About the mobil.LAB

Research Areas

The framework of the second phase of the mobil.LAB is Shaping Mobility Cultures. This takes into account the need for a profound change of perspective from transport to mobility. The research programme is divided into four research areas:

  • New mobility concepts
  • Changing mobility practice
  • Transition from transport to mobility policies
  • Sustainable mobility cultures

Currently we have fellows doing research related to housing and everyday mobilities, mobilities for low-income groups, sharing mobilities, work-related mobility and cycling cultures.  These projects reflect the different backgrounds of our researchers, and are situated within and across disciplines such as engineering, sociology, geography, political science, environmental studies and urban planning.  More details about the individual researchers and their projects can be found here.   

Background of the Group

The mobil.LAB was established in 2011 as a doctoral research group working closely together with professors and researchers active in the field of transport and mobility at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).  As the mobil.LAB entered its second phase in 2016, it also became a partnership between TUM and Nürtingen-Geislingen University (HfWU). The group is financially supported by the Hans Böckler Foundation (HBS), and is based around PhD fellows financed by stipends from this foundation.  We also have a number of associated PhD fellows working within our framework from TUM and HfWU, and these fellows are also involved in and contribute to mobil.LAB activities.      

The interdisciplinary nature of the group gives us a variety of different perspectives on our themes, and helps create some dynamic discussions both within the group and with external partners.  The research topics of the group focus on mobility cultures, transport, housing, urban planning and structure, sharing economies, spatial modelling and more. All the projects in the group relate however to the overall framework of Shaping Mobility Cultures.  The projects and more information on the doctoral researchers in the group can be found here. 

The group is represented by two speakers (Prof. Gebhard Wulfhorst and Prof. Sven Kesselring), and is coordinated day-to-day by Cat Silva, one of the mobil.LAB doctoral fellows. They contribute to guiding the research of the group, organising and facilitating events, and aim to build a fruitful and supportive academic environment.  Each doctoral researcher has at least two academic supervisors.

Sustainable Mobility in Metropolitan Regions

The work of a number of the fellows from the first phase of the mobil.LAB was published in 2016 in the book Sustainable Mobility in Metropolitan Regions (Wulfhorst & Klug (eds.), 2016).  The book highlights themes around sustainable mobility, such as sustainable modes, regional governance and spatial analysis.  These themes are examined in the case of the metropolitan region of Munich.  The book also deals with the general understanding of sustainable mobility within the mobil.LAB, and points towards the mobil.LAB's second phase through a discussion of mobility cultures.