New book: Quality of Life and Daily Travel2018-04-26
The new book “Quality of Life and Daily Travel” describes the relationships between life satisfaction, well-being and daily travel. The authors discuss travel and quality of life to the built environment, travel mode choice, travel satisfaction and emotions, and presents case studies highlighting different aspects in daily travel and well-being. Margareta Friman and Lars, E Olsson, CTF, Service Research Center at Karlstad University, and Dick Ettema, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, are the editors.
“We are very happy that our new book now is available, and for the opportunity to reach out with our research on daily travel. For the book, we teamed up with Professor Dick Ettema which we successfully have worked with in many projects concerning travel and quality of life”, says Professor Margareta Friman.
The aim of the book is to compile current knowledge into one edited volume, where several areas of research are integrated – including traffic and transport psychology, transport planning and engineering, transport geography, transport economics, consumer services, and wellbeing research – in order to discuss the various facets of the links between travel and wellbeing. The importance of mobility, accessibility, experiences and emotions for the wellbeing of people will be highlighted.
“We argue that an overall goal of every transport policy should be providing sustainable travel, accompanied by sustained or increased wellbeing. We hope that our book can serve as a guide in this work”, says Associate Professor Lars E. Olsson.
This volume analyzes the relevance of daily travel for the quality of life of individuals. It provides a broad understanding of the links between life satisfaction, well-being and travel, the importance of commuting, and different evaluations and measures to assess the experience of commuting and quality of life. Chapters in this book relate travel and quality of life to the built environment, accessibility and exclusion, travel mode choice, travel satisfaction and emotions. It brings together distinguished researchers from a variety of academic backgrounds providing conceptualizations and applications, presented as case studies, for daily travel and well-being. Findings presented in this book are highly relevant for transport planners, transport marketers, public transport authorities, and environmental professionals in the pursuit of improving people’s life.
The book “Quality of Life and Daily Travel” is published by Springer Publishing. The book is a part of the book series “Applying Quality of Life Research: Best Practices”, Springer Publishing, edited by Assistant Professor Helena Alves, University of Beira Interior, Portugal.
“The idea of the book evolved during an interesting talk with Helena Alves who was visiting CTF in 2016. As a result of this meeting, and via our international network we ended up with a book that addresses various aspects of daily travel. We hope that our book will be read by decision makers, journalists, researchers and other interested in the field”, says Professor Margareta Friman.