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Reference Number EP/N030524/1
Title ADAPT fellowship: smart approaches to influencing sustainable behaviour change
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Transport) 25%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 75%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Geography and Environmental Studies) 75%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 75%;
Principal Investigator Dr KJ Pangbourne
No email address given
Institute for Transport Studies
University of Leeds
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 06 June 2016
End Date 31 July 2022
Duration 73 months
Total Grant Value £605,064
Industrial Sectors Environment
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme LWEC : LWEC
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr KJ Pangbourne , Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (0.000%)
Project Contact , Department for Transport (DfT) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Cleanweb UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ecolane Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Association of Train Operating Companies (0.000%)
Project Contact , Transport Systems Catapult (0.000%)
Project Contact , TravelAi Ltd (0.000%)
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Abstract This EPSRC/LWEC Challenge Fellowship addresses the question "How can our cities, their hinterlands, linking infrastructure, rural surround and the regions they are in, be transformed to be resilient, sustainable, more economically viable and generally better places to live?". By 2050 it is probable that 80% of the world's population will live in urban centres, and as transport is a very significant contributor to global carbon emissions, as well as road congestion and urban air quality problems, it is important that everyone is encouraged to rethink their personal mobility behaviour.It is particularly important to encourage people to reduce urban car travel. However, increasingly our daily travel is also disrupted by weather as environmental changes are impacting on climatic patterns. Managing transport infrastructure affected by flooding, wind and extreme temperatures means that operators and authorities need to reduce demand on the network at such times for safety reasons. Messaging requirements are different between normal and emergency situations but the experience of disruption can also enable us to change our habitual behaviours.I investigate how to influence people to take voluntary action for mitigating and adapting to environmental change. My research combines computing science (persuasive technologies, human computer interaction and argumentation theory) with transport studies (geography, statistics, social science) to promote voluntary travel behaviour change to support adapting to and mitigating environmental change.I will explore and develop persuasive but ethical argumentation-based tools for supporting individual behaviour change for sustainable transport through the flow of information directed to the travelling public, in both normal and emergency situations, using available technologies such as Smartphones, web applications, customer information screens and variable message signs.Using persuasive technologies to influence behaviour change is an emerging area for transport research, though it is well established in other fields such as healthcare. There is growing interest in applying a practical argumentation approach to behaviour change, as it is self-evident that theories of behaviour change and persuasion (which underpin many existing behaviour change interventions, in transport, environment, energy and health, both on and off line) involve making use of arguments.As a result of this work there will be new ways to communicate persuasive arguments and solutions for making large and small changes to the way we travel. We will then be able to make decisions about our daily transport needs with confidence, knowing that we have the best information about the consequences for ourselves and for wider society.For example, improved information and more effective arguments may help more car drivers to have the confidence to use Park & Ride and Rail Parkway Stations to access urban centres. This will be of practicalvalue in reducing road congestion and urban air pollution.
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