Nicholas Scott, Ph.D.

mobilities, environments, social movements, cities


I am a sociology professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. My areas of research include mobilities, environmental sociology, and the co-production of sustainable mobilities and urban space. I’m working on the puzzle of how to expand healthful and ecologically good mobilities, such as everyday cycling and rail travel, in cultural and political contexts dominated by deeply entrenched systems of automobility. As part of this, I am investigating how mobilities are connected to a plurality of common goods based on civic equality, environmental sustainability, market value and technical efficiency. I am also analyzing the performative, embodied and affective side of sustainable mobilities, asking the question, why (and how) do people actually bike? Looking beyond mobilities, my research explores environmental conflicts over oil and gas pipelines, urban wildlife and national parks, and what these public controversies say about the relationship between non-human environments and the common good. This research program feeds into my teaching. I am delighted to be teaching courses at Simon Fraser University on research design and methodology, including quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as upper year courses on environmental sociology and mobilities.

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