Research Overview

The Center for Mobilities Research and Policy combines interdisciplinary approaches to the study of travel, transport, migration, borders, and mobile communication into one over-arching framework. Over the past decade a “new mobilities paradigm” has been developing in the social sciences, involving new theoretical approaches and methodological innovations for studying many kinds of mobilities and mobility systems. The term "mobilities" applies to both the large-scale movements of people, objects, capital, and information across the world, and the more local processes of daily transportation, movement through urban space, and mobile communications.

Mobilities research entails interdisciplinary study of the infrastructures, flows, and policies that create the contexts for contemporary mobility (and immobility). It includes attention to mobility rights, mobility justice, and the new social inequalities being produced by the uneven distribution of "mobility capital."

It can inform public policy in local, regional, and international contexts, from the design of urban transit systems to the surveillance of international border crossings to the design of "smart" infrastructures.

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