Critical Geographies of Mobility Using Digital Data

Extended deadline for abstracts for special sessions at the AAG meeting in 
Denver, CO, 6-10 April 2020.


Organized by:

Mei-Po Kwan, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Tim Schwanen, University of Oxford


As one of the keywords in Geography (Kwan and Schwanen, 2016), mobility is 
attracting widespread attention in the discipline with research sprawling in 
many directions and cutting across epistemic communities. One of the biggest 
changes in mobility research in recent years has been the emergence and uptake 
of new digital data about mobility, including the much touted big data 
assembled from sensors in vehicles, bikes, phones, access gates, payment cards 
and the like. Such data are increasingly used to understand mobility patterns 
and urban structures in innovative and productive ways.


We plan to organise one or more paper sessions looking at how the new digital 
data are used to advance critical analysis of questions of disadvantage, 
inequality and (in)justice in the everyday mobility of people, goods and 
information. Topics that might be considered include, but are not limited to, 
the use of digital data to:

  *   Understand transport-related social exclusion
  *   Analyze motility (Kaufmann, 2002) or access to employment, education, 
social networks and/or healthy living
  *   Examine socially and spatially differentiated exposure to pollution and 
harmful substances
  *   Investigate the socially and spatially uneven patronage of ride-hailing, 
bike-sharing and similar mobility services
  *   Probe inequalities in carbon emission from motorized transportation
  *   Evaluate social and spatial differences in vulnerability to disruption of 
everyday mobilities
  *   Scrutinize social and spatial inequalities in the relationships between 
mobility and wellbeing
  *   Explore potentially exploitative labour relations in the transportation 
sector


Papers that consider how digital data are used by governments and firms to 
monitor and discipline ‘unwanted’ mobilities, including the formalization of 
‘informal’ transport services by minibus, rickshaw, motor taxi, and so forth, 
are also very welcome.


Please submit your abstract (250 words max) plus AAG PIN (Personal 
Identification Number, obtained after registration for the conference at the 
AAG website) to tim.schwa...@ouce.ox.ac.uk<mailto:tim.schwa...@ouce.ox.ac.uk> 
and mpk...@gmail.com<mailto:mpk...@gmail.com> by Wednesday 23 October 2019.


Feel free to contact 
tim.schwa...@ouce.ox.ac.uk<mailto:tim.schwa...@ouce.ox.ac.uk> with any 
questions you might have.

Tim Schwanen
Professor of Transport Studies and Geography
Director of the Transport Studies Unit
Fellow in Geography, St Anne's College

School of Geography and the Environment
University of Oxford
South Parks Road, Oxford
OX1 3QY, England

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