Noel Cass’ “Mobiles for Mobility: A Reflection and Proposal”

On February 12th, 2019 the Centre for Mobilities Research hosted a research colloquium on behalf of Noel Cass, who works in the Organisation, Work and Technology (OW&T) department of Lancaster University Management School. This department draws upon sociological topics such as STS and practice theory to inform their research and work. During his talk, Noel spoke of his publications and research on the topic of mobility, but specifically on Autonomobility, Disruptions in travel and Demand Responsive Transport (DRT).

Noel’s talk began with an introduction to his doctoral thesis “Local authority responses to climate change: a discursive and cultural analysis” and continued on into his most recent project Mobile-Age, which co-created an app that seeks to help older residents of South Lakeland maintain social connectedness in their rural location. The app tailors event searches to the users’ preferences, performs travel planning, and includes downloadable age-friendly maps, weather information, and the location of local toilets and benches are; all in a bid to assist the mobility of the elderly.

Noel is developing a proposal for future research to study the possibilities of linking such mobile technologies with Demand Responsive Travel, to simultaneously identify and resolve unsatisfied mobility demand, particularly of the carless and socially excluded.

Noel is co-organising a session on the topic of “Shapes of socio-ecologically sustainable mobility regimes” at the “The Great Transformation: On the Future of Modern Societies Conference” held at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany on 23-27th September 2019.

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