Towards a ‘Meaning’-ful Analysis of the Temporalities of Mobility Practices: Implications for Sustainability

  • Katerina Psarikidou


This chapter argues for the value of taking a more relational and situated understanding of the temporality of mobility practices. While there are dominant meanings of how temporal dichotomies relate to mobility practices, these are challenged by the multiplicity and relativity of meanings people attribute to their practices. Drawing on research conducted in Birmingham, UK, the chapter details how people’s experiences of mobility are made meaningful in relation to different dimensions of temporalities, as well as wider, complex intersections of temporalities, practices and materialities. Focusing on the temporal dimensions of speed, duration and rhythmicity, it argues that since multiple temporalities are already embedded in people’s understandings of mobility, these should be more carefully represented and analysed in discussions of sustainability and possible mobility transitions.



This chapter draws on research conducted for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Liveable Cities Programme (grant agreement EP/J017698/1). Thanks are extended to the interview and focus group participants of this research for their time and very valuable input. The author is grateful to Professor John Urry who was co-investigator in the research programme and her research supervisor. Many thanks are also extended to the two anonymous reviewers and the editors of the book, especially Dr Allison Hui for her insightful feedback.


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  • Katerina Psarikidou
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