Swiss Mobility Conference


20 & 21 October 2016 – University of Lausanne


The Swiss Mobility Conference (SMC) is the result of a collaboration between the chairs of urban sociology (EPFL) and geography of mobilities (UNIL). Its objective is to provide a place for discussion and debate for researchers in social sciences working on various forms of mobility.

Presentations will take place both in English and French (no simultaneous translation is planned during the conference) and will address mobilities in their diversity, revolving around the following themes:

  • theoretical debates
  • methodological innovations
  • public policy and decision making in mobility
  • regulation of mobility and its tools
  • the actors and their logics of action (residential choice, modal practices, multilocal living, etc.)
  • the norms and values underlying mobility and social inequality
  • temporality and spatiality of mobility
  • mobility prospective


  • Laboratoire de sociologie urbaine, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Institut de géographie et durabilité, Université de Lausanne


V. Kaufmann; C. Pelgrims; L. Francou : Mobilités, ancrages et inégalités. Actualité du concept de motilité; Urbanités. 2019-02-18.


A. A. R. Rigal : Changer le mode de vie, changer la mobilité. Lausanne, EPFL, 2018. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-8339.


Conference Papers

V. Kaufmann : Re-Thinking Mobility. 2018-12-17. Invited Conference, Tongji University, Shanghai, December 17, 2018.

Conference Proceedings

V. Brunfaut; V. d'Auria; B. De Meulder; L. Morreto; K. Shannon : The Production, Use and Dissemination of Urban Knowledge in Cities of the South. 2010. N-Aerus XI.


D. P. Christie; D. Villeneuve; F. A. De Oliveira Simas; E. Ravalet; V. Kaufmann : When walking peters out: investigating distance-decay and time-decay for daily walking ; Active Living Research Conference, Banff, Canada, 11-14 February 2018.


M. A. Messer; S. Utz; R. Niederoest; E. Ravalet : Effets potentiels d'une offre commerciale étoffée à Paris-Austerlitz sur les dynamiques locales du commerce. 2019-01-31.


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