Call for Papers


Joint NZGS / IAG Conference 2018 ‘Creative Conversations, constructive connections’

11-14 July 2018, University of Auckland, NZ


Future Mobilities: transitions, trials and transformations

Sponsored by: NZGS Mobilities in Geography Research Group

Session convenors: Helen Fitt (University of Canterbury, NZ), Angela Curl (University of Canterbury, NZ), Debbie Hopkins (University of Oxford, UK)


Transport systems have experienced long periods of stability punctuated by disruptive changes. The interplay between emerging technologies, user practices and expectations, policy, and infrastructures may contribute to novel transformations of mobility systems. This session seeks contributions that examine potential configurations of future mobilities. In particular, we are interested in:


·         conceptualisations of mobile futures and spaces of mobility (e.g. utopias, dystopias, imagined mobilites, smart infrastructures and cities, networked places, connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles, e-bikes, mobility scooters, bike and car sharing schemes, Mobility as a Service);

·         how different futures may come about (e.g. sites of experimentation and real-world testing, politics and practice of transition, mobility transition governance, future assemblages of technology, mobile and sensing bodies, and material spaces);

·         novel, innovative, and creative approaches for geographical investigations of future mobility (e.g. spatially and temporally mobile methods, future focussed social practice approaches, socio-technical transitions, futures and foresight methodologies);

·         implications of future mobilities (e.g. equity of impacts, behavioural responses, futures for mobile workers and mobile work, transitions in mobility and demography, wider perceptions, possibilities, and practicalities of social change).

In this session, we are keen to draw together a diverse range of geography sub-disciplines as well as interdisciplinary insights to explore future mobilities.


Please send an abstract of up to 300 words to, AND by 26th March 2018.


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