Em-‘powering' niche innovations: learning from cycling inequalities

Psarikidou, Katerina (2020) Em-‘powering' niche innovations: learning from cycling inequalities. Applied Mobilities. ISSN 2380-0127

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This paper aims to situate power in ‘niche innovations’ through an investigation of cycling inequalities in the city of Birmingham. Much research has focused on the sustainability and innovation potential of cycling. However, debates usually revolve around the power relations between cycling and the dominant automobility regime, thus ignoring the possible inequalities embedded within niches. This paper aims to contribute to such analyses by unfolding the multiple inequalities and relations of exclusion that can be embedded in the practice of cycling. Drawing on Mobilities research for the EPSRC Liveable Cities programme, it focuses on the car-dependent city of Birmingham, in order to explore cycling as a practice with various socio-material, infrastructural, political and economic entanglements that can embed, reproduce or generate new socio-spatial inequalities, processes of gentrification and immobilities. Through such analysis, this paper aims to situate power in examining niche innovations. However, it also aims to underline that understanding and addressing such inequalities are central for not only locating cycling in the centre of developing a more sustainable mobility future, but also enabling a more sustainable future for cycling itself.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2020 08:25
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2021 01:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/90141

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