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Mobilities Research & Policy Publications

Mobilities Journal

Mobilities, an international journal, publishes original, theoretically-informed research, which is international in scope as well as in authorship. The journal seeks to address topical issues and foster scholarly debate. Mimi Sheller, PhD, is co-editor of the journal.

The international journal examines both the large-scale movements of people, objects, capital and information across the world, as well as more local processes of daily transportation, movement through public spaces, and the travel of material things in everyday life. Recent developments in transportation and communications infrastructures, along with new social and cultural practices of mobility, present new challenges for the coordination and governance of mobilities and for the protection of mobility rights and access. This has elicited many new research methods and theories relevant for understanding the connections between diverse mobilities and immobilities.

Mobilities Areas of Publication

  • Mobile spatiality and temporality
  • Sustainable and alternative mobilities
  • Mobile rights and risks
  • New social networks and mobile media
  • Immobilities and social exclusions
  • Tourism and travel mobilities
  • Migration and diasporas
  • Transportation and communication technologies
  • Transitions in complex systems

Peer Review Statement

All submissions to this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by up to three referees.

Notes for Contributors

Manuscripts should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words, and should be sent electronically to: (Chicago Author-Date layout).

Mobilities Editors

Kevin Hannam

Kevin Hannam is professor of tourism development in the School of Arts, Design, Media and Culture at the University of Sunderland, where he is head of Tourism and Student Admissions. His research interests include: ecotourism, third world tourism, European cultural and heritage tourism, and tourism theory. He is a member of the Tourism Society and the British Association of South Asian Studies. Kevin Hannam is co-editor of the journal Mobilities.

Mimi Sheller

Mimi Sheller is professor of sociology and founding director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy. She is founding co-editor of the journal Mobilities; Associate Editor of the journal Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies; and serves on the Scientific Board of the Mobile Lives Forum, SNCF, France. As co-editor, with John Urry, of "Mobile Technologies of the City" (Routledge, 2006), "Tourism Mobilities" (Routledge, 2004) and several key articles, she helped to establish the new interdisciplinary field of mobilities research. Her work includes the book "Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity" (MIT Press, 2014); the co-edited volume "Handbook of Mobilities" (Routledge, 2013); and the co-edited book "Mobility, Mobile Communication, and Locative Media" (Routledge 2014).

She was awarded her AB from Harvard University (1988, summa cum laude) in History and Literature, and MA (1993) and PhD (1997) in Sociology and Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research. She has held Visiting Fellowships at the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University (2008-09); Media@McGill in Montreal, Canada (2009); the Center for Mobility and Urban Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark (2009); and the Penn Humanities Forum (on Virtuality) at the University of Pennsylvania (2010-11).

Sheller is also the author of several books and numerous articles in the field of Caribbean Studies, including "Democracy After Slavery" (Macmillan, 2000); "Consuming the Caribbea" (Routledge, 2003); and "Citizenship from Below" (Duke University Press, 2012). She has been co-investigator on two National Science Foundation RAPID grants, one in 2010-2012 collaborating with engineers in a study of local participation in post-earthquake planning of water and sanitation infrastructure in Leogane, Haiti; and the second in 2012-2013 addressing the causes, consequences, and government responses to the rising water levels and massive flooding of the region’s two largest lakes, Lake Azuei (Haiti) and Lake Enriquillo (Dominican Republic). Sheller also co-chaired the NSF review of all Haiti RAPID grants, and served as an adviser to the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction in its preparation of a report with the Government of Japan on the Japanese Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami (2012).

John Urry

John Urry is professor of sociology and director of the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), and director of MA Tourism & Travel at Lancaster University. At Lancaster, Urry has been head of the Sociology Department (1983–89), dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (1989–94) and the University's dean of research (1994–98). Also, he was chair of HEFCE's Research Assessment Exercise Sociology Panel in 1996 and 2001. Professor Urry’s research interests are in the sociology of power and revolution, social theory and the philosophy of the social sciences, urban and regional research mainly associated with the Lancaster Regionalism Group, the relationship between society and space, the possibilities of developing local economic policies, economic and social change in western capitalist societies, consumer services and especially tourist-related services, issues of environmental change and the 'sociology of nature,' the changing nature of mobility, and the implications of complexity theory for the social sciences. He has been a visiting professor in the Departments of Geography at Bristol and Roskilde Universities. John Urry is a founding editor of the journal Mobilities and has been the editor of the International Library of Sociology since 1990. He is a founding academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Tranfers Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies

Transfers is emerging as a key peer-reviewed platform for new research into the practices, experiences and representations of disparate mobilities. We aim to “rethink mobility” in the widest possible terms and from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives. Intellectually rigorous, wide-ranging and conceptually innovative, Transfers combines the empiricism of traditional mobility history with more recent theoretical approaches in the social sciences and the humanities. We interpret ‘transfers’ in its many senses: to move, shift, transmit, transform, change and convey.

