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Martin Emanuel

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About me

I am a historian of technology (PhD 2013, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) doing research also in history of science and the transdisciplinary fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and mobility studies. Much of my research has been on the history of cycling and currently I lead research projects on walking and public transport in cities, combining historical and contemporary perspectives.

Current projects

Techno-Politics of Walking: Continuity and Change of Streets as Public Space in Urban Europe (Formas, 2020-2023)

Publicness of Public Transport: Socio-Material Production of Shared Mobility in Stockholm (Formas, 2022-2025)

Grassroots Initiatives for Energy Transition (GRIT) (Swedish Energy Agency, 2020-2023)

EmbedterLabs, Better Embedded Labs for More Synergistic Sustainable Urban Transformation Planning (JPI Urban Europe, 2022-2024)

Selected publications

Emanuel, Martin, Schipper Frank and Ruth Oldenziel (eds.), A U-Turn to the Future: Sustainable Urban Mobility since 1850 (Berghahn Books, 2020),

Emanuel, Martin, “Leisure walking in the original compact city: senses, distinction, and rhythms of the bourgeois promenade,” Mobilities (ahead-of-print), 2023: 1-19 │ DOI:10.1080/17450101.2023.2206044

Emanuel, Martin, “Challenging the System: Pedestrian Sovereignty in the Early Systemisation of City Traffic in Stockholm, ca. 1945–1955,” Journal of Transport History, 42, 2021(2): 247–276 │ DOI:  10.1177/0022526620987795

Blomkvist, Pär and Martin Emanuel, “Regulating Innovation: Utility vs. Leisure in Swedish Moped History, 1952–1961,” Technology and Culture 61, 2020(3):815-842 │ DOI: 10.1353/tech.2020.0075

Schipper, Frank, Emanuel, Martin and Ruth Oldenziel, “Sustainable Urban Mobility in the Present, Past, and Future,” Technology and Culture 61, 2020(1):307-317 │ DOI: 10.1353/tech.2020.0004


Bike more (AG117V), teacher | Course web

Degree Project in Urban and Regional Planning, Second Cycle (AG212X), teacher | Course web

Environmental History (AK1204), teacher | Course web

Sustainable Urban Mobility (AG2144), course responsible, teacher | Course web

Urban Infrastructure (AG2141), teacher | Course web

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Publication list