Dr Daniel Muñoz
  • Social Sciences Divisional Postdoctoral Fellowship (ESRC)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow

About

Daniel is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Geography and the Environment and the Transport Studies Unit. Before joining the TSU, Daniel completed his PhD in Geography at the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, where he used ethnography and video analysis to understand the everyday embodied practices of disabled people who are public transport users in Santiago, Chile. He also worked as a Research Assistant in a project focused on the everyday practices of visually impaired people who use AI-based assistive technologies.

Current Research

Daniel's research combines STS with ethnomethodology to describe how urban transport infrastructures govern, and are supported by, the embodied practices of people. His project 'The everyday mobilities of disability: Embodiment, accessibility, and public transport systems' builds on his doctoral research and aims to consolidate academic contributions around the following key ideas:

  • Accessibility as a relational accomplishment: Designing, implementing, and maintaining accessible transport infrastructures cannot be solved simply by following design standards, but is rather achieved in and through the embodied practices of disabled people who become involved in the everyday production of accessible arrangements (Muñoz 2021a).
  • Becoming passengers: In the public transport, different mundane governing devices, like cards and turnstiles (Muñoz 2020) sort and count bodies, impeding or allowing passage, based on widespread scripts of proper use and passenger behaviour. In encountering such artifacts, people become passengers by locally organising alternatives to such scripts, defying the notion of passenger as a solitary unit.
  • Infrastructures are held together by embodied practices: Large transport infrastructures, like metropolitan public transport systems, do not exist independently from their users. They accommodate and sort the diverse bodily configurations of their users, while also relying on people's adaptability, resilience, and endurance.

Outreach

Daniel is part of the Advisory Board of the NGO La Reconquista Peatonal, where he gives advice on research activities, contributes to training on qualitative and participatory methods, and takes part in the making of a podcast series. He also coordinates the Network of Researchers in Bodies and Mobilities (RICMO).

Publications

A full list is available via Google Scholar.

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Muñoz, D. (2018) Adjusting infrastructures and bodies: Finding a way for disabled people into Santiago's public transport system. In, Beza, B., Hernández García, J., García Jerez, A. and Cárdenas O'Byrne, S. (eds.) Urban Space: Experiences and reflections from the Global South. Cali: Sello Editorial Javeriano. pp. 201-221.

Reports

  • Laurier, E., Brown, B., Miller, R. and Muñoz, D. (2018) Self-organising traffic settings: International Comparisons. Report to Nissan Research. University of Edinburgh and University of Stockholm