From Google API to go-along interviews: mixing methods to understand active travel infrastructure, behaviour, and attitudes

Thursday 23 June 2022
15:00 - 16:30 (BST)
Online (via Zoom)

Professor Rachel Aldred, Professor of Transport at the University of Westminster, and Director of the Active Travel Academy, will present at this UBDC research seminar.


Rachel will reflect on how she and colleagues are using a range of methods and data sources to address key research questions related to active travel. Much work is happening as part of a large ongoing NIHR mixed methods study focused on low traffic neighbourhoods, where methods range from analysis of granular sensor data and API calls to in-situ interviews and qualitative GIS. Other research has recently explored attitudes to cycling, including through a large TfL funded survey with data on determinants of attitudes to different travel modes, and a small-scale study into experiences of Black men who ride bikes. Rachel’s presentation will draw on several different studies to highlight both novel insights and still unanswered questions arising from the research programme.


Rachel is Professor of Transport and Director of Westminster University’s Active Travel Academy, which is supported by the Quintin Hogg Trust. She has more than fifty peer-reviewed publications on active travel and won in 2016 the ESRC Prize for Outstanding Impact on Public Policy. She leads projects funded by organisations including the National Institute for Health and Care Research, Department for Transport, and Transport for London. Rachel supervises seven PhD students and her teaching currently includes quantitative methods in transport studies. She is a qualitative sociologist by background.


Registration for this online event is available via Eventbrite and full details and instructions for joining will be circulated post-registration.