My research explores mobilities, cities, environments and methodologies

Mobilities, cities, & environments: The main arc of my research follows mobilities, or movement made meaningful in the context of unequal power relations and ecological crises. My book on cycling, cities and the common good traces the path of this arc since my PhD.


I wrote a chapter in the book, The Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, the City and Urban Society (2019), about the production of nature, drawing on a social theorist who has a beautiful way of talking about the production of space. The chapter elaborates how cycling, in a greener manner than driving motor vehicles, can animate nature.

I have forthcoming research that explores interspecies mobility justice, counter-movements against environmentalism, and ecologically good cycling practices that ameliorate climate change, mass extinction and habitat destruction. I also have quantitative analysis coming out soon that examines the role of regional political culture and fossil capitalism in shaping Canadians’ attitudes about the moral worth of bike lanes.

jhvMethodologies: I’m also interested in diverse research methodologies, such as feminist regression analysis and mobile video ethnography. In a 2017 article in the International Journal of Social Research Methodology I co-authored with my PhD supervisor, Dr. Janet Siltanen, we explore how regression analysis can advance feminist approaches to intersectionality. We see great potential for multilevel modeling, because of its capacity to measure the impacts of neighbourhoods, cities and other contexts on individuals, from their domestic labour and political protest to their everyday cycling.

9781138482197On the qualitative side, I’m investigating how to enhance social research methodology for today’s ecological challenges. My 2019 article in the International Journal of Social Research Methodology, “Calibrating the go-along for the Anthropocene,” challenges conventional wisdom surrounding ‘go-along’ research methods in order to improve their sensitivity to the natural world and contemporary environmental crises. This article builds on a forthcoming book chapter I co-authored with Dr. Phillip Vannini on mobile urban ethnography in The Routledge Handbook of Urban Mobilities.



Scott, N. Assembling Moral Mobilities: Cycling, Cities, and the Common Good, University of Nebraska Press, 2020.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Scott, N. “Where can cycling lift the common good? Regional political culture and fossil capitalism play a role,” Journal of Transport Geography, 86, 2020. PDF

Sersli, S., M. Gislason, N. Scott, M. Winters. “Riding alone and together: Is mobility of care at odds with mothers’ bicycling?,” Journal of Transport Geography, 83, 2020.

Scott, N. “Calibrating the go-along for the Anthropocene,” International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019. PDF

Sersli, S., N. Scott, M. Winters. “Effectiveness of a Bicycle Skills Training Intervention on Increasing Bicycling and Confidence: A Longitudinal Quasi-Experimental Study,” Journal of Transport & Health, 2019, 14(0).

S. Sersli, D. DeVries, M. Gislason, N. Scott, M. Winters. “Changes in bicycling frequency in children and adults after bicycle skills training: A scoping review.” Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 2019, 123: 170-187.

Scott, N. and J. Siltanen. “Intersectionality and quantitative methods: assessing regression from a feminist perspective,” International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017, 20 (4): 373-385. PDF

Scott, N. “Cycling, Performance and the Common Good: Copenhagenizing Canada’s Capital,” Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 2016, 25: (1) 22-37. PDF

Scott, N. “Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle: Henri Lefebvre and the Liberation of Transportation,” Space & Culture, 2013, 16 (3): 397–410.

Scott, N. “Storied Infrastructure: Tracing Traffic, Place, and Power in Canada’s Capital City,” ESC: English Studies in Canada, 2010, 36 (1): 149-174.

Scott, N. “At the intersection of religious ritual and automobility: Pastoral care of the road,” ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies McGill University, 2009, 37: 149-167.

Edited Book Chapters

Vannini, P. and Scott, N. “Mobile ethnographies of the city.” In (eds.) Ole B. Jensen, Claus Lassen, Vincent Kaufmann, Malene Freudendal-Pedersen and Ida Sofie Gøtzsche Lange. Handbook of Urban Mobilities, Routledge, 2020.

Scott, N. “Ecologizing Lefebvre: Urban Mobilities & the Production of Nature.” In (eds.) Michael E. Leary-Owhin and John P. McCarthy, The Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, the City and Urban Society, Routledge, 2019. PDF

Scott, N. “How Car-Drivers Took the Streets: Critical Planning Moments of Automobility.” In (eds.) Phillip Vannini, Paola Jiron, Ole B. Jensen, Lucy Budd, and Christian Fisker, Technologies of Mobility in the Americas, pp. 79-98, Peter Lang Publishing, New York, 2012. PDF

Scott, N. “The Social Dynamics of Canadian Protest Participation,” In (eds.) Matthew Hayday and Marie Hammond-Callaghan, Mobilizations, Protests and Engagements: Canadian Perspectives on Social Movements, pp. 35-61, Fernwood Press, Black Point, N.S., 2008.

Journal Editorials

Sodero, S. and N. Scott “Contentious Mobilities,” Canadian Journal of Sociology, 2016, 41(3): 257-276.

Davidson, T. and N. Scott “Ottawa Studies,” Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 2016, 25 (1): 1-7.