Nicholas Scott

Associate Professor of Sociology
Sociology & Anthropology


Dr. Nicholas Scott is an Associate 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.


PhD and MA (Sociology) Carleton, Ontario
BA Hons. (Sociology & Political Science) University of King's College, Nova Scotia

Areas of Interest

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

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Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Scott, N. “Calibrating the go-along for the Anthropocene,” International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019, 23: (3) 317-328.
  • Scott, N. and J. Siltanen. “Intersectionality and quantitative methods: assessing regression from a feminist perspective,” International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017, 20 (4): 373-385.
  • Scott, N. “Cycling, Performance and the Common Good: Copenhagenizing Canada’s Capital,” Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 2016, 25: (1) 22-37.
  • Scott, N. “Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle: Henri Lefebvre and the Liberation of Transportation,” Space & Culture, 2013, 16 (3): 397–410.
  • Scott, N. “Storied Infrastructure: Tracing Traffic, Place, and Power in Canada’s Capital City,” ESC: English Studies in Canada, 2010, 36 (1): 149-174.
  • Scott, N. “At the intersection of religious ritual and automobility: Pastoral care of the road,” ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies McGill University, 2009, 37: 149-167.

Edited Book Chapters

  • Vannini, P. and Scott, N. “Mobile ethnographies of the city.” In (eds.) Ole B. Jensen, Claus Lassen, Vincent Kaufmann, Malene Freudendal-Pedersen and Ida Sofie Gøtzsche Lange. Handbook of Urban Mobilities, Routledge, forthcoming.
  • Scott, N. “Ecologizing Lefebvre: Urban Mobilities & the Production of Nature.” In (eds.) Michael E. Leary-Owhin and John P. McCarthy, Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, the City and Urban Society, pp. 298-308, Routledge, 2019.
  • Scott, N. “How Car-Drivers Took the Streets: Critical Planning Moments of Automobility,” In (eds.) Phillip Vannini, Paola Jiron, Ole B. Jensen, Lucy Budd, and Christian Fisker, Technologies of Mobility in the Americas, pp. 79-98, Peter Lang Publishing, New York, 2012.
  • Scott, N. “The Social Dynamics of Canadian Protest Participation,” In (eds.) Matthew Hayday and Marie Hammond-Callaghan, Mobilizations, Protests and Engagements: Canadian Perspectives on Social Movements, pp. 35-61, Fernwood Press, Black Point, N.S., 2008.

Journal Editorials

  • Sodero, S. and N. Scott “Contentious Mobilities,” Canadian Journal of Sociology, 2016, 41(3): 257-276.
  • Davidson, T. and N. Scott “Ottawa Studies,” Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 2016, 25 (1): 1-7.

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