In a recent videoconference on Mobile Lives Forum Emmanuel Ravalet thoughtfully challenges preconceived ideas on mobility. He argues conceptually and empirically. Based on the Kaufmann’s concept of motility he distinguishes between be able to move, willing to move and moving. That’s the key to decipher the phenomenon of mobility – in that case the very interesting European panel JobMob – and their apparent contradictions: For instance some one could be highly mobile because he or she is also highly sedentary!
Emmanuel Ravalet is an engineer, socio-economist and Senior Researcher at the Urban Sociology Laboratory (LaSur) at École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is currently investigating segregation, exclusion, and the daily mobility behaviour of city dwellers. He is particularly interested in the spatial expression of the constraints that burden urban stakeholders, resulting in immobility, withdrawal to local neighbourhoods, and imposed mobility.