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Mobility

Consumption generates mobility and vice versa. In the theme Mobility the relationship between cities, mobility / logistics and consumption patterns is in focus and a key question is how increased understanding of these can generate knowledge about sustainable urban living.

The theme Mobility started in 2010 in an interdisciplinary collaboration between the University of Gothenburg and the University of Toulouse II, France, where researchers developed a common basis for the study of consumer logistics under the broader theme of mobility.

The main theoretical perspective is actor-network theory, which we apply in the analysis of everyday consumption, logistics, and the carrying devices (eg plastic or paper bags) and the socio-technical mobility systems (eg public transport, car traffic and cycling) used for the transport of goods from store and home. The primary methodological approaches are qualitative and quantitative ethnography, and archival studies.

Areas immersed in case studies are:

  • consumption logistics from a historical perspective, focusing on the city changes and changes in the retail trade
  • consumption logistics of families with children, students and senior citizens
  • the impact of new mobility schemes such as municipal bikes for rent on people's mobility and consumption patterns
  • Socio-cultural dimensions affect the everyday consumer logistics and represent important analytical perspectives in the understanding of how and why mobility and consumption patterns look like they do today. And how we may change them in the future.


Future consumption logistics constitutes a "case study" itself in the theme of mobility and serves as a sounding board for our scientists to discuss research with representatives from industry, local government and politics, and thus deepen the relationship between scientific research and practitioners in the field.

Current project

Consumer logistics

 

Page Manager: Carina Gråbacke|Last update: 6/25/2014
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