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Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy

Submit to this Special Issue on: Socio-cultural Dimensions of Mobility Transitions to Come

Deadline: 30 April 2019

About the Special Issue

Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy (SSPP) welcomes submissions for a special issue on Socio-cultural Dimensions of Mobility Transitions to Come. The present organization of the mobility sector raises major challenges for sustainable development. Many cities and regions are struggling with congestion, air and noise pollution, road-safety issues, effective use of space, degradation of urban landscapes, greenhouse-gas emissions contributing to climate change, and mobility-imposed forms of social exclusion. The complexity of these issues—as well as lock-ins, ambiguities, and uncertainties—additionally hamper problem-solving strategies. In the wake of “Dieselgate,” the legitimacy problems of various actors such as car manufacturers and business associations complicate transportation governance, but contemporary circumstances also open up windows of opportunity. Civil society organizations, citizen initiatives, transportation planners, policy makers, and innovative start-ups challenge the dominant (auto-)mobility regime.

Many observers hope that technological developments in the mobility sector will facilitate change toward more sustainable arrangements of actors and resources and contribute to effective improvements. Emergent trends related to shared mobility, electrified micro-mobility vehicles such as pedelecs and e-scooters, big data to facilitate “smart” organization of traffic, apps for encouraging intermodal mobility, and autonomous vehicles are increasingly gaining ground in everyday practices. Moreover, a growing number of future visions are inspiring lively academic and public debate about mobility systems to come. Especially topical issues are digitalization and its impact on communication among humans, technology, and infrastructures and the potential impact of drones to potentially revolutionize logistics and aviation.

Surprisingly, both in academic and public debates, the sociocultural dimensions of mobility and the degree to which it is interwoven with sustainability often receive less attention. While technical and economic perspectives on future mobility are still dominant, geographic approaches on the re-configuration of space, discourse theory, practice theories, science and technology studies, as well as social psychological theories also contribute to a deeper understanding of ongoing mobility transitions, shedding light on the often-neglected sociocultural dimensions.


This special issue aims to gather contributions on the co-constitution of society and technology in the domain of mobility. It seeks to address a number of questions including:

Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy

Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

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  • How are mobile subjects constructed in discourses about sustainable future mobility?
  • How does the governance of mobility change with increasing automatization and digitalization? Which (different) role(s) do or can individuals play in transitions toward sustainable mobility systems?
  • How and in which ways do publics become involved in the making of (potentially sustainable) mobility futures (e.g., citizen science or co-creation)?
  • How are urban mobility cultures changing?
  • How do individuals perceive mobility futures and related policies?
  • How are future visions of mobility promoted and put into practice by different actors?
  • What kinds of new practices and mobility patterns are emerging?
  • How do future mobilities reinforce existing social inequalities or create new ones?

Instructions for Authors

Papers for consideration for this special issue should advance perspectives and cultivate inter- and transdisciplinary discussions involving researchers, policy makers, and members of civil society organizations.

We especially encourage submissions that provide conceptual and/or theoretical frameworks to access emergent and expected developments and present empirical research on current transitions in the mobility sector with regard to their sociocultural dimensions.

Authors are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 400 words. The deadline for abstract submission is 30 April 2019. Notifications of acceptance to prepare a full paper will be made by mid-May. Please email your abstract to: antonia.graf@uni-muenster.de and marco.sonnberger@zirius.uni-stuttgart.de. In the event of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the co-editors.

The deadline for submissions of full papers is 30 September 2019. Manuscripts should be uploaded to the SSPP website before this date.

Fees for open-access publication of accepted manuscripts in this special issue can potentially be covered by the co-editors.

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