Lives, Goods and Technologies in a Mobile World

Mobility, in many different manifestations, is both a driver and an outcome of globalization. Our increasingly digital society can create opportunities, but it also reinforces inequalities. Technologies aid us in everyday tasks and allow us to track and intervene in flows of people, goods and information.  

Through a wide range of methods ranging from qualitative field research in conflict regions, through human and animal tracking to controlled laboratory experiments, we develop theories and contribute to better understandings of mobility and its practices. Our research is influential as scholarship and a direct contribution to policy making.

In this cluster we address questions such as ...

How do digital navigation systems influence spatial cognition and behavior?

How do geographies of global production and consumption emerge?

What can we learn about collective behavior from individual movement data?

How are young people`s lives in Switzerland connected to educational mobility and migration?

24 hours live-in home care services: What is the impact on labor markets and migration?

How can mobile technologies help in monitoring natural hazards?

What shapes the spatial production of political order at the margins of a globalizing world?