Mobile positioning – tracing the location of a mobile phone through space and time – is a feasible approach to examining the spatio-temporal mobility of people and population dynamics. A valuable tool set in the social sciences to advance mobilities research and contribute to the mobilities turn, the main mobile positioning methods – passive, active and smartphone based positioning – are explained. Applications are introduced, and privacy and security are addressed as paramount issues. The future directions and implications of the method for a wide array of academic fields are explained, within mobilities research and beyond, as well as in policy-making and governance.
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