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Qualitatively exploring the effect of change in the residential environment on travel behaviour

Qualitatively exploring the effect of change in the residential environment on travel behaviour

Farinloye, Temitope, Mogaji, Emmanuel ORCID: 0000-0003-0544-4842, Aririguzoh, Stella and Kieu, Tai Anh (2019) Qualitatively exploring the effect of change in the residential environment on travel behaviour. Travel Behaviour and Society, 17. pp. 26-35. ISSN 2214-367X (Print), 2214-367X (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tbs.2019.06.001)

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Abstract

Qualitative research with residents relocating from London was undertaken to develop an understanding of how and to what extent a change in the residential environment affected people’s travel behaviour and attitudes. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews and was thematically analysed. The findings reveal that when in a new location, residents observe the features of their built environment, identify the cause of their stress, and make efforts to address it with a change in travel behaviour. The key contribution of this study is the realisation of different levels of travel behaviour in response to a change in residential location – some residents maintained their travel behaviour, some complemented it, while some changed their behaviour to adapt to their new built environment. Theoretically, this research contributes to the extension of knowledge on travel behaviour as it focuses on suburbanising Londoners; the qualitative method adopted for this research also contributes to current knowledge. Practically, there is the potential of developing a travel behaviour change initiative around ridesharing and policy changes and initiatives to improve physical planning and sustainable travel.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Travel; Relocation; London; Behaviour; Residential self-selection; Qualitative research
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 12:14
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/24715

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