Cycling & Society presentation

The below slides are due to be presented on Tuesday 15 September 2015 as part of this year’s Cycling & Society symposium in Manchester:

As well as giving a glimpse into my PhD project, I will try to talk about these points:

  • Socialisation. Recently a spotlight has been put on women and cycling in the UK. But what we really mean, I think, is understanding society’s gendered lifestyles, its needs and pressures.
  • Context. Cycling research should try to ‘pin down’ a researched location by understanding  its wider cycling and transport problematics. If not done sensitively, a research angle could end up ignoring structural shortfalls of a place (like lack of enabling infrastructure and sensibly linked and scaled networks – a vital, yet missing, aspect in low-cycling countries).
  • Powerwebs. Research should be tuned into the politics of place. Without ‘seeing power’, it will be so much harder to pinpoint and apportion responsibility and action (for policy impact).

All fairly simple stuff, you may now rightly say. But it’s the stuff I have been grappling with over the last few weeks. The symposium provides a good opportunity to wrap this up and move onwards.

See you there!

The local Freeview 8 channel filmed on the Sunday. Thanks, ThatsManchester

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