Principal Investigators: Shauna Brail and Betsy Donald
Mobility is essential to urban life. It contributes to people’s ability to access work, food, education, leisure and more. Over the past decade, innovation in digital technologies has resulted in significant disruption in urban mobilities. Emerging mobility technologies, such as ride hailing, have the potential to transform how people move in cities, how mobilities are regulated and governed, and whether emerging mobility technologies contribute to, or detract from, urban economic vibrancy.
The Digital Mobilities Lab, funded by SSHRC, explores the geographies of digital mobilities, the platform economy and cities. The project aims to develop scholarship as well as create policy and regulatory insights for governments, urban policy think-tanks, and transportation institutes. It is a research network of scholars, government and industry collaborators, and students working to better understand the possibilities, impacts, and future-state of mobile technologies and urban transportation across Canadian cities. At the Digital Mobilities Lab, our goal is to build scholarship, advance knowledge and offer policy solutions that address the realities of the emerging platform economy in Canadian cities. Leveraging the strengths of a multidisciplinary teams, the Digital Mobilities Lab i working to better understand the possibilities, impacts, and future state of mobile technologies and urban transportation across Canadian cities.