The study of mobilities is loosely referred to as the study of people, things, information and places ‘on the move’ and the study of living well in ‘mobile systems,’ ‘mobile spaces’ and ‘mobile lives.’ The mobilities paradigm (see Sheller & Urry, 2006) emerged out of cross-disciplinary, collaborative research in the global North of societies, places, travel, tourism, economies, resources, industry, work, communication and networks of power. This social science paradigm has generated the study of emergent economies that mobilise resources sustainably while also detailing the way that dominant economies and elite citizens maintain their status by harnessing mobility for increasingly private use.
The Mobilities Network webpages host several new research initiatives in the social sciences, led by emerging researchers in transdisciplinary locations – those interested in the consequences of new locations, new practices and new knowledges facilitating more mobile lifestyles. Our commitment is to the cooperative ethos of shared, multidisciplinary, inquiry-based investigation. We intend to post work in progress regularly, assist the publication of completed projects, network with other researchers and coordinate research events through which to foster on-the-spot interaction, critique and dissemination of new work.
Martha Bell has had ten years of social science research since gaining her PhD in Sociology at Massey University. Her most recent project investigated the meanings of advocacy, disability and reproductive choice to staff members of an NGO in New Zealand. She is employed as a researcher and writer for Media Associates, Dunedin New Zealand.
Research areas of interest include: dis/ability, physicality, extreme mobilities, mobility rights, mobility equity