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Louise AmooreLouise Amoore, Department of Geography, Durham University, UK

Louise Amoore researches and teaches in the areas of global geopolitics, security, and political theory. She has particular interests in how contemporary forms of data, analytics and risk management are changing the techniques of border control and security. Louise is currently ESRC Global Uncertainties leadership fellow (2012-2015). Her fellowship project 'Securing Against Future Events' (SaFE): Preemption, Protocols and Publics' examines how inferred futures become the basis for new forms of security risk calculus. Louise's latest book, The Politics of Possibility: Risk and Security Beyond Probability (2013) maps out the politics of possibility that has come to characterize contemporary life, tracing its genesis into the diverse worlds of risk consulting, computer science, commercial logistics, and data mining and visualization (Duke University Press).



Monika BuscherMonika Buscher, Mobilities.lab, Lancaster University, UK

Monika’s research focuses on everyday material and epistemic practices - on the move or in situ - including experiences and practices of place-making, distributed collaboration, collective intelligence and disaster response. Consideration of post-human IT-ethics plays a major part in her work. Her approach is ethnographic and analytically rooted in ethnomethodology, science and technology studies, mobilities research and phenomenology. Her work critically informs participatory, interdisciplinary socio-technical innovation. She co-designs socio-technical ubiquitous computing imaginaries and technologies in different settings (from art and architecture to emergency response). She is Director of the mobilities.lab and edits the book series Changing Mobilities together with Peter Adey.

Malene Freudendal Pedersen

Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, Roskilde University, Denmark

Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change Space, Place, Mobility and Urban Studies Designing Human Technologies

My research focuses on mobilities in late modern everyday life. With a point of departure in transport research I examine why and how we choose specific modes of transport in everyday life and the meaning and significance this has for lived life. Mobility behavior can not be understood though, from a narrow understanding of everyday life when it is produced and reproduced on multiple societal scales. Thus of big important to my research is also looking at sustainable mobility as a possible future utopia. This is elaborated in the book Mobility in Daily Life (Ashgate 2009). The research is theoretically based in late modern everyday life with focus on central concepts such as time, space, place, communities, freedom, risks and ambivalences primarily from sociological and geographical perspectives.  I also put a lot of emphasis on discussions of methods and theory of science.

Anne GallowayAnne Galloway, School of Design, Victoria University, New Zealand

Dr Anne Galloway is Senior Lecturer in the School of Design, Victoria University of Wellington. Drawing on a background in the social sciences, Anne leads the School’s More-Than-Human Design Research Lab, which brings together creative practice, multispecies ethnography, more-than-human geography, and social studies of science and technology. Her research explores human-animal-machine ecologies, and she is particularly interested in how speculative design ethnography might mediate public concerns and controversies related to human-animal relations. Anne lives in rural New Zealand with a human, a cat, four sheep, and many machines. You can often find her on Twitter @annegalloway or visit her website at

Gerard GogginGerard Goggin, Media and Communications, Sydney University, Australia
Gerard Goggin is the inaugural Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney, a position he has held since 2011, and Australian Research Council Future Fellow. Previous appointments include Professor of Digital Communications at University of New South Wales (2007-2010), the University of Queensland, Southern Cross University, and, as visiting professor, the University of Barcelona. Gerard’s research focusses on social, cultural, and political aspects of digital technologies, especially the Internet and mobile phones and media. He has published 13 books and over 140 journal articles and book chapters. As well as his academic roles, Goggin has had a twenty-year involvement in communications and telecommunications policy, including appointments as a board member of the Disability Studies and Research Institute (DsaRI), foundation board member of the peak organization Australian Consumer Communication Action Network (ACCAN), deputy chair of the self-regulatory body Telephone Information Services Standards Council (TISSC), and member of the Australian e-Research Infrastructure Council (AeRIC).

Ole B JensenOle B. Jensen, CMUS, Aalborg University, Denmark

Department of Architecture and Media Technology
Ole B. Jensen is Professor of Urban Theory at the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University (Denmark). He holds a Bachelor Degree in Political Science, a Master Degree in Sociology, a PhD Degree in Planning, and a Dr. Techn Degree in Mobilities. He is co-founder and board member at the Center for Mobilities and Urban Studies (C-MUS). His main research interests are within Urban Mobilities and Urban Networked Technologies. He is the co-author of Making European Space. Mobility, Power and Territorial Identity, Routledge, 2004 (with Tim Richardson), and author of Staging Mobilities, Routledge, 2013, and Designing Mobilities, 2014, Aalborg University Press.


Sven KesselringSven Kesselring, Aalborg University, Denmark
Sven Kesselring is professor in mobility, governance and planning at Aalborg University, Denmark. He studied sociology, political science and psychology and holds a PhD in sociology from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and a doctoral degree (Habilitation) from Technische Universität München. He is the director of the international Cosmobilities Network ( and vice-president of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M). From 1999 to 2006 he was member of the reflexive modernisation research centre in Munich (DFG Sonderforschungsbereich 536).
Recent publications:
Kesselring, Sven. (2014). Corporate Mobilities Regimes.: Mobility, Power and the Socio-geographical Structurations of Mobile Work. In: Mobilities. 10.1080/17450101.2014.887249.
Kesselring, Sven; Gerlinde Vogl und Susanne Witzgall. (2013). New Mobilities Regimes. The Analytical Power of the Social Sciences and the Arts. Aldershot, Burlington: Ashgate.
Cwerner, S., Kesselring, S. and Urry, J. (eds.). 2009. Aeromobilities. London, New York N.Y.: Routledge.
Canzler, W., Kaufmann, V. and Kesselring, S. (eds.). 2008. Tracing mobilities: Towards a cosmopolitan perspective. Aldershot, Burlington: Ashgate.

