Cosmin Popan

PhD student

Research Overview

My PhD thesis investigates the possibilities for everyday urban cycling to become a socio-technical system that replaces automobility. This exercise requires two necessary conditions: a utopian vision and a de-growth agenda. My thesis focuses on three aspects of a putative bicycle system: First, there are the cycling sensescapes: how senses operate differently, how some are awakened and others reconfigured, how sensory tolerances are built. Second, there are the sociabilities of cycling together, creating the skills and confidences needed for a successful mass practice. Third, there are infrastructures, both physical and non-physical, whose promises of speed and progress I challenge.

Dataset of the livability performance of the City of Birmingham, UK, as measured by its citizen wellbeing, resource security, resource efficiency and carbon emissions
Leach, J.M., Lee, S.E., Boyko, C.T., Coulton, C.J., Cooper, R., Smith, N., Joffe, H., Büchs, M., Hale, J.D., Sadler, J.P., Braithwaite, P.A., Blunden, L.S., De Laurentiis, V., Hunt, D.V., Bahaj, A.S., Barnes, K., Bouch, C.J., Bourikas, L., Cavada, M., Chilvers, A., Clune, S.J., Collins, B., Cosgrave, E., Dunn, N., Falkingham, J., James, P., Kwami, C., Locret-Collet, M., Medda, F., Ortegon, A., Pollastri, S., Popan, C., Psarikidou, K., Tyler, N., Urry, J., Wu, Y., Zeeb, V., Rogers, C.D. 12/2017 In: Data in Brief. 15, p. 691-695. 5 p.
Journal article

How sharing can contribute to more sustainable cities
Boyko, C.T., Clune, S.J., Cooper, R., Coulton, C.J., Dunn, N.S., Pollastri, S., Leach, J.M., Bouch, C., Cavada, M., De Laurentiis, V., Goodfellow-Smith, M., Hale, J., Hunt, D., Lee, S., Locret-Collet, M., Sadler, J.P., Ward, J., Rogers, C.D., Popan, C., Psarikidou, A., Urry, J.R., Blunden, L., Bourikas, L., Buchs, M., Falkingham, J., Harper, M., James, P., Kamanda, M., Sanches, T., Turner, P., Wu, P., Bahaj, A., Ortegon, A., Barnes, K., Cosgrave, E., Honeybone, P., Joffe, H., Kwami, C., Zeeb, V., Collins, B., Tyler, N. 29/04/2017 In: Sustainability. 9, 5, 16 p.
Journal article