Transit Life: How Commuting is Transforming our Cities

Free Public Lecture

Transit Life: How Commuting is Transforming our Cities

Yasuko Hiroaka Myer Room
Sidney Myer Asia Centre


As Victoria heads towards a state election, questions about how our everyday journeys through the city are impacting on our lives have, once again, become centre stage. We spend so much of our lives in transit to and from work. In cities across the world, the daily commute has become a wearying slog for many.

Understandably, much academic and policy attention has focused on how large infrastructure projects and new transport technologies might transform the way that we move about cities, alleviating some of the problems that we experience. However, to only focus on future developments potentially overlooks the myriad subtle but powerful transformations that are taking place here and now in cities.

Through in-depth fieldwork with commuters, journalists, transit advocates, policymakers, and others, geographer David Bissell has been researching how commuting subtly transforms us and how we transform the places through which we pass. In this public event, David will be in conversation with a panel of experts from the fields of transportation, cities and everyday life to explore and develop ideas that are raised in his new book Transit Life: How Commuting Is Transforming Our Cities (MIT Press, 2018).

Light refreshments will be provided. Copies of Transit Life will be available to purchase.

This event is co-sponsored by the School of Geography, the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, the Urban Environments Research Network and the Australian Mobilities Research Network.


  • Associate Professor Tim Edensor
    Associate Professor Tim Edensor, School of Geography, The University of Melbourne
  • Professor Kim Dovey
    Professor Kim Dovey, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
  • Dr Crystal Legacy
    Dr Crystal Legacy, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
  • Professor Alison Young
    Professor Alison Young, School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor David Bissell