Career after studying Mobilities & Urban Studies
Graduates of the Mobilities & Urban Studies programme will hold a unique academic profile. The research based, problem-orientated and group based training, with a clear mobility and urban perspective, makes such mobility-professional interesting to public and private employers as well as suited to an academic career at universities and research centres.
Career perspectives holding a Master in Mobilities & Urban Studies
The social need for graduates with a cross-disciplinary profile, such as the one acquired through the Master Programme in Mobilities and Urban Studies, is mainly found within public administration and institutions as well as private organisations, consultancies and consulting engineering firms.
There is a demand for graduates in the public sector, on state and municipal levels alike, to analyse and plan for new ways to organise social mobilities that is moving towards resource optimisation, sustainable mobilities systems and a more equal distribution of mobilities resources. State administrations and municipalities, thus, present significant public employment opportunities.
In the private sector, there is a great need for analyses and knowledge, as well as knowledge, proficiencies and competencies related to working out technological and strategic mobilities solutions that are able to satisfy the increasing demand for mobilities within new resource restrictions. Moreover, private NGOs and other organisations (e.g. within tourism) also offer employment opportunities. Large private logistics, transportation and tourism businesses are other options. Finally, consulting engineering firms and consultancies will also require graduates with a Master’s degree in Mobilities and Urban Studies.
Mobilities & Urban Studies combines such skills as sociology, engineering and team work. This combination gives the student the opportunity to influence in which direction he/she wish to head.
Endorsement: Malene Freudendal-Pedersen
Name: Malene Freudendal-Pedersen
Title: Assistent professor
Place of work: Roskilde University
Malene Freudendal-Pedersen is Assistant Professor at Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change at Roskilde University in Denmark from where she also holds her PhD. She is part of the research group ‘Space, Place, Mobility and Urban Studies’ and has for many years been working within the field of mobilities with a specific focus on everyday praxis. She is the author of the book Mobility in Daily life – Between Freedom and Unfreedom (2009).
“Mobilities are on the forefront of contemporary social science research and the mobilities turn are increasingly appearing in various disciplines. At the same time the interconnection between mobilities and urban studies and the necessity to understand this are increasingly understood within the professions of city planners, architects, traffic engineers and politicians. This education is an important step in training the graduates, who have to plan this future, a future with mobilities as a center point.
The master in Mobilities and Urban Studies encompasses the full specter of theories, methods and praxis needed in order to understand, analyze, plan and thus change the mobilities of our future.”
Endorsement: Sven Kesselring
Name: Sven Kesselring
Title: Professor in Mobility, Governance and Planning
Sven Kesselring is a professor in mobility, governance and planning at Aalborg University. He holds a PhD in sociology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Sven is the director of the ‘Mobilities Research and Education Centre – more’ at the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the co-founder of the international Cosmobilities Network (www.cosmobilities.net), which represents and supports social science based mobility reserach.
He has published extensively in the field of interdisciplinary mobilities research, and has co-edited in 2009 with Saulo Cwerner and John Urry: Aeromobilities. London: Routledge; in 2008 with Weert Canzler and Vincent Kaufmann ‘Tracing Mobilities. Towards a cosmopolitan perspective’. Aldershot, Burlington: Ashgate. His other major publications include Beck, Ulrich; Hajer, Maarten; Kesselring, Sven (eds.) (1999): Der unscharfe Ort der Politik (Ambivalent Places of Politics). Opladen: Leske + Budrich; and Kesselring, Sven (2006): Pioneering Mobilities. New patterns of movement and motility in a mobile world. In: Environment and Planning A, 38, 2, pp. 269–279.
“This program is a big leap forward for contemporary social science based mobilities research. It is a wonderful opportunity for students and teachers and it comes at the right time.
The transport and mobility world is in upheaval. Car producers become mobility providers, new forms of transport and mobility interconnect places and spaces in new ways and the urban world gets used and appropriated in different innovative ways. In the near future ‘dealing with distance’ will be totally different from what we consider now as normal and taken-for-granted. We face the future of networked mobilities, of powerful infrastructures, smart technologies and so forth which propel new forms of sociality, of here and there, of being together and sharing spaces and experiences.
This situation calls for experts in interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving. The Mobilities & Urban Studies program is a great initiative and will generate new development and planning approaches attractive to consumers, business and public authorities.
It wish the program the greatest success and to become a major innovation and creativity hub in mobilities research, development and planning at the interfaces of social science, engineering, architecture and design and the like.”
Endorsement: Peter Frost-Møller
Name: Peter Frost-Møller
Title: Team Director, Urban Planning Advisor
Place of work: NIRAS A/S (engineering and consultancy firm), Aarhus DK
Peter Frost-Møller graduated from the Urban Design programme at Aalborg University in 2002 after studies at AAU as well as at TU Delft in the Netherlands. After four years as a junior consultant at one of the larger Dutch urban planning consultancy firms, Peter made a step into the deep with one of his former colleagues, establishing a new studio for urban and landscape design and development. Since 2008, Peter has been part of the NIRAS Consultants, focusing on urban planning in Denmark as well as in developing countries.
“Understanding the effects of mobility as well as being able to use that understanding is an ever more pertinent part of the complex art of managing the transformation of the world around us – be it in the shape of changing commuting patterns in Denmark, migration patterns in Greenland or urban growth in third world countries. And dealing with mobility in one way or the other is instrumental in creating sustainable solutions.
