I hold a doctorate in Sociology from Lancaster University, which has focused on the emergence of a slow bicycle system as a critique and alternative to growth-oriented economies and societies. My research was embedded in the EPSRC GBP 6.7M Liveable Cities research programme, which aims to develop an interdisciplinary research framework for designing and engineering low carbon cities. My areas of interest are mobilities studies, utopianism and de-growth. I have a particular interest in embodied and sociable mobilities, mobile research methods and (auto-)ethnography.
I am the author of the book 'Bicycle Utopias. Imagining Fast and Slow Cycling Futures' (Routledge 2019). I am part of the Support Committee for Cycling and Society Symposia (http://www.cyclingandsociety.org/).
2017: PhD in Sociology, Lancaster University, United Kingdom. Thesis title: ‘Utopias of slow cycling. Imagining a bicycle system’.
2012: M.Sc. in Anthropology, The National School of Political Science and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania.
2004: Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration, University Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
2017: Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
2015 - 2017: Digital Strategy Co-ordinator, Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University
2009 - 2013: Owner and editor, PortocalaMecanica.ro (urban cycling blog), Bucharest, Romania
2005 - 2010: Editor, Cotidianul (daily newspaper), Bucharest, Romania
C. Popan (2018). Bicycle Utopias Imagining Fast and Slow Cycling Futures. Routledge.
2017: Popan, C. et al. ‘How Sharing Can Contribute to More Sustainable Cities’ Sustainability 9(5):701, 1-16
2017: Popan, C. et al. ‘Dataset of the liveability performance of the city of Birmingham, UK, as measured by its citizen well-being, resource security, resource efficiency and carbon emissions’ Data in Brief, 15, 691–695
2016: Popan, C., Ortegon, A. and Tyler, N. ‘Car-Free Initiatives from Around the World: Concepts for Moving to Future Sustainable Mobility’. Available online at Transport Research Board: http://docs.trb.org/prp/17-06816.pdf
2012: Popan, C. and Dulamiță, I. ‘Between the Fireplace and the Pig Slaughter Feast: Exchanges on the Cajvana-Italy Route’, Societatea Reală, 4:1, 69-79
2018: Convening lectures and workshops on cycling mobilities and mobile methods at the summer school ‘Sociedades Móviles: fluidez y circulación de personas y objetos en las sociedades contemporáneas’ in Bogotá, Colombia
2018: ‘Utopias of slow cycling. Imagining a bicycle system’, The National School of Political Science and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania, 7 February
2017: ‘Utopias of fast and slow cycling’, Cycling and Society Symposium, London, 8 September
2017: ‘Feel the slow. Imagining biketopias’, Velo-City conference, Nijmegen, 12 June
2016: ‘Representing cycling sensescapes and sociabilities with mobile methods’, Velomobile Methods workshop, Oxford, 11 May
2016: Lead organiser for the Cycling and Society Symposium, Lancaster, 29 – 30 September. This academic event gathered more than 50 participants from 17 countries, including Brazil and India
2016: Mobile Utopias Research Co-Creation Workshop, Lancaster, 19 April
EPSRC Doctoral Studentship