Sharon Wilson


My research interests are in tourism mobilities, events and society, cultural tourism and the creative industries.  I am also the founder of the MFRN (Mobilities Futures Research Network) who as inter-disciplinary researcher that crosses the borders of cultural geographies, embodiment theory, transport ontologies and transhumanist theories, it is hoped that this forum will be a platform to aid other researchers to share thoughts, ideas and imaginaries about the mobile world.

Tel: 07951713210

Malene Freudendal – Pedersen


From the Cosmobilities Network that connects European scientists working in the field of mobility research, works at the Department of People and Technology Space, Place, Mobility and Urban Studies, Designing Human Technologies, Roskilde University.

The focus for my research is on understanding modern everyday life and the transport and mobilities that frame and enable this life. How individuals experience, evaluate or describe their mobilities and what propels their actions is important to understand if we aim at more sustainable mobilities in the future. My background is interdiciplinary linking sociology, geography, urban planning and the sociology of technology which i for many years have used to investigate praxis’s of mobilities and its significance for (future) cities. The outset is understanding the interrelation between spatial and digital mobilities and its impacts on everyday life, societies and environments.I am the co-manager of the international Cosmobilities Network and founder and co-editor of the  journal Applied Mobilities.

Sven Kesselring


Sven Kesselring from the Cosmobilities Network that connects European scientists working in the field of mobility research, holds a PhD and a doctoral degree in sociology. He is research professor in ‘Automotive Management: Sustainable Mobilities’ at Nuertingen-Geislingen University and research fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University. He is the co-director of the PhD program ‘Sustainable Mobility in Metropolitan Regions’, jointly organized by Technical University Munich and Nuertingen-Geislingen University and the editor of the journal ‘Applied Mobilities’ (Taylor & Francis) and the book series Networked Urban Mobilities (Routledge).

Recent publications:

Freudendal-Pedersen, M., & Kesselring, S. (Eds.). (2018). Exploring networked urban mobilities: Theories, concepts, ideas (1st). Networked urban mobilities series: volume 1. New York, NY: Routledge.

Jensen, O. B., Kesselring, S., & Sheller, M. (Eds.). (2018). Mobilities and Complexities: Routledge.

Kesselring, S., & Tschoerner, C. (2016). The Deliberative Practice of Vision Mobility 2050: Vision-making for Sustainable Mobility in the Region of Munich? Transportation Research Procedia, 19, 380–391.

Kesselring, S. (2015). Planning in Motion. The New Politics of Mobility in Munich. In: Pucci, Paola; Colleoni, Matteo. Understanding Mobilities for Designing Contemporary Cities. Springer International, pp. 67-85.

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Professor Stephen Graham


Stephen Graham is an academic and author who researches cities and urban life. He is Professor of Cities and Society at the Global Urban Research Unit and is based in Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

Professor Graham has a background in Geography, Planning and the Sociology of Technology. His research centres, in particular, on:

* Vertical aspects of cities and urban life

* Links between cities, technology and infrastructure

* Urban aspects of surveillance

* The mediation of urban life by digital technologies; and

* Links between security, militarisation and urban life.

Writing, publishing and lecturing across many countries and a variety of disciplines, Professor Graham has been Visiting Professor at MIT and NYU, amongst other institutions. The author, editor or co-author of seven majQualifications

Ph.D. (Science and Technology Policy), Programme for Policy Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (PREST), University of Manchester.

Title: Networking Cities: A Comparison of Urban Telecommunications Initiatives in France and Britain (completed part-time 1992-1996)

1989 M.Phil. (Town and Country Planning), University of Newcastle upon Tyne?(Royal Town Planning Institute Prize)

1986 B.Sc.(Hons.) (Geography), University of Southampton (First Class).

Previous Positions

2005-2010, Professor of Human Geography, Department of Geography, University of Durham

1992-2005 Lecturer, then Reader, then Professor, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University

1999-2000 Full-Time Visiting Professor, Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

1989-1992 Urban Planner, then Economic Development Officer, Sheffield City Council

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Martin Trandberg Jensen


I see myself as an eclectic theorist informed predominantly by poststructural theories deriving from geography, sociology, phenomenology and more recent work within ‘the mobilities turn’. My primary analytic focus lays on issues of embodiment, the politics of affect and the influential role of designed materialities in shaping lived experiences, societies and environments all together.

