Mobilities

Mobilities is a research field that has developed from transport studies in the social sciences and cultural studies. It opened up the ‘black box’ of traditional transport studies by adding more complex and contextualized understandings of the meaning of movements and flows of people, artefacts, capital and risks, in space. Dimensions of power are deeply embedded into the field. The technology development of mobile telecommunication, cyber technologies, and software engineering are of substantial importance for introducing new modes of transportation and make people connected. However, not everyone has access to the latest technological devices or is connected to the mobility fast-track where globalized nomads have freedom of movement. Left behind are people, poorly connected to the networks, with difficulties to access everyday destinations because of poor access to affordable transportation or lack of opportunities. Justice is an important question to further explore as well as questions about different mobility regimes and what institutional strategies work towards a sustainable development. Additional questions concern the development of new methodologiesa to measure socioeconomic values of accessibility, justice and environmental sustainability.

Research Projects

K2 – the Swedish knowledge centre for public transport

K2 is an applied research centre and a joint venture between three research organizations and the three metropolitan regions in Sweden; Stockholm County Administration, the Region of Skåne and the Region of Västra Götaland. The three research organizations are Malmö University, Lund University and VTI – the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute. The […]

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Effects of Transit Accessibility – Empirical studies on equal opportunities in local and regional development

Urbanization poses great demands on the spatial development of societies. Not only are cities but also rural areas are affected by urbanization. In order for local and regional economies to develop, interaction and integration between people and firms is fundamental. Public transport can be a key element in enhancing a sustainable development at local and […]

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Public Transport Markets Beyond Contracts: Market Analysis, Public Service Obligations, Procurement and Commercial Initiatives

There is a vast research on procurement of public transport. However, previous research has primarily studied contract design, but not the non-contractual factors that shape the contracts and the functioning of a market. By drawing inspiration from New Economic Sociology and Organization Theory, this project will identify (i) why there are so few actors bidding […]

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