Mobilities Journal

Mobilities, an international journal, publishes original, theoretically-informed research which is international in scope as well as in authorship. The journal seeks to address topical issues and foster scholarly debate.

Mimi Sheller, PhD, is co-editor of the international journal Mobilities, which examines both the large-scale movements of people, objects, capital, and information across the world, as well as more local processes of daily transportation, movement through public spaces, and the travel of material things in everyday life. Recent developments in transportation and communications infrastructures, along with new social and cultural practices of mobility, present new challenges for the coordination and governance of mobilities and for the protection of mobility rights and access. This has elicited many new research methods and theories relevant for understanding the connections between diverse mobilities and immobilities.

Mobilities Areas of Publication

  • Mobile spatiality and temporality
  • Sustainable and alternative mobilities
  • Mobile rights and risks
  • New social networks and mobile media
  • Immobilities and social exclusions
  • Tourism and travel mobilities
  • Migration and diasporas
  • Transportation and communication technologies
  • Transitions in complex systems

Peer Review Statement

All submissions to this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by up to three referees.

Notes for Contributors

Manuscripts should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words, and should be sent electronically to: (Chicago Author-Date layout).


Professor Kevin Hannam: Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Professor Mimi Sheller: Drexel University, USA
Professor John Urry: Lancaster University, UK

Tranfers Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies

Transfers is emerging as a key peer-reviewed platform for new research into the practices, experiences and representations of disparate mobilities. We aim to “rethink mobility” in the widest possible terms and from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives. Intellectually rigorous, wide ranging, and conceptually innovative, Transfers combines the empiricism of traditional mobility history with more recent theoretical approaches in the social sciences and the humanities. We interpret ‘transfers’ in its many senses: to move, shift, transmit, transform, change, and convey.

The journal’s scholarly essays, film, book and exhibition reviews, artwork, photography and special features are devoted to the ways in which mobilities have been enabled, shaped and mediated across time and through technological changes. We are interested in analyses of past and present experiences of vehicle drivers, passengers, pedestrians, migrants and refugees; accounts of the arrival and transformation of mobilities in different nations and locales; and investigations into the kinetic processes of global capital, technology, chemical and biological substances, images, narratives, sounds, and ideas.

We especially encourage contributions that ‘rethink mobility’ through a transnational, multimodal, or transdisciplinary perspective, and those dealing with subversive (non-hegemonic) and subaltern (non-Eurocentric) mobilities, including a focus on the infrastructures and practices of mobility that contribute to uneven forms of access.



Gijs Mom, Eindhoven University of Technology

Associate Editors:

Georgine Clarsen, The University of Wollongong
Nanny Kim, University of Heidelberg
Peter Merriman, University of Aberystwyth
Mimi Sheller, Drexel University, Philadelphia
Heike Weber, Technical University of Berlin


Reports@mCenter is a new online publication series produced by researchers at the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy. The reports are designed to address current policy issues, showing how new theoretical perspectives and academic research can inform policy making and public issues.

Reports@mCenter: Vol.1 No.1 (December 2010)

“Challenging the King of the Road: Designing for Bicycles in American Cities” (pdf)
by Jacob Bjerre Mikkelsen (Visiting Scholar)

Additional Publications

  • Sheller M. ‘Mobile Mediality: Locations, Dislocations, Augmentation’, in Kesselring, S., Vogl, G. and Witzgall, S. (eds), New Mobilities Regimes: The Analytical Power of Social Sciences and Arts (Aldershot, Burlington: Ashgate, 2012).
  • Sheller, M. ‘Mobile Sociologies’, forthcoming in The Handbook of Mobilities, eds. Adey, P., Bissell, D., Hannam, K., Merriman, P. and Sheller, M. (London: Routledge, in press, 2014).
  • Sheller, M. ‘Islanding Effects: Mobility Systems and Humanitarian Logistics in Post-Earthquake Haiti’, Cultural Geographies special issue on Islanding Geographies (2012) DOI: 10.1177/1474474012438828.
  • Sheller, M. (2011) ‘Mobility’, in Sociopedia (an online database published by the International Sociological Association).
  • Sheller, M. ‘Air Mobilities on the US-Caribbean Border: Open Skies and Closed Gates’, Communication Review, Vol. 13: 4 (2010): 269-288.
  • Sheller, M. ‘Creating Sustainable Mobility and Mobility Justice’, pp. 113-124 in Mobile / Immobile: Quels choix, quels droits pour 2030? (Paris: Forum des Vies Mobiles, 2011), 113-23.
  • Sheller, M and Urry, J (eds) Mobile Technologies of the City (London and New York: Routledge, Networked Cities Series, 2006).
  • Sheller, M. and Urry, J., ‘Mobile Cities, Urban Mobilities’, Introduction to M. Sheller and J. Urry (eds) Mobile Technologies of the City (London and New York: Routledge, 2006), pp. 1-17.
  • Hannam, K., Sheller, M., Urry, J. ‘Mobilities, Immobilities and Moorings’, Editorial Introduction to Mobilities, 1: 1 (March 2006): 1-22.
  • M. Sheller and J. Urry, ‘The New Mobilities Paradigm’, Environment and Planning A, ‘Materialities and Mobilities’, 38 (2006): 207-26.
  • Sheller, M. ‘Mobile Publics: Beyond the Network Perspective’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 22: 1 (February 2004): 39-52.
  • Sheller, M. and Urry, J., ‘Mobile Transformations of “Public” and “Private” Life’, Theory, Culture and Society, 20: 3 (2003), pp. 107-125.