Future Mobilities

New mobilities technologies, communities and aspirations are rapidly shaping. Autonomous vehicles and drones promise to take to our roads and skies. Our movement through the world, as we walk, cycle or run is datafied through the use of wearables, and other everyday tracking technologies. New virtual alternatives to longer distance physical travel are increasingly refined, and integrated with everyday mobilities. These and other shifts in mobilities technologies, services communities and personal trajectories are changing the landscape of everyday mobility and their implications for how humans, machines and other non-humans experience, learn or move through the world.

Our research in this theme examines near and far future mobilities through a focus on the social, cultural and experiential dimensions of mobilities in the present and future. With our international academic and industry partners in Sweden and Brazil we have:

  • Developed new design anthropological approaches and insights relating to Autonomous Driving (AD) cars, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and automated and connected safety.
  • Across Sweden and Australia we have examined how people use everyday self tracking technologies to understand their activity and movement through the world, and how this relates to cycle commuting through the city.
  • Collaborated with sound and acoustic designers and artists to create new understandings of how people experience motorway noise and the impact of noise transformation and cancellation technologies on the experience of public space.
  • Collaborated with Drone designers and developers to understand …
  • Explore how virtual alternatives to air travel can become part of sustainable future mobilities
  • Gained new insights into what it means to move through cities where automated technologies of, for example lighting or cycling tracking data, shape part of how urban mobility is now experienced.

Professor Sarah Pink is a world leading design anthropologist, known for her development of innovative digital, visual and sensory research and dissemination methodologies, which she engages in interdisciplinary projects with design, engineering and creative practice disciplines to engage with contemporary issues and challenges. She has over 20 years experiences of working with academic and industry research partners internationally and frequently gives keynote and public lectures in academic and business environments internationally. She has published numerous academic books, peer referred journal articles and book chapters. Sarah leads the Future Mobilities research program.


Co-designing future smart urban mobility services -  a human approach (AHA)

Design ethnographic living labs for future urban mobility – a human approach (AHA II)

Contact: Sarah Pink

Email: sarah.pink@monash.edu