This requires a broad professional approach to planning as well as specialist knowledge of specific issues or the ability to employ such knowledge when needed.
From the perspective of the urban planner, the Master in Mobility and Urban Studies offers promising prospects for such a professional approach. Candidates from the Master in Mobility and Urban Studies will most likely be in great demand within the transportation sector as well as public authorities and service providers such as consultants like myself.”
Endorsement: Anthony Caruso
Name: Anthony Caruso
Title: Advisor, Strategic Policy & Systems Planning
Place of work: Metrolinx (The regional transportation authority for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Ontario Canada)
Anthony Caruso graduated from the Urban Planning & Management Programme at Aalborg University in 2008. After spending two years working for a Danish consulting firm, leading trans-European transportation projects, he returned home to Canada where he has since been employed at a regional transportation agency. Anthony’s work at Metrolinx includes managing a diverse number of projects including enhancing urban goods movements, to improving transit station access to leading assignments which aim to develop more transit oriented policies and plans in the Toronto area.
“Transportation planning professionals are increasingly being asked to solve more complex and dynamic challenges. To engage in such endeavours, our professional ability to deal with the various complexities is continually being tested. The proposed programme in Mobilities & Urban Studies aims to educate new professionals with these new and needed skills that are being demanded by employers and aims to provide an education that will also enhance the understanding of the social and technological implications of society on mobility. The Aalborg style of learning – problem-based and interdisciplinary learning – allows students the opportunity to critically engage with real life planning experiences, to finely tune their own personal working styles and above all else, to learn how to deliver high-quality projects and assignments, all in a supportive learning environment. The cross-disciplinary emphasis of this program will expose graduates to the real challenges and give them an edge in their future careers.”
Endorsement: Trine Bunton
Name: Trine Bunton
Title: Head of department in ‘City & Traffic’
Place of work: Rambøll A/S, Denmark (Engineering and consultancy firm)
Trine Bunton is graduated City and Traffic Planner from Aalborg University 2001. For more than ten years she has been engaged in Rambøll A/S working with traffic safety, cyclists and traffic planning, and in the last year focusing on strategic and general traffic planning and mobility including process and mobility management.
“From my point of view it seems of relevance to our company to educate students who can think and navigate within the big picture of mobility and infrastructure planning:
How does society develop in terms of mobility, and how should we impact on the conducted policies? How should we plan for urban developments in terms of new places of employment connected to mobility?
I believe that a graduate from Mobilities & Urban Studies will be able to handle such questions and perform as a consultant in the corporate world on these issues.
In our company an employee combining a bachelor degree in engineering with this mobility inclined master degree will be of great potential.”
Endorsement: Gunvor Larsen
Name: Gunvor Larsen
Title: Ph.D. Student
Place of Work: School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University, Sweden and Institute of Transport and Tourism, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Graduated from Urban Planning and Management at Aalborg University in 2007. Currently conducting doctoral research into how distance in perceived in relation to holiday mobility and how contemporary mobility can be understood as consumption of distance.
“This Master in Mobility and Urban Studies offers the student a good platform for starting a professional life focused on the issues of contemporary mobility.
Within professional research the study of mobility is becoming an increasingly important element, with many research fields engaging with the effects of contemporary mobility on their topics, ranging from the natural sciences and engineering, over social sciences to humanities. A graduate from this masters programme will have good foundation for progressing further into professional mobilities research.
In my current research field, tourism, mobility is instrumental for understanding important phenomena, such as why people travel and how holidaying is becoming an increasingly central element of contemporary lifestyles, and this requires a thorough understanding of mobility. Such an understanding will be developed through the Mobility and Urban Studies master at AAU.”
Endorsement: Anne Bach
Name: Anne Bach
Title: Project officer I the Light Rail Secretariat
Place of work: Midttrafik in Aarhus (the public transport authority in the Central Denmark Region (Region Midtjylland))
Midttrafik is the administrative headquarter for the in the Light Rail Secretariat (Letbanesekretariatet), where Anne Bach is employed as a project officer. The purpose of the secretariat is to manage the collective efforts towards realisation of a light rail in Eastern Jutland (Østjylland).
“My work tasks are primarily project management oriented, i.e. to keep track of different issues in relation to the organisation of the first light rail in Denmark and completion of different subtasks for the first stage and future expansions, like Park n’ Ride facilities for cars and bikes and integration between the light rail stations and the urban surroundings to improve mobility, quality of spaces and the experience of using the light rail. Additionally, a large portion of the job consists of being in contact with the collaborative parties on the project, which includes politicians, officials and consultants, as well as to communicate the project to citizens, companies and other interested parties.
The collaboration and mediation between large assortments of different stakeholders and parties requires a solid overview and understanding of teamwork, which the group orientated studying and semester projects at Aalborg University have made me very proficient with. The problem-based approach also ensures that you are well equipped to handle large, complex projects once you graduate, while also instilling a fair degree of critical reflection that makes you qualified to question traditional practice and suggest new solutions to both smaller and larger problems within the mobility field. These are properties that any employer regards as strengths, and which will get you far as a mobility and urban planner once you leave the university.”