Current topics that I work with:

  • Tourism and everyday mobilities
  • Developing new multimodal methodologies
  • Sensuous and affective geographies of everyday life
  • Materiality, design and the role of architecture

Phone: 9940 8454

Dr Jen Southern


Jen Southern is an artist, lecturer in Fine Art and New Media, and Director of the Mobilities Lab at the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University. Her work is a hybrid of art practice, mobilities research and speculative software design, and has been exhibited internationally for over 25 years. With an ethos of shared authorship she collaborates with artists, technologists and members of the public to produce live installations that combine material and digital experience. Her current practice develops a mobilities framing of Baradian agential realism involving the co-production of relational landscapes. Unstable Landscapes (Slovenia, 2017) shared the mobile activity of filming with local people, animals, wind currents and footpaths.

For over 25 years Southern has been working with mobilities within art practice, from walking on boardwalks (1991), and in parks (Joyriding in the Land that Time Forgot (1997-2000, UK, Switzerland, Canada, New Zealand), installations in shipping containers Podunk (UK, 1998), explorations in video game clothing (Roam, 2001 – 2003) and learning to fly a light aircraft (Hold 2002-4) and Flight Plan (2003). In 2001, Southern, Jen Hamilton and Chris St Amand, established Satellite Bureau to investigate mobile encounters with sense of place through participatory GPS walking. This culminated in the exhibition Running Stitch (2006-2009, England, Scotland, Japan, Sweden, USA). In 2016 her work with art and mobilities was the subject of a solo exhibition ‘Skylines: A survey of work 2001-2016’. Recent work has been commissioned by In Certain Places (2016), Abandon Normal Devices (2015), National Football Museum (2015) and Mobile Media Studio (Montreal, 2013).

Southern joined the Centre for Mobilities Research in 2008, where she did the first art practice based Phd in mobilities studies. As a passionate advocate for the contribution of art practice to mobilities research Southern curated exhibitions at conferences Global Mobility Futures (2013) and Mobile Utopia: Pasts, Presents, Futures (2018). As director of Mobilities Lab she creates opportunities for artists and academics through fellowships, PhD and post-doc supervision, and a series of workshops and events. Southern has presented art works and papers at PanAmerican mobilities network and Cosmobilities network conferences, resulting in publications in the special issue of Leonardo Electronic Almanac L.A. Re.Play: Mobile Network Culture in Placemaking (2015), Wi Journal of Mobile Media special issue on Mobile Making (2017) and a chapter in Envisioning Networked Urban Mobilities (2017). More widely Southern has published on practice-based research (Canadian Journal of Communications, 2012), co-design (Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2014) and sharing mobilities through locative media (Moving Sites: Investigating Site Specific Dance Performance, 2015)

Contact Details: Department: Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts

Tel: +44 (0)1524 594998


Ole B. Jensen

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Ole B. Jensen is Professor of Urban Theory and Urban Design at the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark. He holds a BA i political science, an MA in sociology, a phd in planning, and a higher doctorate (Dr.) in mobility. His research is oriented towards the relationship between cities as infrastructural landscapes and the social and cultural lifeforms the host. His research is based on the ‘mobilities turn’ and is in particular framed around the notion of ‘mobilities design’. Seeing infrastructures, technologies, and spaces as ‘habitats’ of mobile subjects takes his research into interdisciplinary settings. He is interested in the multi-sensorial and affective/atmospheric entanglements of humans and non-humans in the contemporary urban mobility landscapes. He is the founder and co-director of the Center for Mobilities and Urban Studies (C-MUS). He just completed a research project on the Future of the Airport City, he has conducted field work research on the Metro in Copenhagen, the Sky Train in Bangkok, Drones an urban surveillance, and has just recently been granted a new 4-year research project titled ‘Dark Design – social exclusion in urban space’ that targets hostile design towards homeless people.



