Department Urban Development and Mobility

The happy Commuter: a life-oriented Approach of commuting SatisfactIOn (CASINO)

Commuting is one of the least enjoyable activities. It is often called ‘the stress that doesn’t pay’. In order to understand commuting satisfaction and how it changes over time, this project will use a life-oriented approach. This approach is based on a life course based research design of mobility behaviour while also paying attention to the interaction with other life domains such as residential environment, employment and time use. Such a longitudinal research design adds a dynamic layer to the presentlydominant static interpretation of commuting satisfaction. The project will evaluate the interaction between commuting satisfaction and the decision to move to another residential location or to change workplaces. In addition to secondary datasets (EU-SILC 2013, PSELL III), the project will also collect new, innovative data by an online retrospective survey and a 7 days smartphone tracking experiment in the cities of Ghent and Luxembourg. We will collect data from a large sample of people residing in Ghent (Belgium) or Luxembourg city (Luxembourg), and who recently moved residences or changed workplaces. First, using data from the online survey we will analyze the interaction between commuting satisfaction, overall life satisfaction, satisfaction with other life domains and life events. Then, tracking data will be used to explore the different ways in which individual commuting trips contribute to an overall (dis)liking of commuting.

project leader
project information
01/09/2019 - 31/08/2023
principal investigator
Véronique Van Acker
Ghent University
Supported by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)