Mobility and Geographical Scales

SCIENCES - Infrastructure and Mobility Networks Geography

Mobility and Geographical Scales

Edited by

Guillaume Drevon, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Vincent Kaufmann, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

ISBN : 9781789450644

Publication Date : September 2023

Hardcover 264 pp

165.00 USD



The concept of mobility has grown enormously over the last two decades. A large part of the social sciences has been interested in the different forms of mobility, from a wide variety of spatial and temporal scales.

This book presents the different spatial and temporal scales of mobility and the way in which they form a system, by associating them with essential and original research objects. It provides an in-depth review of scientific knowledge, a perspective on major societal issues, analytical tools and a discussion on the main current academic debates.

The authors highlight the need to take into account both the spatial and temporal scales of mobility in order to address contemporary environmental and societal issues. The book invites us to think about the entanglement of these different scales from the analysis of rhythms by founding a rhythmology of contemporary mobilities.


1. Collective Thinking About Mobility Scales, Vincent Kaufmann and Guillaume Drevon.
2. A Society with No Respite: Mobility as an Interdisciplinary Concept, Christophe Mincke.
3. Mobility Justice as a Political Object, Caroline Gallez.
4. Appropriations and Uses of Travel Time: How to Inhabit Mobility, Juliana Gonzalez.
5. Designing Space for Walking as the Primary Mode of Travel, Sébastien Lord and Mathilde Loiselle.
6. Residential Trajectories and Ways of Living: An Overview of France and Europe, Samuel Carpentier-Postel.
7. City, State, Transnational Space: Scales and Multidisciplinary Approaches of Migrations, Garance Clément and Camille Gardesse.
8. Work and High Mobility in Europe, Emmanuel Ravalet.
9. Event-Driven Mobility: From a Theoretical Approach to Practical Management, Pascal Viot.
10. Inland Navigation: Rethinking Mobility from an Aquatic Perspective, Laurie Daffe.
11. Temporary Mobilities and Neo-Nomadism, Arnaud Le Marchand.
12. Towards a Rhythmology of Mobile Societies, Guillaume Drevon and Vincent Kaufmann.

About the authors/editors

Guillaume Drevon is a researcher at the Luxembourg Institute of Socioeconomic Research (LISER), and an associate researcher at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. His work focuses on the transformation of individual and collective rhythms in contemporary societies.

Vincent Kaufmann is professor of urban sociology and mobility analysis at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, and scientific director of the Forum Vies Mobiles. His work focuses on mobility and the transformation of contemporary societies and territories.