Keynote Speakers

Keynote | Roads in the Anthropocene, breaking down infrastructure ecologies and the more than human perspectives

Prof. Agata Stanisz is a socio-cultural anthropologist working at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. She is a field researcher, fieldrecordist, and methodologist in the trend of experimental ethnography.

Prof. Stanisz is interested in road studies/dromology, political ecology, environmental anthropology infrastructure and resistance studies. She researches infrastructural social protests, highways, expressways, but also forests and local roads. She traces their socioeconomic, political, visual and sonic dimensions and their relationship to the local management of natural resources. Prof. Stanisz has also conducted research among truck drivers in the context of European road transport and logistics regimes.

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Frauke Behrendt is Associate Professor in Transitions to Sustainable Mobility at the Technology, Innovation and Society Group at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Her interdisciplinary research is located at the intersection of three key themes: Mobility, Sustainability and Digitalization. It engages at the local, national and international scale, investigates a range of modes, explores the past, present and future – and considers the user experience, the design perspective, and the policy landscape – of how we can move towards radically more sustainable mobilities.

Prof. Behrendt’s current research on social justice includes work with Mimi Sheller on Mobility Data Justice, and exploring the implications of AI for the governance of mobility. Current work on micro-mobility comprises Dutch, UK, South Korean, and Chinese case studies, alongside research on the electric mobility transitions in the Global South, specifically around motorbikes and rickshaws. Frauke Behrendt is also involved in ELEVATE project for which she led the funding application. This project explores micromobility in the UK, in collaboration with Leeds, Oxford, and Brighton University. Her previous research focussed on smart cycling, AI and digital/data society, the musical use of mobile phones, as well as sonic interaction design.

Frauke Behrendt enjoys thinking up and leading funded projects and working on interdisciplinary research teams. Previously, she worked at the Universities of Brighton, and Sussex (UK) and the Rhode Island School of Design (US).