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Changing mobility cultures

A new research project at the IfL deals with mobility reforms and conflicts. It is headed by the mobility researcher and Eastern Europe expert Wladimir Sgibnev

In order to achieve global sustainability goals such as limiting global warming, the forms and cultures of mobility must change fundamentally. At the IfL, Dr Wladimir Sgibnev is currently setting up a new Leibniz Junior Research Group which will examine mobility reforms and conflicts over the next five years. Empirically, the group is turning its attention to post-socialist cities. "Here, the mobility-related transformations of the past decades have become particularly striking," explains project leader Wladimir Sgibnev, who coordinates research on mobility and migration at the IfL.

Together with the postdoc researchers Dr Lela Rekhviashvili and Dr Lyubomir Pozharliev and two doctoral students, Sgibnev wants to focus on influencing factors such as digitalisation, modernisation and globalisation. A decolonial perspective will be adopted to allow for more complex interpretations of social change. The international and interdisciplinary project team is of the opinion that, in order to change mobility cultures in a sustainable way, the existing political strategies, described as technocratic and Eurocentric, must become more inclusive and sensitive to the everyday experiences of mobility users.


The research project Contentious mobilities: rethinking mobility transitions through a decolonial lens established at IfL is one of three projects funded by the Leibniz Association in the programme "Leibniz Junior Research Groups" for the period 2020 to 2025. The programme is aimed at postdoctoral researchers with an excellent track record who are keen to take on a professorship or similar academic role. As leaders of a Leibniz Junior Research Group, they are given the opportunity to pursue their own research projects and establish themselves in their respective fields.

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Dr Wladimir Sgibnev