Public lecture explores how cycling can connect communities, and even resolve conflicts.

Posted on 20th November 2017

The power of cycling and its impact on empowering communities around the world is the focus of a public lecture taking place at the University of Chester later this month.

In his inaugural professorial lecture, Professor Peter Cox will be exploring the diverse worlds of bike activists and lobbyists. Using examples of cycling groups from Iceland to Cape Town and from Brazil to Taiwan, his lecture, A sociology of cycling; connecting academia and community, will reflect on his work as a sociologist of cycling. He will present a new model to show how widely differing cycling movements can work together.

Professor Cox’s book Cycling Cultures, which explores the diversity of cycling and everyday uses of the bike, is one of the best-selling titles to be published by the University of Chester Press.

Professor Cox said: “Building on the work of Cycling Cultures, my recent research has studied the work and actions of cycling advocacy groups at local and international levels. This inaugural lecture draws both from my forthcoming book Cycling: a sociology of Velo-mobility, published by Routledge next year, and my latest studies. Developing an international perspective, the lecture will show how better understandings of cycling cultures, bike activists and lobbyists, can empower communities, assisting community groups to build alliances and resolve conflicts.”

Prior to re-entering academia, Professor Cox ran his own specialist cycle business and was involved in a range of cycle campaigning and community organising projects, particularly linked with issues of social and environmental sustainability. He first came to Chester to study for his PhD, which was supported by a Gladstone Fellowship.

He began exploring the sociology of cycling in 2004, and was a founder member of the Cycling and Society research group, which links social science researchers working on cycling related issues and connects them with practitioners. He is a founder member of the international research network Scientists for Cycling and works to provide academic expertise and support for the work of the European Cyclists’ Federaton and the World Cycling Alliance. He will be taking on the Chair of this network in 2018.

He is also the executive board member of the academic research network T2M (Traffic, Transport and Mobility); an internationally respected expert reviewer for more than 20 academic journals; and the 2014-15 Leverhulme International Academic Fellow.

In recent years, invitations to speak have taken Professor Cox to Austria, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, and Taiwan, where his audiences range from university academics to government agencies; and to grassroots activist network meetings.

This year, Professor Cox has also been contributing to the international exhibitions celebrating the 200th anniversary of the bicycle.

Professor Peter Cox’s inaugural professorial lecture A sociology of cycling; connecting academia and community takes place on Tuesday, November 28, at 6.30pm on the University of Chester’s Parkgate Road Campus, in the Beswick Building Lecture Theatre.

Tea and coffee will be served before the lecture from 6pm in the Beswick Building foyer, and a complimentary glass of wine will be served following the lecture.

Admission is free but booking is essential. Please contact Corporate Communications if you would like to attend: or telephone: 01244 511344.

A map indicating where all cycle parking is located on Campus is attached and is also available on request. Guests to the lecture are welcome to use all cycle shelters on Campus.

More travel information, including details of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s park and ride scheme, can be found here: