Journal articles

Experimental Infrastructure: Experiences in Bicycling in Quito, Ecuador. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 2017. 

From people to cycling indicators: Documenting and understanding the urban context of cyclists' experiences in Quito, Ecuador,with Bernhard Snizek and Thomas Sick-Nielsen Journal of Transport Geography, 2017. 

Working papers and other

Is Informal Transit Land-Oriented? Working Paper Lincoln Institute for Land Policy with Elisa Puga, 2017. (for a copy, email me, jcgamble@gmail.com)

The (Re)turn of the Underground Metro: Rationalizing Quito's Metro Rail, Blog, Spatial Planning in Latin American, 2014. 


book project

I am currently working on joining my dissertation and current research project together into a book on transit in Quito. My book, tentatively titled “Writing Transit Infrastructure” explores disconnected transit lines in Quito, Ecuador to demonstrate how interlinked collective practices render visible experimental and environmental economies. The book is divided into three parts to explore what I call the palimpsest of transit infrastructure: the writing of the permanent and apparent overlay of dynamics that make transit rideable. The first section called “Rationalities” draws attention to the histories, temporalities, and politics that map out the design and function of a transit route. Unlike other theorizations of infrastructures, transit is designed for the uninterrupted flow of humans, but depend on the planner’s hard- and soft-wares that pause, stall and reroute urban residents in a closed system. Subsequently, “Contained” encompasses how humans are considered within the planning of Quito’s socio-technical transit systems. This section examines the unbounded opportunities that residents have to provide input in order to improve transit accessibility through participatory encounters. It shows that despite new governance schemes and tools of prediction, urban residents do not experience efficiency or environmental justice. In turn, this section analyzes how transit experiences account for new political and environmental claims of equality outside of institutionalized forms of governing. “Ride Sharing” focuses on the community and collective practices of emerging alternative transit infrastructures. This means that, while illegally functioning according to transit laws, informal transit works within the radical state project to socialize and reorient Ecuador’s economy. This alternative vision for the economy embraces cooperative economic models in favor of valuing human and natural capital over economic capital. Ultimately by focusing on neighborhood level organized transit services, infrastructures call out the hidden community practices oriented around collaborative care that act in tandem with a solidarity economy. Altogether, this book narrates how urban subjects experience and disrupt the collective systems of city to act in the name of equality and environment.