Jensen, O. B., C. Lassen, V. Kaufmann, M. Freudendahl-Pedersen & I. S. G. Lange (eds.) (2020) Handbook of Urban Mobilities, London: Routledge

Jensen, O. B., S. Kesselring & M. Sheller (eds.) (2019) Mobilities and Complexities, London: Routledge

Jensen, O. B. & D. B. Lanng (2017) Mobilities Design. Urban designs for mobile situations, London: Routledge

Jensen, O. B. (Ed.) (2015) Mobilities, London: Routledge, vol. I-IV               

Jensen, O. B. (2014) Designing Mobilities, Aalborg: Aalborg University Press

Jensen, O. B. (2013) Staging Mobilities, London: Routledge


Jensen, O. B. (2021) Pandemic disruption, extended bodies, and elastic situations – reflections on COVID-19 and Mobilities, Mobilities,

Jensen, O. B. (2020) Thinking with the Drone – Visual lessons in aerial and volumetric thinking, Visual Studies,

Jensen, O. B. (2016) Of ‘other’ materialities: why (mobilities) design is central to the future of mobilities research, Mobilities, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 587-597,

Jensen, O. B. (2016) Drone City – power, design and aerial mobility in the age of the ‘smart city’, Geographica Helvetica+, vol. 71, no. 2, pp. 67-75, doi:10.5194/gh-71-67-2016        

Jensen, O. B., D. B. Lanng & S. Wind (2016) Mobilities Design – towards a research agenda for applied mobilities research, Applied Mobilities, vol. 1, no. 1, 26-42

Jensen, O. B. (2010) Negotiation in Motion: Unpacking a Geography of Mobility, Space and Culture, vol. 13 (4), pp. 389-402

Jensen, O. B. (2009) Flows of Meaning, Cultures of Movements – Urban Mobility as Meaningful Everyday Life Practice, Mobilities, vol. 4, no. 1, March 2009, pp. 139-158

Jensen, O. B. (2007) City of layers. Bangkok’s Sky Train and How It Works in Socially Segregating Mobility Patterns, Swiss Journal of Sociology, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 387-405

Jensen, O. B. (2006) Facework, Flow and the City – Simmel, Goffman and mobility in the Contemporary City, Mobilities, Vol. 2. No. 2, pp. 143-165


Professor Donna Chambers


I am interested in how people and places are represented primarily through cultural and heritage tourism, the link between heritage and national identities, postcolonial and decolonial epistemologies in research and teaching, visual methods, sexuality and in critical and innovative approaches to tourism research. More recently I have been engaged in gender research generally and specifically within the context of tourism with a particular focus on the intersections between gender and race. I joined the University of Sunderland in 2013 and I’m currently the Head of the newly established Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism Research Institute.

Prior to joining Sunderland, I was employed at the University of Surrey and at Edinburgh Napier University. I also spent five years in the Ministry responsible for tourism in Jamaica prior to coming to the UK in 2000. I hold Masters degrees in International Relations and Tourism Management and a PhD in Tourism from Brunel University. I am a Resource Editor for Annals of Tourism Research, I sit on the editorial board of Leisure Studies and I’m a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am also a lay member of the Central University Research Ethics Committee of the University of Oxford. I am a passionate advocate for equality, justice and anti-discrimination not only in terms of research and pedagogical practices, but within the university community and the wider society.


