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Mobility, social exclusion and well-being: Exploring the links

  • Stanley, John K.
  • Hensher, David A.
  • Stanley, Janet R.
  • Vella-Brodrick, Dianne

Building on a growing research foundation, transport policy makers have begun to associate the ability to be mobile with having a role in the facilitation of social inclusion. However, the further connection to well-being is not as well understood. This paper explores the association between a person's travel patterns, their risk of social exclusion and self-assessed well-being. Key influences on social exclusion are discussed, with trip making emerging as a significant influence. Trip making is not a significant direct influence on well-being but does exercise an indirect influence through the impact on risk of social exclusion. The modelling process enables a value for additional trips to be estimated, the value being about four times the values derived from conventional generated traffic approaches. Similar high values are found in separate metropolitan and regional case studies, confirming the significance of the results.

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Volume (Year): 45 (2011)
Issue (Month): 8 (October)
Pages: 789-801

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