Transitions to more sustainable and just mobilities require moving beyond technocentrism and rethinking the very meaning of mobility in cities and societies. This working paper by CUS member Anna Nikolaeva and colleagues demonstrates that such rethinking is inherently political and requires engagement with wider debates on the politics of transitions.
The paper focuses on recent theorisations of the commons and sharing practices that have gained traction in geographic and urban studies literatures. Drawing on global comparative research on low-carbon mobility transitions, this paper argues that critical mobilities scholars can rethink and expand the understading of mobility through engagement with commons thinking. Moreover, it develops a new concept, ‘commoning mobility’, that can help realise fairer and greener mobilities and more inclusive, collaboratively governed cities.
This paper has now been published open access in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.