The journal’s scholarly essays, film, book and exhibition reviews, artwork, photography and special features are devoted to the ways in which mobilities have been enabled, shaped and mediated across time and through technological changes. We are interested in analyses of past and present experiences of vehicle drivers, passengers, pedestrians, migrants and refugees; accounts of the arrival and transformation of mobilities in different nations and locales; and investigations into the kinetic processes of global capital, technology, chemical and biological substances, images, narratives, sounds and ideas.

We especially encourage contributions that ‘rethink mobility’ through a transnational, multimodal or transdisciplinary perspective, and those dealing with subversive (non-hegemonic) and subaltern (non-Eurocentric) mobilities, including a focus on the infrastructures and practices of mobility that contribute to uneven forms of access.


Gijs Mom, Eindhoven University of Technology

Associate Editors:

Georgine Clarsen, The University of Wollongong
Nanny Kim, University of Heidelberg
Peter Merriman, University of Aberystwyth
Mimi Sheller, Drexel University, Philadelphia
Heike Weber, Technical University of Berlin


Reports@mCenter is an online publication series produced by researchers at the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy. The reports are designed to address current policy issues, showing how new theoretical perspectives and academic research can inform policymaking and public issues.

Reports@mCenter: Vol.1 No.1 (December 2010)

“Challenging the King of the Road: Designing for Bicycles in American Cities” (PDF)
by Jacob Bjerre Mikkelsen (Visiting Scholar)

Additional Publications

  • Sheller M. ‘Mobile Mediality: Locations, Dislocations, Augmentation’, in Kesselring, S., Vogl, G. and Witzgall, S. (eds), New Mobilities Regimes: The Analytical Power of Social Sciences and Arts (Aldershot, Burlington: Ashgate, 2012).
  • Sheller, M. ‘Mobile Sociologies’, forthcoming in The Handbook of Mobilities, eds. Adey, P., Bissell, D., Hannam, K., Merriman, P. and Sheller, M. (London: Routledge, in press, 2014).
  • Sheller, M. ‘Islanding Effects: Mobility Systems and Humanitarian Logistics in Post-Earthquake Haiti’, Cultural Geographies special issue on Islanding Geographies (2012) DOI: 10.1177/1474474012438828.
  • Sheller, M. (2011) ‘Mobility’, in Sociopedia (an online database published by the International Sociological Association).
  • Sheller, M. ‘Air Mobilities on the US-Caribbean Border: Open Skies and Closed Gates’, Communication Review, Vol. 13: 4 (2010): 269-288.
  • Sheller, M. ‘Creating Sustainable Mobility and Mobility Justice’, pp. 113-124 in Mobile / Immobile: Quels choix, quels droits pour 2030? (Paris: Forum des Vies Mobiles, 2011), 113-23.
  • Sheller, M and Urry, J (eds) Mobile Technologies of the City (London and New York: Routledge, Networked Cities Series, 2006).
  • Sheller, M. and Urry, J., ‘Mobile Cities, Urban Mobilities’, Introduction to M. Sheller and J. Urry (eds) Mobile Technologies of the City (London and New York: Routledge, 2006), pp. 1-17.
  • Hannam, K., Sheller, M., Urry, J. ‘Mobilities, Immobilities and Moorings’, Editorial Introduction to Mobilities, 1: 1 (March 2006): 1-22.
  • M. Sheller and J. Urry, ‘The New Mobilities Paradigm’, Environment and Planning A, ‘Materialities and Mobilities’, 38 (2006): 207-26.
  • Sheller, M. ‘Mobile Publics: Beyond the Network Perspective’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 22: 1 (February 2004): 39-52.
  • Sheller, M. and Urry, J., ‘Mobile Transformations of “Public” and “Private” Life’, Theory, Culture and Society, 20: 3 (2003), pp. 107-125.