Nicholas Scott

Assistant Professor of Sociology


Dr. Nicholas Scott is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Simon Fraser University.  His research focuses on intersections between everyday travel, city space, environmental politics and the common good. This research informs his teaching on qualitative and quantitative research methods and environmental sociology. His most recent publications analyze the relationship between different mobility networks, especially cycling and automobility, and the production of urban and suburban space.

Currently, Dr. Scott is conducting research on cycling practices and politics in Detroit, and undertaking a multiyear mobile ethnography of city cycling in Vancouver.  This mobile video ethnography focuses on the role of gender, affect and technique in how and why people actually bike, in the context of diverse urban spaces, and supports a larger investigation into the expansion and public justification of environmentally sustainable mobilities in the Canadian city.


  • PhD and MA (Sociology) Carleton, Ontario
  • BA (Combined Honours in Sociology & Political Science) University of King's College, Nova Scotia

Research Interests

Mobilities; environmental sociology; urban space and culture; science and technology; visual sociology; cities and solidarity; bicycle travel; multilevel modeling and neighbourhood effects