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8th  New Zealand/Aotearoa Mobilities Symposium - Pavements and paradigms: bringing community back into mobilities

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20-21st November 2017 University of Otago, School of Physiotherapy, Dunedin

Mobilities picMobilities research is expanding in the social sciences and has strong theoretical underpinnings. But how do we ensure that new theories developed in this exciting field make a tangible contribution to our communities? For this symposium we have chosen the ‘pavement’ or ‘footpath’ as a symbol of community mobilities. Urban planning and policy is falling behind the expanding range of personal mobility devices (mobility scooters, skateboards, paws, pushchairs and more recently bicycles) that share pathways traditionally designed for feet. This event will provide an informative forum where 'town' and 'gown' can share ideas and explore ways to work together to help solve community mobility challenges.

From 9am, Monday 20th November (with evening public lecture and panel discussion)
To 12pm, Tuesday 21st November

Venue:  Room 1.02 School of Physiotherapy


Keynote speakers - abstracts and profiles

Juliana Mansvelt (School of People, Environment and Planning.  Massey University)

Information and Communication Technology journeys in later life: from pavements to superhighways?

Christina Ergler (Department of Geography, University of Otago)

Felt, Velcro and fun: pre-schoolers design their ideal community

Malene Freudendal-Pedersen (Roskilde University, Denmark)

Cycling, Freedom and the emotional aspects of everyday life mobilities


Date and timeTitle
Monday 20st November
8.45amMihi whakatauMark Brunton
9amWelcomeMartha Bell
9.15 amKeynote: Information and Communication Technology journeys in later life: from pavements to superhighways?Juliana Mansvelt
10.15 amCoffee mobilities
11  amPeople and perceptions on the move: Ageing communities in driverless citiesHelen Fitt
11.20 amThe scoot-along: Using a ‘walking’ interview to gather data about mobility scooter users.Keri McMullan
11.40 amScreening older drivers: an ethical dilemmaMary Butler
12 pmMobility Scooter paradoxJohn Sullivan
12.20 pmLunch (not provided)
1 pmKeynote: Felt, Velcro and fun: pre-schoolers design their ideal communityChristina Ergler
1.45 pmRound peg in a square hole: Park use by children with disability and their caregiversMeredith Perry
2.05 pmPromoting Children’s play in high density areasAlexandra Bonham
2.25 pmUrban spaces and ‘Umwelt’: How can we know that dog-walking spaces are therapeutic for the dog?Catherine Smith
2.45 pmAssessing School Neighbourhood Environment for Active Transport to
Secondary Schools in Dunedin, New Zealand
Tessa Pocock
3.05 pmBreak
4.00 pmPedestrian Action Network Meetign St David's Seminar Room 3 (Open meeting - all welcome)
5.30 pmPublic LectureFor further details
Tuesday 21st November
9 amKeynote: Urban and cycling MobilitiesMalene Freudendal-Pedersen
10 amCoffee Mobilities
10.40 am

Flood (Im) mobilities Panel:

Flooding the Footpaths: making sense of the (im)mobilities of water and people in South Dunedin neighbourhoods
Dunedin Flood Abatement Pilot

Martha Bell
Jesse Teat

11.30 amPoster:  Facilitating More Mobilities for Seniors: Relationships and Systems that Stretch ‘Life Spaces’Martha Bell
11.40 amAccessibility and usability of parks by older adultsMeredith Perry
12 pmAeromobility in Australian AcademiaAndrew Glover
12.20 pmMobile communities and their mobile ‘outsiders’Louis Everuss
12.45Wrap up and Farewell


Registration is free but if you wish to attend you must register before 29 October 2017. We will provide some information about accommodation options and local eateries; however, participants are responsible for travel to/from the symposium, finding their accommodation, and purchasing their own refreshment and lunches. Please contact us on the email below to register.

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Research Impact Conference “Realising the Potential”
21-22 November 2017, Dunedin, New Zealand

This conference is co-costed by CHARR, School of Physiotherapy, ‘Ageing Well’ NSC, and CARE Research Theme

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