Dave Horton


Sociologist and writer based in Lancaster, England.

He was educated at the University of Hull (BA Geography 1989), Goldsmiths College, University of London (MA with distinction, Sociology with special reference to Qualitative Research 1998), and Lancaster University (MA with distinction, Environmental Philosophy 1996; and PhD Sociology 2002).

Dave’s research interests centre on the environment, culture, everyday life, politics, social movements, identity, and mobility. However, his main interest and passion is cycling. Until 2012 he worked at Lancaster University, where between 2008 and 2011 he contributed to a major research project, Understanding Walking and Cycling, taking particular responsibility for the qualitative and ethnographic research.

Dave organised the first Cycling and Society Symposium in the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) at Lancaster University in 2004, and is a founder member of the Cycling and Society Research Group. He is a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Danish research project, Bikeability; a Trustee of the Cycling History and Education Trust; and he also contributes to the UK Department for Transport’s Cycling Forum.He believes in the importance of critical research to effective cycling promotion. He is committed to the global project of re-making the world, and with it people’s ordinary lives, in cycle-friendly ways. He loves cycling, and is absolutely convinced it is the sanest, most appropriate mobility for an ecologically and socially just, sustainable planet. A cycling advocate and campaigner, he is also a keen cyclist – for everyday travel, recreation, adventure and sport.Dave has authored and co-authored many book chapters and articles in journals such as World Transport Policy and Practice, The Journal of Transport Geography, Environmental Politics, and Transport Policy. He co-wrote the concluding chapter (with John Parkin) to Cycling and Sustainability (Emerald Press, 2012), co-edited (with Paul Rosen and Peter Cox) Cycling and Society (Ashgate, 2007), and is co-author of Promoting Walking and Cycling: New Perspectives on Sustainable Travel (Policy Press, 2013 forthcoming). He also writes articles about cycling for the popular press, and blogs at thinkingaboutcycling.wordpress.com.