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Differences between accessibility as calculated by models and perceived by individuals.

Forskningsprojekt
Pågående forskning
Projekttid
2019 - 2023
Projektägare
Avdelningen för kulturgeografi, Institutionen för ekonomi och samhälle

Kort beskrivning

Accessibility, the ease of reaching destinations, is increasingly used as an indicator for urban and transport planning. A question then arises regarding whether these indicators actually capture accessibility as perceived by individuals and to what extend. Failing to do so could potentially prove problematic for planning practice, as policies may not have the desired effect. The aim of the research is to shed light on the relationship between accessibility indicators and accessibility perceptions. Moreover, to identify factors which bring the two concepts together or set them apart.

Doktorand: Evangelos Vafeiadis
Handledare: Anders Larsson

Accessibility, the ease of reaching destinations, is increasingly used as an indicator for urban and transport planning. Traditionally, relevant research was focused on the effects of urban structure on accessibility. However, during the last decade, there is also a growing focus on individual preferences and perceptions of accessibility. This dichotomy, which is usually referred to as “objective” and “perceived” accessibility, poses questions with regard to the relation between the two.

The purpose of this project is to investigate this relationship between “objective” and perceived accessibility. Drawing upon relevant theories from the field of  geography and psychology, the project’s goal is to identify factors which bring the two concepts together or set them apart. In order to do so, the project aspires to use a mixed-methods research approach by utilizing quantitative analysis of survey data and qualitative analysis of interview data, focusing on Gothenburg’s continuous urban fabric.

The results of the thesis are expected to advance the field of accessibility research by:

  • Supplying empirical evidence of perceived and “objective” accessibility
  • Shedding light on important factors that affect perceived accessibility levels for different transport modes and social groups
  • Identifying the factors that cause differences between “objective” and perceived levels of accessibility
  • Bridging the gap between perceived and “objective” accessibility