Handbook of Research Methods and Applications for Mobilities


Handbook of Research Methods and Applications for Mobilities

9781788115452 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Monika Büscher, Lancaster University, UK, Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, Aalborg University, Denmark, Sven Kesselring, Nürtingen-Geislingen University, Germany and Nikolaj Grauslund Kristensen, Aalborg University, Denmark
Publication Date: August 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78811 545 2 Extent: c 464 pp
Reflecting the variety and diversity of mobile methods and their applications, this comprehensive Handbook illuminates the multiple dimensions and transdisciplinary nature of mobilities research, from transport to tourism, cargo to information as well as physical, virtual and imaginative mobilities. It brings together key contributions on the state of the art of qualitative and quantitative research, multimethod combinations and co-creation methods within the mobilities paradigm.

Copyright & permissions

Recommend to librarian

Your Details

Privacy Policy

Librarian Details

Download leaflet

Print page

More Information
Critical Acclaim
More Information
Exploring the growing field of mobilities research, this Handbook focuses on the flows and movements of people, artefacts, capital, information and signs on different social and geographical scales. It examines the systems and practices of mobilities within societies, politics, cultures and economies from different theoretical, epistemological and methodological perspectives.

Reflecting the variety and diversity of research methods and applications, contributions from top scholars highlight the multiple dimensions of mobilities, from transport to tourism, cargo to information, and across physical, virtual and imaginative mobilities. Chapters analyse mobilities from different angles and scales, emphasising interdisciplinarity by looking at how researchers engage with mobile methods.

An inspirational toolbox of research methods and applications for mobilities, sociology and human geography scholars, this Handbook provides both qualitative and quantitative insights to the topic. It will be of interest to policymakers and urban planners looking for a better understanding of the impact and importance of mobilities in contemporary societies.
Critical Acclaim
‘This is an exceptional contribution to the literature on mobilities that engages and goes beyond simply mobile methodologies to develop applied and critical insights. It is wide ranging in topics and includes authors of international repute. It is sure to be a must-read for students, academics and practitioners involved in future mobilities research.’
– Kevin Hannam, City University of Macau, China

‘This is a sparkling collection of essays written by scholars – many of whom are leaders in the field – who are passionately committed to the way in which the new mobilities paradigm has fundamentally changed how we understand the contemporary world and the challenges it faces. Every chapter is a delight to read, with the inventiveness of the methods and applications surveyed spilling over into writing that is equally creative and inspired.’
– Lynne Pearce, Lancaster University, UK
Contributors include: K. Barry, N.M. Bennetsen, J. Berg, T. Birtchnell, T. Böhme, G. Bourg, R. Boyd, A.V.H. Bueno, M. Büscher, E.C. Cabalquinto, C.B. Christensen, F. da Costa Portugal Duarte, A. Elliott, M. Freudendal-Pedersen, J. Germann Molz, K. Goetz, N. Grauslund Kristensen, K. Hartmann-Petersen, M. Henriksson, J.M. Hildebrand, F. Hirschhorn, M. Huyghe, H.L. Jensen, O.B. Jensen, O. Järv, S. Kesselring, H. Krobath, G.R. Larsen, C. Lassen, A. Maddrell, K. Manderscheid, A. Masso, L. Murray, M. de Neergaard, L. Nitschke, A.Paulsson, A. Perkins, R. Rackham, A. Rocci, L. Schindler, M. Sheller, S. Silm, L.C. Smith, S. Smith, S. Sodero, G. Sunderer, C.H. Sørensen, K. Syng Tan, B. Szerszynski, S. Thulin, M. Trandberg Jensen, C. Tschoerner-Budde, D. Tyfield, R. Tzanelli, P. Vannini, S. Wilson, D. Zuev


0. Introduction
Monika Büscher, Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, Sven Kesselring and Nikolaj Grauslund Kristensen

Part I Motivation:
1. Mobility Justice
Mimi Sheller
2. Mobilities and Values
Malene Freudendal-Pedersen
3. Mobilities and (Un)Sustainability
Dennis Zuev and Luca Nitschke
4. Researching the mobile risk society
Sven Kesselring
5. Mobilities and Social Futures
Monika Büscher

Part II Methods
6. openAnalogInput(BODY): Investigating data mobilities through Critical Making
Fernanda da Costa Portugal Duarte
7. How to use time-geographic travel diaries in mobility research
Malin Henriksson and Jessica Berg
8. Applying multiple and multi-scalar methods to mobilities hub research
Gunvor Riber Larsen
9. Drone Mobilities and Auto-Technography
Julia M. Hildebrand
10. Logbooks of mobilities
Larissa Schindler
11. Sensory Imagination as mobile Method: Sonic Place-making on Forest Roads
Helena Krobath
12. Camper Van Ethnographies: Mobile Experiments and Methodological Manoeuvers
Sharon Wilson
13. Mobility Orientations
Konrad Götz and Georg Sunderer

Part III Applications
14. Mobility Behaviour Change programs in France: Contexts of emergence, governance, goals and impacts
Marie Huyghe, Ghislain Bourg and Anaïs Rocci
15. Investigating mobilities with Literary Methods
Anita Perkins
16. Vital Mobilities
Stephanie Sodero and Richard Rackham
17. Tracing human mobilities through mobile phones
Siiri Silm, Olle Järv and Anu Masso
18. MoVE: Mobile Virtual Ethnography
Jennie Germann Molz
19. Mobile methods for a mobile practice: inclusive research on pilgrimage mobilities
Avril Maddrell
20. Mobile visual methods
Phillip Vannini and Martin Trandberg Jensen
21. Fostering discursive mobilities in sustainable mobility policymaking
Chelsea Tschoerner-Budde
22. Mobilities policies. Exploring momentums as urban tipping points in practice
Nina Moesby Bennetsen and Katrine Hartmann-Petersen
Anthony Elliott and Ross Boyd
24. Researching Transnational Family Life in a Mobile Era
Earvin Charles Cabalquinto
25. Family mobilities
Lesley Murray
26. Supply Chains and the Mobilities of Cargo
Thomas Birtchnell and Tillmann Böhme

Part IV Reflections
27. Seeing into the future of mobility: Experts and Delphi as futures methods
Alexander Paulsson, Fabio Hirschhorn and Claus Hedegaard Sørensen
28. Airports as a mobile method
Claus Lassen
29. RUN RIOT! On mobilities, life, and death (of civilisation), and the reveries of running artfully
Kai Syng Tan
30. Creative arts practice in mobilities
Kaya Barry
31. Simulation and Preserved Mobility Spaces
Lewis Charles Smith
32. RESONANCE of mobilities:
Samuel Thulin
33. Reflection – Phronesis (and its potentially central contribution to mobilities research in the 21st century)
David Tyfield
34. Methods of Mobilities Design Research
Ole B. Jensen, Andrea Victoria Hernandez Bueno, Shelley Smith and Cecilie Breinholm Christensen
35. Critical Mobilities – Mobilities as Critique?
Katharina Manderschied
36. Embodied ethnography in mobilities research
Maja de Neergaard and Hanne Louise Jensen
37. Synaesthesia and the mobile city
Rodanthi Tzanelli
38. How to dismantle a bus: planetary mobilities as method
Bronislaw Szerszynski


This title is available for institutional purchase via Elgaronline.

View sample chapter

eISBN: 978 1 78811 546 9
My Cart