Book in press ” Moving Towards Transition: Commoning Mobility for a Low-Carbon Future”


Together with my fellow co-authors we are happy to announce that our book is scheduled to out at the end of 2021 as part of Just Sustainabilities series of Zed Books/Bloomsbury.


“For anyone interested in the prospects of mobility transitions as we come out of the coronavirus pandemic, this book offers crucial approaches to understanding the complex interplay of movement, meaning, and practice, within constellations of power and policy at many different scales. It spans a remarkably wide array of regions and case studies, and will be an indispensable guide to making future mobile worlds possible.” –  Mimi Sheller, Director, Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, Drexel University

“This exciting book offers a much-needed approach to understanding transitions in everyday mobility, grounded in mobilities thinking and informed by numerous case-studies worldwide. Rather than offering a generic framework, it examines mobility transitions on their own terms in a manner that is at once social, political and geographical, and highlights the importance of power and justice. A must-read for every student, researcher and policymaker wondering how transport can move beyond its carbon dependence.” –  Tim Schwanen, Professor of Transport Studies and Geography, University of Oxford

“To respond to the climate emergency we have to fundamentally rethink how we move around. Moving Towards Transition helps us to do exactly that. For policy makers, students and researchers alike, this book introduces and interrogates the critical challenge of our age – how we rebuild our mobility systems in ways that are zero-carbon and socially-just. This important book offers us a route to common mobility beyond our individual neoliberal world.” –  Paul Chatterton. Professor of Urban Futures. School of Geography, University of Leeds, UK


Commoning mobility: a dialogue

Since the beginning of working on the concept of commoning mobility, I wanted to discuss it not only with fellow scholars but also with urban planners: does the concept resonate with them? At some point Jan Duffhues, a city official from the city of Amsterdam, read my work and asked if we could discuss it. We did, and we thought this exchange could be of interest to others, so we wrote a short paper together in the form of dialogue. We will present it on 26 September at the conference The Great Transformation: On the Future of Modern Societies at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. You can download the paper here

Commoning Mobility. Public Debate at Pakhuis de Zwijger


During the Cities & Mobilities Seminar Series more than 100 scholars, students, experts from public and private sector, artists and activists met each other and exchanged thoughts on how mobilities shape cities. We spoke about bikes and buses, tourism and AirBnB, homelessness and accessibility, transitions to sustainable mobility, borders, suburbia, public space, liveability, street markets…

It is time to bring some of the insights and questions from our discussion to the public and talk about Amsterdam – a crossroads of transnational and daily mobilities, a destination and a departure point, a city made and remade through mobility day by day.

So on November 14 at 20:00 we meet at Pakhuis de Zwijger to have an open discussion about the ways we talk about mobility, the ways we practice it and plan for it. Can we start commoning mobility?

Speakers: Marco te Brömmelstroet, UvA (aka @fietsprofessor), Thalia Verkade (De Correspondent), Jan Duffhues (City of Amsterdam), Zeeger Ernsting (City Council of Amsterdam), Bart Stuart (Buro Spelen), Ananda Groag (ShareNL), Anna Nikolaeva, UvA/UU. Moderated by Luca Bertolini (UvA), made possible by the Centre of Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

The programme, some resources and signing up:  Pakhuis de Zwijger page.