Category Archives: Transportation and Mobility

The 'burbs

The suburbs. Victims of abuse and scorn and the net curtain twitching middle classes. A new exhibition at the London Transport Museum explores the suburbs and Joe Moran, that  ethnographer of the mundae par excellence, has written a short piece for the FT outlining … Continue reading

I used PowerPoint

Back from EPIC2008 and the dust is settling. That post-conference euphoria, a sense of existential communitas created by being in seclusion amongst like minded individuals soon dissipates on return to the cube farm. I'm going to commit some more thoughts … Continue reading


Anyone getting in a cab at Dublin airport will be promptly told by the driver that there are now more cabs in County Dublin than New York city and that their livelihood is threatened both by the regulators and the … Continue reading

The Self Sustaining Serendipity Engine?

I don’t quite get Dopplr. Yet. Maybe I’m missing something, maybe I’m looking too hard. Maybe I’m looking in the wrong place. Or perhaps what I’m looking for (I don’t know what it is) is yet to be built. First, … Continue reading

Ten Things: Mobility in Later Life

For me, much of this year has been spent understanding the impact of mobility on the lives of older people. My team and I wrote a report on our ethnography with five rural transport projects in Ireland – contact me … Continue reading

Ethnography, Transportation and Older People

With ethnography so in vogue nowadays there is barely a domain, particularly one where commercial opportunity might present itself, that does not have an ‘ethnographic’ study conducted on it. When my team at Intel started to conduct some work examining … Continue reading