Chambers, Donna and Rakic, Tijana (2018) Critical Considerations on Gender and Tourism: a Postscript. Tourism, Culture and Communication, 18 (1). pp. 81-84. ISSN 1098-304X

Chambers, Donna and Rakic, Tijana (2018) Critical Considerations on Gender and Tourism: an Introduction. Tourism, Culture and Communication, 18 (1). pp. 1-8. ISSN 1098-304X

Chambers, Donna (2018) Tourism research: beyond the imitation game. Tourism Management Perspectives, 25 (1). pp. 193-195. ISSN 2211-9736

Chambers, Donna, Munar, Ana Maria, Khoo-Lattimore, Catheryn and Biran, Avital (2017) Interrogating gender and the tourism academy through epistemological lens. Anatolia. pp. 1-16.

Munar, Ana Maria, Khoo-Lattimore, Catheryn, Chambers, Donna and Biran, Avital (2017) The academia we have and the one we want: on the centrality of gender equality. Anatolia. pp. 1-15.

Chambers, Donna and Buzinde, Christine (2015) Tourism and decolonisation: locating research and self. Annals of Tourism Research, 51. pp. 1-16. ISSN 0160-7383

Xin, S, Tribe, J and Chambers, Donna (2013) Conceptual Research in Tourism. Annals of Tourism Research, 41. pp. 66-88. ISSN 0160-7383

Rakic, T and Chambers, Donna (2012) Rethinking the consumption of places. Annals of Tourism Research, 39 (3). pp. 1612-1633. ISSN 0160-7383

Tribe, J, Xiao, H and Chambers, Donna (2012) The reflexive journal: inside the black box. Annals of Tourism Research, 39 (1). pp. 7-35. ISSN 0160-7383

Rakic, T and Chambers, Donna (2010) Innovative techniques in tourism research: an exploration of visual methods and academic filmmaking. International Journal of Tourism Research, 12 (4). pp. 379-389. ISSN 1099-2340

Rakic, T and Chambers, Donna (2009) Researcher with a movie camera: visual ethnography in the field. Current Issues in Tourism, 12 (3). pp. 275-290. ISSN 1368-3500

Chambers, Donna and McIntosh, B (2008) Using authenticity to achieve competitive advantage in medical tourism in the English speaking Caribbean. Third World Quarterly, 29 (5). pp. 915-933. ISSN 0143-6597

Rakic, T and Chambers, Donna (2007) World heritage: exploring the tension between the universal and the national. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 2 (3). pp. 145-155. ISSN 1743-873X

Chambers, Donna (2005) Heritage and the nation: an exploration of a discursive relationship. Tourism Analysis, 9 (4). pp. 241-254. ISSN 1083-5423,

Chambers, Donna and Airey, D (2001) Tourism policy in Jamaica: a tale of two governments. Current Issues in Tourism, 4 (2-4). pp. 94-120. ISSN 1368-3500

Book Section

Chambers, Donna and Worrall, Rob (2017) The frontiers of sisterhood: representations of black feminism in Spare Rib (1972-1979). In: Re-reading Spare Rib. Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 159-178. ISBN 978-3-319-49309-1

Chambers, Donna (2016) Decolonisation. In: Encyclopedia of Tourism. Springer, Frankfurt. ISBN 978-3-319-01383-1 (In Press)

Chambers, Donna and Rakic, Tijana (2015) Conclusion: Reflections beyond existing research frontiers. In: Tourism Research Frontiers: beyond the boundaries of knowledge. Tourism Social Science, 20 . Emerald, Bingley, pp. 165-176. ISBN 9781783509935

Charles, E. A. and Chambers, Donna (2015) The Salience of Tourism in Politics. In: Tourism Research Frontiers: Beyond the Boundaries of Knowledge. Emerald. ISBN 978-1-78350-993-5

Chambers, Donna and Rakic, Tijana (2015) Tourism Research Frontiers: an introduction. In: Tourism Research Frontiers: beyond the boundaries of knowledge. Tourism Social Science, 20 . Emerald, Bingley, pp. 1-11. ISBN 9781783509935

Rakic, Tijana and Chambers, Donna (2012) Introducing visual methods to tourism studies. In: An introduction to visual research methods in tourism. Routledge, London, pp. 3-14. ISBN 9780415570046