Traces of a Mobile Field: Ten Years of Mobilities Research

Mobilities 11 (1) 1-14 (2016)

15 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2016

Date Written: January 18, 2016


Since the launch of this journal ten years ago, the field of mobilities research has developed at a rapid pace. In this editorial introduction we explore how this development has been curated, how the field has evolved, and what maturation might mean for mobilities research. After reviewing how early editorials encouraged particular trajectories of development within mobilities research, we introduce the paper in this special issue, which build upon and re-shape key discussions that have emerged in the last decade. Drawing out issues of power, interdisciplinarity, social processes and futures, the papers raise important questions about not only how understandings of mobilities are changing, but also how the field of mobilities research is itself on the move. Taking up these themes, we examine how understanding mobilities research as a field, following Bourdieu (1984), contributes to considerations of the potential for future struggles, fragmentation, and sub-disciplines. We argue that the open nature and strategic diversity of the mobilities field has fed the successes of the past decade, and therefore needs to remain a priority in the future – with a careful balance curated between convergence around key themes and the exploration of varied ‘internal goods’ (MacIntyre 1985) which remain an important source of inspiration and creative potential within the field.

Keywords: mobilities, fields, futures, internal goods, interdisciplinary, power, academic practices

Suggested Citation

Faulconbridge, James and Hui, Allison, Traces of a Mobile Field: Ten Years of Mobilities Research (January 18, 2016). Mobilities 11 (1) 1-14 (2016) . Available at SSRN:

James Faulconbridge (Contact Author)

Lancaster University ( email )

Lancaster LA1 4YX
United Kingdom

Allison Hui

Lancaster University ( email )

Lancaster LA1 4YX
United Kingdom

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