Project: Urban Renaissance: Its Contribution to Sustainable Travel Amongst New Housing Occupants (ESRC Studentship)

Reference: STP 14/5/19

Last update: 03/02/2004 15:19:26


To establish the background position concerning trends in the socio-economic characteristics of cities generally (with particular reference to car ownership and travel behaviour) and parts of a selected city in particular.

In the context of above to identify and examine the chracteristics of the population in selected areas of new housing in contrasting parts of the selected city and to explore residents' perceptions of the urban environment and possible associations between these and their choice of home location, lifestyle and travel behaviour.

To offer conclusions on any distinctive features of travel behaviour (and the factors influencing it) evident in recent inner city housing developments benefiting from 'urban renaiassance' policies and on the implications for public policy in seeking to promote urban enviroments which will contribute to less car travel.


The aim of the research is to explore whether and how 'urban renaissance' improvements in inner cities are contributing to changes in travel behaviour which result in less car use. The research is focussed on new housing occupants on the basis that the house moves and associated changes in an individual's life-cycle are occasions when changes in travel behaviour are most likely to occur.


Oxford Brookes University
School of Planning, Gipsy Lane Campus, Headington, Oxford, OX3 0BP

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £27,500.00

Actual start date: 01 October 2002

Actual completion date: 30 September 2003