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Re-thinking Mobility Poverty
Understanding Users' Geographies, Backgrounds and Aptitudes

ISBN 9780367333300
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
316 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book seeks to better conceptualise and define mobility poverty, addressing both its geographies and socio-economic landscapes. It moves beyond the analysis of ‘transport poverty’ and innovatively explores mobility inequalities and social construction of mobility disadvantages.

The debate on mobility poverty is gaining momentum due to its role in triggering social exclusion and economic deprivation. In this light, this book examines the social construction of mobility poverty by delving into mobility patterns and needs as they are differently experienced by social groups in different geographical situations. It considers factors such as the role of transport regimes and their social value when analysing the social construction of individual´s mobility needs. Furthermore, the gaps between articulated and unarticulated needs are identified by observing actual travel patterns of individuals. The book offers a comparison of the global phenomenon through fieldwork conducted in six different European countries – Greece, Portugal, Italy, Luxembourg, Romania and Germany.

This book will be useful reading for planners, sociologists, geographers, mobility/transport researchers, mobility advocates, policy-makers and transport practitioners.

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Table of Contents

Foreword: A Mobility Justice Lens on Mobility Poverty

Mimi Sheller


Tobias Kuttler and Massimo Moraglio

Part 1: Social Skills and Individual Aptitudes

1.Learning Mobility

Tobias Kuttler and Massimo Moraglio

2. Unequal Mobilities, Network Capital and Mobility Justice

Tobias Kuttler and Massimo Moraglio

3. The Impact of Life Events on Travel Behaviour

Delphine Grandsart

Part 2: Geographies of Mobility Poverty

4. The Spatial Dimension of Mobility Poverty

Tobias Kuttler

5. The Urban Arena

Tobias Kuttler

6. The Rural Arena

Stefano Borgato, Silvia Maffii and Cosimo Chiffi

Part 3: Societal Roots and Impacts

7. Women and Gender-Related Aspects

Stefano Borgato, Silvia Maffii, Patrizia Malgieri and Cosimo Chiffi

8. People on Low Income and Unemployed Persons

Stefano Borgato, Silvia Maffii and Simone Bosetti

9. Impacts on Mobility in An Ageing Europe

Vasco Reis and André Freitas

10. The Predicaments of European Disabled People

Vasco Reis and André Freitas

11. Migrants, Ethnic Minorities and Mobility Poverty

Patrick Egmond, Tobias Kuttler and Joanne Wirtz

12. Children and Young People

Stefano Borgato, Silvia Maffii and Simone Bosetti

Part 4: The Fieldwork

13. Forced Car Ownership and Forced Bus Usage. Contrasting Realities of Unemployed And Elderly People In Rural Regions: The Case Of Guarda, Portugal

Vasco Reis and André Freitas

14. Perception of Mobility Poverty in Remote Peri-Urban Salento (Italy)

Cosimo Chiffi, Silvia Maffii and Patrizia Malgieri

15. Isolation, Individualism and Sharing: Mobility Poverty in Naxos And Small Cyclades, Greece

Akrivi Vivian Kiousi, Maria-Zoi Konidi and Dariya Rublova

16. Unmet Needs: Exploring Mobility Poverty in Buzău, Romania

Razvan Andrei Gheorghiu and Valentin Iordache

17. Towards an Understanding of The Social Meanings of Mobility – The Case Of Esslingen, Germany

Tobias Kuttler

18. Mobility Poverty in Luxembourg: Crossing Borders, Real Estate, Vulnerable Groups and Migrants

Patrick Van Egmond and Joanne Wirtz


Findings and Conclusions

Tobias Kuttler and Massimo Moraglio

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Tobias Kuttler is a geographer and urban planner, working on urban development,

mobility and social disadvantage. He is a researcher at TU Berlin

and PhD Candidate at TU Munich. He is writing his PhD dissertation on

the transformation of the taxi industry in Mumbai, India.

Massimo Moraglio is a Senior Researcher at Technische Universitat Berlin

and Coordinator of the MBA “Sustainable Mobility”. His work explores

the relationship between technology and society, focusing on scenarios and

transitions. He is a member of the editorial board of Mobilities and Applied

Mobilities, and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Transport History.