Researchers: Pengjun Zhao, Binlu, Yen Yat, Haiyan Haiyan Lu, Zhao Yu, Hanzi Yang, Haoyu Hu, Yunshu Liu, Yixue Zhang, Yushu Cao, Jie Wan
Description of work
This project addresses the issue how cities are transitioning in the view of transport. Transport is one of the main factor influencing features of urban society, and it is also affected by the changes of urban society. Travel behaviour and network traffic flows are important indicators for sustainable development of the urban society. The project explores the complex interactions between individuals’ behavior of travel and location choice, transport flows and the urban society. Urban society here refers to the collective results of the social, economic, political, technological and spatial development of urbanization process in city. The status of the complex interactions affects the individual people’s well-being, such as the quality of life, health and social equality. The project surveys the complex interactions, evaluates the existing policies and predicts policy scenarios for future in terms of the changes of individual well-being (health), local air quality (environment pollution) and global climate change (energy consumption and GHGs emissions) and other UN-Habitat Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Aims and research questions
The main aim of the project is to propose policy scenarios for transitioning cities in a more sustainable way in transport field. The project mainly answers three research questions:
- How individual behaviors of travel and location choice and network traffic flows are affected by the social and cultural contexts, economic development, governance arrangement, technological innovations and spatial patterns of the built environment?
- What are the individual and social externalities effects of the behavior and traffic flows?
- What and how public policies can be applied to reduce the individual and social externalities effects and promote urban sustainability.