The happy Commuter: a life-oriented Approach of commuting SatisfactIOn


CALL: 2018

DOMAIN: SR - Environmental and Earth Sciences

FIRST NAME: Veronique

LAST NAME: Van Acker




KEYWORDS: commuting satisfaction; life-oriented approach; residential relocation; workplace changes

START: 2019-01-01

END: 2019-04-30


Submitted Abstract

Commuting is one of the least enjoyable activities. It is often called ‘the stress that doesn’t pay’. In order to understand commuting satisfaction and how it changes over time, this project will use a life-oriented approach. This approach is based on a life course based research design of mobility behaviour while also paying attention to the interaction with other life domains such as residential environment, employment and time use. Such a longitudinal research design adds a dynamic layer to the presently-dominant static interpretation of commuting satisfaction.The project will evaluate the interaction between commuting satisfaction and the decision to move to another residential location or to change workplaces. In addition to secondary datasets (EU-SILC 2013, PSELL III), the project will also collect new, innovative data by an online retrospective survey and a 7 days smartphone tracking experiment in the cities of Ghent and Luxembourg. We will collect data from a large sample of people residing in Ghent (Belgium) or Luxembourg city (Luxembourg), and who recently moved residences or changed workplaces. First, using data from the online survey we will analyze the interaction between commuting satisfaction, overall life satisfaction, satisfaction with other life domains and life events. Then, tracking data will be used to explore the different ways in which individual commuting trips contribute to an overall (dis)liking of commuting.

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