Lesley Murray, Applied Social Science, University of Brighton, UK
Lesley is a senior lecturer and active researcher in the School of Applied Social Science, and is currently leading the local strand of a RCUK Energy Programme funded research project, which aims to understand mobility through the lens of disruption. She previously worked as a transport researcher for the London Research Centre and subsequently as a transport planner in the Greater London Authority, contributing to the London Mayor's Transport Strategy (Greater London Authority 2001). She then moved to Transport for London, commissioning research on women's and young people's issues. Lesley completed a PhD in 2007 (ESRC studentship PTA-030-2003-00364), followed by an ESRC funded postdoctoral fellowship (PTA-026-27-1554), at the University of Brighton.

Judith NicholsonJudith A. Nicholson, Faculty of Arts, Wilfried Laurier University, Canada
Judith A. Nicholson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Wilfried Laurier University (Canada). Her research interests include narratives of innovation and progress associated with mediated mobilities as well as representations of race and gender in such narratives. Her research has been published in Mediascapes: New Patterns in Canadian Communication (Nelson College Indigenous, 2013; 2010), The Wireless Spectrum: The Politics, Practices and Poetics of Mobile Media (University of Toronto Press, 2010), Canadian Journal of Communication (2008), and Fibreculture Journal (2006).


Laurence ParentLaurence Parent, Mobile Media Lab, Concordia University, Canada

Laurence is a PhD student in Humanities at Concordia University. She holds a MA in Critical Disability Studies from York University and a BA in Political Science from Université du Québec à Montréal. She lives in Montréal and is involved within the Québec Disability Rights Movement. In 2009, she co-founded a disability rights organization called RAPLIQ which aims to eradicate discrimination based on disability. She wrote, directed and produced her first documentary film - Je me souviens: Excluded from the Montréal subway since 1966 - which has won the award of Emerging Artist at the 2010 International Disability Film Festival in Berkeley. She is currently working with Professor Kim Sawchuk on a project called Montréal *in/accessible.


Kim SawchukKim Sawchuk, Mobile Media Lab, Concordia University, Canada

Kim is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University. She holds a Concordia University Research Chair in Mobile Media Studies. She is the former editor of the Canadian Journal of Communication and a co-founder of the feminist media studio, studio XX. The current co-editor of Wi: Journal of Mobile Media, her research in mobile media studies focuses on geo-locational media, ageing and digital technologies, and the intersections between  mobility studies and critical disability studies. A feminist media studies scholar, Sawchuk is interested in collaborative writing practices, with a special focus on new media art, wireless and mobile media technologies and the politics and culture of health and biomedicine. Her latest publication,  Sampling the Wireless Spectrum: the politics, poetics and practice of mobile media (2010) is co-edited with Dr. Barbara Crow and Professor Michael Longford of York University. Other publications included Used/GOODs (2009) with artists and curators Gisele Amantea and Lorraine Oades. Embodiment (2007) is a collection of feminist writing on the body with artist-researcher Christina Lammer and curator Catherine Pilcher (Vienna).  Other publications include Wild Science: Reading Feminism, Medicine, and the Media (2000) co-edited with Janine Marchessault and When Pain Strikes (1999), co-edited with the artists and curators Cathy Busby and Bill Burns.

Johan SchotJohan Schot, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, UK
Professor Johan Schot joined the University of Sussex as the Director of SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit - in January 2014. He is a Professor in the History of Technology and Sustainability Transitions Studies. His research is wide ranging but has always focused on integrating social science and historical perspectives for a better understanding of the nature and governance of radical socio-technical change.  Prior to coming to Sussex, he held academic posts at the Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Twente, Netherlands. Under Johan’s directorship, SPRU is embarking on an ambitious, new strategy to expand and build on its impressive track record across research, teaching, impact and engagement. The strategy, designed in the lead-up to the 50th anniversary in 2016, will draw on SPRU’s extensive activities and capture the best thinking within and beyond SPRU.


Mimi ShellerMimi Sheller, mcenter, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA

Mimi Sheller is Professor of Sociology and founding Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University. 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. She also serves on the editorial boards of Cultural Sociology and the International Journal of African and Black Diaspora Studies. She has held recent 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).

Bron SzerszynskiBron Szerszynski, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University UK

My research draws on the social sciences, humanities, arts and natural sciences to explore the changing relationship between humans, environment and technology.  In recent years I have applied this interdisciplinary approach to various environment and technology issues, such as technological innovation (especially biotechnology) and political economy (Reynolds and Szerszynski 2011, 2012, 2014); and urban foodscapes seen in terms of socio-material practices and the moral economy (Psarikidou and Szerszynski 2012a, 2012b).

David TyfieldDavid Tyfield, Lancaster University Environment Centre, Guangzhou, China

David Tyfield is a Reader in Environmental Innovation & Sociology at the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Cosmopolitan Studies, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich.  At Lancaster, he is Director of the International Research and Innovation Centre for the Environment (I-RICE), Guangzhou and Co-Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe).  His research focuses on the interaction of political economy, social change and developments in science, technology and innovation, with a particular focus on issues of low-carbon transition in China, especially urban e-mobility.  He is currently leading the Work Package regarding ‘cosmopolitan innovation networks for low-carbon cities’ in Prof Ulrich Beck’s ERC project ‘Cosmo-Climate’.

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