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Young people should be able to travel for free in Geneva

— The canton of Geneva could make local public transport free of charge. Interviewed by "La Tribune de Genève", Vincent Kaufmann, professor at the Urban Sociology Laboratory, believes that this will relieve students' budgets, but that the greatest potential for modal shift will be felt by young people already in employment, since they tend to own cars more than their student peers.

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Weak cross-border ties

— More than 100,000 cross-border commuters travel daily between France and Switzerland to work in the Geneva region. The Urban Sociology Laboratory has taken an interest in the ties that unite, or not, the inhabitants of these border regions.

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Conflicting modes of transport

— Competition between rail and road is becoming increasingly strong while debates take place in Bern around decisive investments. “Le Temps” addresses the subject and notably interviews Vincent Kaufmann, professor at EPFL and mobility specialist.

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More and more people are taking public transport

— In 2023, more than 126 million passengers used the transport system of the city of Lausanne. Analysis by Vincent Kaufmann, Head of the Urban Sociology Laboratory.

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Life on the borders of Greater Geneva

— The book "Sociétés frontalières", published by EPFL Press, is the result of a wide-ranging sociological study into the lives of people living near three European borders: Lille and its Belgian neighbors, the French-Spanish Basque country, and above all Greater Geneva. According to Alexis Gumy, one of the book's authors and a post-doctoral fellow at EPFL's Urban Sociology Laboratory, "the construction of transport infrastructures or one-off cultural initiatives, while supported by a majority of the population, do not give rise to a strong sense of cross-border belonging."

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The Geneva auto show: should we still promote cars?

— Tiphaine Robert, historian in the sociology of urban mobility at EPFL, takes part in the debate on the relevance today of having an event that glorifies the car. For the scientist, the car show, created 100 years ago, remains emblematic and a place of ritual where contacts are made, even if it has become a place of contestation since the 70s.

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Carbon mobility

— Widen highways to accommodate increased traffic or to generate more automobile traffic? For mobility scientists, like Vincent Kaufmann, director of the Urban Sociology Laboratory, the scenario of the second option is not in doubt.

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Frontier society

— The Urban Sociology Laboratory is interested in border regions and the extent to which these areas manage to create a society across the border. It has contributed to "Sociétés frontalières", a book published by EPFL PRESS. LaSUR director Vincent Kaufmann explains this contribution.

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Nearly 400,000 cross-border commuters in Switzerland

— A major change has taken place over the years, with cross-border commuters no longer coming from nearby regions, but from increasingly distant parts of Switzerland. Alexis Gumy, a post-doctoral fellow at EPFL's Urban Sociology Laboratory, has contributed to a book entitled "Sociétés frontalières" published by EPFL PRESS. His work focuses on European border areas, in particular the French-Swiss Greater Geneva area.

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How do the Swiss get around?

— How do the Swiss get around? Is the rail offer adapted to current needs? How has business travel evolved over the last thirty years? Vincent Kauffman, professor of urban sociology at EPFL, takes stock of mobility in "Le Regard Libre".

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