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Mobilities Research & Policy Publications

Mobilities Journal

Co-founded by John Urry, Mimi Sheller and Kevin Hannam in 2006 Mobilities has grown and developed to producing six issues a year. Mobilities was accepted by the SSCI in 2010 and stands as a testament to John Urry's pioneering work and leadership in the 'new mobilities paradigm' in social science research. Following John Urry's death in 2016 the Editors welcomed David Tyfield of Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University and Peter Adey of Royal Holloway, University of London, as co-Editors.

A statement from Lancaster University paying tribute to John Urry.


Professor Peter Adey, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Professor Kevin Hannam, Middlesex University, Dubai
Professor Mimi Sheller, Biography, Drexel University, USA
Dr David Tyfield, Biography, LEC, Lancaster University

Mobilities examines 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 and private space and the travel of material objects in everyday life. New transportation and digital infrastructures and novel social and cultural practices pose important challenges for coordinating and governing mobilities and for mobility rights and questions of ‘access’. These ‘mobility’ issues have generated new research methods and theories. Mobilities publishes original, theoretically-informed research which is international in scope. The journal addresses major topical issues and fosters scholarly debate around the ‘mobility’ turn.

Papers in the following areas would be considered for publication in Mobilities:

  • 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 framed in terms of wider mobilities theory
  • Transportation and digital technologies
  • Transitions in complex systems
  • Climate change and transportation energy

Tranfers Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies

Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies is a peer-reviewed journal publishing cutting-edge research on the processes, structures, and consequences of the movement of people, resources, and commodities. Intellectually rigorous, broadly ranging, and conceptually innovative, the journal combines the empiricism of traditional mobility history with more recent methodological approaches from the social sciences and the humanities.

The journal's scholarly articles, book and exhibit reviews, and artwork and photography, as well as special features, provide a rich variety of perspectives that include: analyses of the past and present experiences of vehicle drivers, passengers, pedestrians, migrants, and refugees; accounts of the arrival and transformation of mobility in different nations and locales; and investigations of the kinetic processes of global capital, technology, chemical and biological substances, images, narratives, sounds, and ideas.

Convened around a broad conception of mobility, Transfers provides an interdisciplinary platform to explore the ways in which experiences of mobility have been enabled, shaped and mediated across time and through technological advances


Dagmar Schäfer, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Associate Editors
Georgine Clarsen, University of Wollongong
Peter Merriman, University of Aberystwyth
Stéphanie Ponsavady, Wesleyan University
Mimi Sheller, Drexel University

Explorations in Mobility, Berghahn Book Series

The study of mobility opens up new transnational and interdisciplinary approaches to fields including transport, tourism, migration, communication, media, technology, and environmental studies. The Explorations in Mobility series rethink our common assumptions and ideas about the mobility of people, things, ideas, and cultures from a broadly understood humanities perspective. The series welcomes projects of a historical or contemporary nature and encourages postcolonial, non-Western, and critical perspectives.


The editors welcome completed manuscripts as well as initial inquiries in the form of well-crafted proposals that fit the general parameters of the series. Potential authors should fill out the Berghahn NBO and send them to Gijs Mom, for consideration and advice. For more information on Berghahn's manuscript submission procedure, please look at the Info for Authors section on this web site. If you have any queries about the formal procedure, please contact Berghahn.

Series Editors

Gijs Mom, Eindhoven University of Technology
Mimi Sheller, Drexel University
Georgine Clarsen, University of Wollongong

Selected Publications

  • Sheller, M.  Mobility Justice: The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes (Verso, 2018).
  • Jensen, O.B., Kesselring, S. and Sheller, M. (eds) Mobilities and Complexities (Routledge, 2018)
  • Sheller, M. ‘Caribbean Futures in the Offshore Anthropocene: Debt, Disaster, and Duration’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 36: 6 (2018): 971-86
  • Hildebrand, J. and Sheller, M. ‘Media Ecologies of Autonomous Automobility: Gendered and Racial Dimensions of Future Concept Cars’, Transfers: Journal of Mobility Studies, 8.1, 2018
  • Sheller M. ‘From Spatial Turn to Mobilities Turn’, Current Sociology 65: 4 (2017): 623-39
  • Sheller M. ‘Theorizing Mobility Transitions: An Interdisciplinary Conversation’, Transfers: Journal of Mobility Studies, Ideas in Motion, eds. C. Temenos, A. Nikolaeva (March, 2017)
  • Nicholson, J. & Sheller, M. (eds) Special Issue: ‘Race and Mobilities’, Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, Vol. 6, No. 1 (2016)
  • Büscher, M., Sheller, M. & Tyfield, D. (eds) 10th Anniversary Special Issue: ‘Mobilities Intersections: Social Research, Social Futures’, Mobilities 11 (4) Sept. 2016
  • Sheller, M. (ed.) E-Special Issue: John Urry, Theory, Culture & Society (August 2016)
  • Büscher, M., Sheller, M. & Tyfield, D. ‘Introduction: Mobilities Intersections’, Mobilities, 11: 4 (2016): 485-97, 10th Anniversary SI: ‘Mobility Intersections: Social Research, Social Futures’
  • Sheller, M. and Urry, J. ‘Mobilising the New Mobilities Paradigm,’ Applied Mobilities 1 (1), (2016): 10-25
  • Sheller, M. ‘Uneven Mobility Futures: A Foucauldian Approach,’ Mobilities, 11 (1) 2016: 15-31
  • Sheller, M. ‘Connected Mobility in a Disconnected World: Contested Infrastructure in Post-Disaster Contexts’, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 106: 2 (2016): 330-339, SI on Geographies of Mobility, ed. Mei-Po Kwan.
  • Sheller, M. ‘Racialized Mobility Transitions in Philadelphia: Urban Sustainability and the Problem of Transport Inequality’, City and Society, SI on Cities and Mobilities, ed. M. Freudendal-Pederson, Vol. 27, Issue 1, 70-91 (April 2015).
  • Adey, P., Bissell, D., Hannam, K., Merriman, P. and Sheller, M. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities, (London: Routledge, 2014).
  • Sheller, M., ‘The New Mobilities Paradigm for a Live Sociology’, Current Sociology, 62: 6 (2014): 789-811.
  • Sheller, M. ‘News Now: Interface, Ambience, Flow, and the Disruptive Spatio-Temporalities of Mobile News Media’, Journalism Studies, 16 (1) 2014: 12-26
  • Jensen, OB, Sheller, M., and Wind, S. ‘Together and Apart: Affective Ambiences and Negotiation in Families’ Everyday Life and Mobility’, Mobilities, 10: 3 (2014): 363-82.
  • Sheller, M. ‘Aluminum Across the Americas: Caribbean Mobilities and Transnational American Studies’, Journal of Transnational American Studies: Caribbean Issue, eds. B. Edmondson and D. Francis, Vol 5, Issue 1, 2013.
  • Vukov, T. and Sheller, M. ‘Border Work: surveillant assemblages, virtual fences, and tactical counter-media’ in ‘Charting, Tracking, and Mapping: New Technologies, Labor, and Surveillance’, a special issue of Social Semiotics, Vol. 23, No. 2, (May 2013): 225-241.
  • Sheller, M. ‘The Islanding Effect: Post-Disaster Mobility Systems and Humanitarian Logistics in Haiti’, Cultural Geographies, 20 (2) April 2013: 185-204.
  • 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. (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.