Most African cities are comprised of segregated, fragmented urban areas, with "unplanned” working-class neighborhoods alongside planned areas. This segregation is also apparent in the design of main urban roads, as designers tend to separate modes of travel (walking, cycling, two-wheeled vehicles, cars, etc.) and favor car use. In reality, however, main roads are used by all types of modes, regardless of the spaces dedicated to them. This modal mixing can also be observed on the lateritic dirt roads in neighborhoods where traffic, in fact, seems more fluid than on the city’s main thoroughfares.

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Matatus... is small-scale transportation becoming trendy?

Léa Wester

29/03/2017

Like in many African cities, Nairobi’s minibuses are an informal mode of collective transportation that emerged due to a lack of efficient public transportation. As in many other cities, the latter ultimately disappeared as a result of competition from this type of minibus, which offers residents travel options in the form of fragmented collective transport services. Economic crises and the liberalization of the sector underlie the emergence of this system.In this context, this informal system meets both mobility and employment needs.

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