End of Project Event

We are running our free end of project event in June. Come along to find out more about when and why people become susceptible to travel behaviour changes. To register please email ben4.clark@uwe.ac.uk.

Date: 16th June 2014 from 1pm

Location: DfT, 33 Horseferry Road, SW1P 4DR

Event details

Any understanding of travel behaviour change cannot ignore the role of major life events such as moving home and changing jobs. The Life Transitions project conducted by the University of the West of England, University of Essex and Department for Transport (and funded by ESRC) has been examining how life events act as drivers for change using new data from the Understanding Society panel survey.

We will present:

  • How car ownership and commuting behaviour are more likely to change at the time of major life events (e.g. 30% of non-car commuters switched to commuting by car when they changed employer compared to only 15% of those not changing employer).
  • How the relationship between life events and travel behaviour depends upon neighbourhood context, environmental attitudes, life stage and gender (e.g. Inner London dwelling 1 car households are over 3 times more likely to become car free than those living in rural areas).
  • How the Understanding Society panel survey is providing exciting new opportunities for us to examine how and why travel behaviours are changing over time in the UK (in this project we prepared and analysed a panel data set of 32,000 individuals with detailed information on settlement type, neighbourhood deprivation, public transport accessibility, socio-economic characteristics, attitudes and life events).

After presenting the new evidence, there will be opportunity to discuss how it can be used to better inform the conception, design and analysis of transport policy interventions.

 Draft Programme

13:00        Introduction to the Life Transitions project

13:15        Understanding Society and linking to spatial data

13:30        Household car ownership and life transitions

14:00        Break

14:15        Commuting mode and life transitions

14:45        Implications for policy and practice (discussion)

15:25        Final comments

15:30 –     Informal discussion