March 22, 2018
For Immediate Release
Waterloo - Mobilities expert Mimi Sheller from Drexel University will lead the lecture entitled "Mobility Justice and Urban Equity: Pedagogies, Activism and Sustainable Cities," at the Centre for International Governance Innovation March 24 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the emerging field of mobilities research, which tackles many of society's pressing challenges through the lens of the politics of movement.
Every day, people make "moves" that depend on their access to transportation, their physical ability to access public spaces, their use of technology and their feelings of security and safety. Many of these spaces of action are informed by external forces such as city planning, urban design, architects and communications companies, but they are also influenced by, and shape, race, gender, physical ability, and even national belonging.
"The field of mobilities can help us think across a lot of different areas," said Sheller. "Mobility justice, for example, looks at how people move through streets or across borders, and looks to make voices currently excluded have a more important voice for transport planning and urban development."
The topic further explores how communications technology, from ride-sharing applications to online delivery services, changes the way people move.
"These technologies are reshaping movement, but we also need to step back and ask if they are helpful in making a more equitable city or if they're intensifying inequality," said Sheller.
Sheller is professor of Sociology and founding director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University in Philadelphia and helped established the new interdisciplinary field of mobilities research. She is founding co-editor of the journal Mobilities and past president of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility. She is author or co-editor of 10 books and author of numerous highly cited articles. In 2015, she was awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa from Roskilde University in Denmark and was distinguished visiting scholar in Global Communication at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in fall 2016.
This event is led by Judith Nicholson, associate professor in Laurier's Department of Communication Studies and funded by Laurier's Office of the Provost and Vice-President: Academic; the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, International Migration Research Centre, Balsillie School of International Affairs and Centre for International Governance Innovation.
Media and the general public are welcome to attend the event. Professor Sheller is available for interviews.
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