Healthy Mobilities

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Sarah L. BellUniversity of Exeter, UK sarah.bell@exeter.ac.uk

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Abstract

In this article, we articulate a distinct conceptual direction at the intersection of health and mobilities scholarship that centers on healthy mobilities. We take inspiration from relational, multiscalar, and more-than-human approaches to foreground an approach that asks what being in everyday healthy motion may entail and whose health is considered. We trace this approach through two brief provocations: exercise and differential mobilities, including the finely tuned movement-repertoires developed by disabled people. These illustrate the value of healthy mobilities, beyond humancentric, cure-oriented approaches to health, to understandings of how health takes shape among diverse living entities in motion. This focus can help foreground the interdependence of human, nonhuman, and planetary health in mobilities.

Contributor Notes

Sarah Bell is a Lecturer in Health Geography whose research explores the role of routine “nature” encounters in shaping experiences of health, well-being, mobility, and disability through the life course. Her work is underpinned by a passion for qualitative methodological development and for designing sensitive approaches that promote critical awareness of alternative ways of embodying, experiencing, and interpreting diverse everyday geographies. Email: sarah.bell@exeter.ac.uk

Simon Cook is a human geographer at Birmingham City University. His research concerns everyday active practices: the ways in which they happen, how they change, and what they can tell us about societies and spaces. He is currently researching run-commuting, multimodal mobilities, post-collision cycling practices, and running during social distancing. He tweets @Simon IanCook and blogs at www.jographies.wordpress.com. Email: Simon.Cook@bcu.ac.uk

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Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies