Mobility and Travel Activity Patterns

Joe Weber, Mei-Po Kwan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Mobility refers to a range of phenomena at a range of spatial and temporal scales. It typically refers to the movement of people. If this movement is permanent, it falls into the topic of migration. If it is voluntarily carried out for recreation, it may be tourism. At more local scales it is a necessary component of daily life, whether as commuting to work or in order to carry out other daily activities. Mobility is an important topic in the field of transport geography and touches on many methodologies. It is fundamental to the study of spatial interaction between places and the study of flows of people and goods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


  • Activity-travel patterns
  • Automobility
  • Human mobility
  • Time geography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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