Inner city mobility

Major metropolitan cities in Europe step up their efforts to adjust inner city mobility to the people living in the centre of cities. Rather than priviliging commuters by fast entry and exit to inner cities through cars more and more cities privilege a slow down of transit speed (30 km/h) in residential areas or block roads to transit altoghether. Berlin is the first German city to enact a “mobility law” favouring bicycles through more bicycle lanes, more parking facilities for bikes or fast cycling networks. English summary

Brussels will introduce an interesting approach to mobility in inner cities by blocking car access to a central street during 7 a.m and 7 p.m (except for neighours and deliveries) and extend around this shopping and living area a 30 km/h zone. Residents of these areas will enjoy the main benefits of such moves. In July the reforms will take place.

Similar to Berlin and many other cities such changes should be carefully evaluated (before and after the changes ideally) to what extent they increase residents satisfaction, health as well as commercial impacts for these areas. Reducing stress levels of commercial drivers, commuters and more delivery services as well as health and safety in general in these areas has also a monetary value.

Road traffic is a good examle to analyze the overlapping areas of mobility, health and diversity. My course on “society and technology” covers this issue among others.

For the social science reader the work by Saskia Sassen is a good start for an introduction into the literature about the “Global City”. Just as an apetizer follow the link.…/the-global-city-brown.pdf

Data Privacy GDPR

In line with the current rush of companies and many private persons entertaining webpages I have to adjust the information on the management of your personal data in accordance with Art. 13 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on this webpage hosted by Jacobs University Bremen. According to the importance attached to this issue I have inserted the statement as part of the overall headline of the webpage. Please do not hesitate to get in touch directly in case of any further questions.

To be absolutely sure on data security it is probably best to copy the email-address into your mailing program directly rather than using any contact forms on webpages. It is just a little bit more effort on your side, but you certainly remain master of your data this way.

The webpages are the nice flowers and leaves, but there is ample live underneath.

Fitness over the life course

If you ever wondered why your children or grand-children outpace you in physical exercise. Recent research has tested the differential levels of fitness and found a surprising answer. Children show more similarities to endurance athletes than to untrained adults in physical performance. Hence the physiological development over the life course is more likely to be of an U-shape rather than the common belief of a linear growth and only decline at older age.
The link to the study is here.

Ph.D. Defence Andreas Martin

A new candidate for a Ph.D. in sociology with strong foothold in education science will be defended in Room 48 in  Research IV 15.30-17.00 hours on  05.April. Andreas Martin presents his thesis on governance potentials in further education and training. “Bildungspolitische Steuerungspotentiale im Feld der Weiterbildung” is presented in German, questions may be posed also in English. The session is open to the public. 

Multi-level analyses with European Labour Force Survey Data, as well as Germany specific samples on participation in lifelong learning will be the empirical core of the thesis.

Cooperation among further training organizations is a second topic. Socio-economic approaches to evaluate the welfare state provisions from a governance perspective will be discussed as well.

The thesis covers a lot of topics that were close to the heart of
Klaus J. Jacobs the founder of the Jacobs Center on lifelong learning and institutional development originally at International University Bremen, which then became Jacobs University Bremen as we know it today.

Digital technology and social movements

As outcome of my teaching on Society and Technology at Jacobs University Bremen jointly with Prof. Thomas Heine and through links to the European Trade Union Research Institute in Brussels the paper on “digital technologies and democratic processes” was realized. The attention within 1 month of publication is not bad for a scientific paper. Positive use of technology to enhance democratic processes in large entities (firms, associations, organizations, institutions, societies) should receive more academic attention. New course on this already in the making … FREE Paper Download here.