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1.47 - Uncovering trends and determinants of the commuting patterns in academia, the case of FEUP’ students, 2006, 2012 & 2017

Project Description

It is widely recognized that new mobility patterns should emerge, however, it is still uncovered how to influence travel behaviors. Despite several strategies towards promoting a more sustainable mobility behavior (eco-efficiency, multimodality, green mobility), worrying trends persist. This research looks into the commuting patterns of university students exploring the determinants and trends of commuting patterns and identifying if they are becoming more sustainable. Indeed, Universities not only have a central role in finding and promoting new research planning tools as well as on promoting new behaviors. College  students, for their characteristics, are more open-minded to change behaviors, standing as forerunners for society-reshaping. The aim of this thesis is to analyze and integrate the evolution of the mobility patterns of university students and the main factors through time that influences those patterns. It is our purpose to inform possible future actions and incentives to be considered at the Planning level, in order to address more effectively the mobility demands, providing insight into the development of policies and programs to enhance more sustainable commuting patterns. To accomplish the referred objectives, a mixed methods design is adopted, combining quantitative methods (questionnaire) and qualitative methods (focus group interviews and document analysis), in the scope of multiple scientific areas. The empirical study will focus on college students attending Faculty of Engineering of the University of Oporto in 2006, 2012 and 2017. This timeline covers both pre-crisis and post-crisis data in Portugal. It is our purpose to explore how commuting patterns of university students have changed, before, during and after the period of austerity crisis. An important contribution will be the development of a conceptual and methodological framework, based on longitudinal data, facilitating the use of appropriate instruments and policy applications that may support a better travel demand management at the university level and thus in general terms.

Cadima C.; Pinho P. (2013) “Promoting sustainable mobility behaviors of university students: the case of FEUP’s students”, CITTA 5th Annual Conference, Oporto, Portugal
Cadima C.; Pinho P. (2017) “Changing mobility behaviors in Academia under Austerity” AESOP ANNUAL CONGRESS’ 17th (submitted)University:

University:

Faculty of Engineering of the University of Oporto (FEUP) in Porto, Portugal

Course:

Doctoral Program in Spatial Planning

Research Team

Catarina Cadima
Paulo Pinho (Supervisor)
Cecília Silva (co-supervisor)

Financial Support

FCT - Portuguese Support Institution for Scientific Studies  PD/ BD / 114008 / 2015

Stage of Progress

Started in December 2015
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