TRACK 7 MOBILITIES: Mobility as a right, infrastructure and transportation planning 
Enrica Papa (University of Westminster, United Kingdom)
Viktorija Prilenska (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)

A large body of research has highlighted the connection between transport and social exclusion. Despite these early insights, equity concerns are still poorly integrated within transport policy. Challenges remain to change our transport systems to support more inclusive, socially sustainable mobilities that also respect the environmental boundaries. 

This track welcomes both theoretical and empirical contributions that discuss the interactions between the mobility landscape and social inequalities in different geographical contexts.  This track solicits innovative contributions on ways of conceptualizing, theorizing, and empirically examining the concept of ‘(im)mobility as a right’, addressing the topic from social, cultural, historical, political, environmental, economic, theoretical, and methodological perspectives, inter alia. These can include research in areas such as: 

  • Politics of mobilities (different transport modes, especially active and public transport; multimodality; mobility and sustainability transitions; mobility and resilience; mobility, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions; future ecologies; political ecology, infrastructure and mega-projects; integrating transport and land-use planning, urban intensification, transit-oriented development and research on spatial development patterns which support, or hinder, the right to mobility)  

  • Cultural and social aspects of mobilities (mobility, social exclusion and inequality; accessibility planning; mobility, wellbeing, and health; health equity, social inclusion and mobility; experience of mobility; everyday mobilities; mobilities turn; capabilities approach; etc.) 

  • New Technologies in mobilities (planning support systems; social media and mobility; crowd-sourcing and open source; analytical tools; supporting technological change towards mobility equity) 

  • Mobility research methods. 

The track will include interactive and participatory sessions mixed to with conventional panel sessions. 

Keywords: Mobility justice, mobility equity, immotility, social exclusion