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Commuting and wellbeing: a critical overview of the literature with implications for policy and future research

Chatterjee, Kiron; Chng, Samuel; Clark, Ben; Davis, Adrian; De Vos, Jonas; Ettema, Dick; Handy, Susan; Martin, Adam; Reardon, Louise

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Samuel Chng

Ben Clark Ben4.Clark@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Transport Planning and Engineering

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Adrian Davis Adrian.Davis@uwe.ac.uk
SRF Behaviour Chge and Transitional Res

Jonas De Vos

Dick Ettema

Susan Handy

Adam Martin

Louise Reardon



Abstract

© 2019, © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This review provides a critical overview of what has been learnt about commuting’s impact on subjective wellbeing (SWB). It is structured around a conceptual model which assumes commuting can affect SWB over three time horizons: (i) during the journey; (ii) immediately after the journey; and (iii) over the longer term. Our assessment of the evidence shows that mood is lower during the commute than other daily activities and stress can be induced by congestion, crowding and unpredictability. People who walk or cycle to work are generally more satisfied with their commute than those who travel by car and especially those who use public transport. Satisfaction decreases with duration of commute, regardless of mode used, and increases when travelling with company. After the journey, evidence shows that the commute experience “spills over” into how people feel and perform at work and home. However, a consistent link between commuting and life satisfaction overall has not been established. The evidence suggests that commuters are generally successful in trading off the drawbacks of longer and more arduous commute journeys against the benefits they bring in relation to overall life satisfaction, but further research is required to understand the decision making involved. The evidence review points to six areas that warrant policy action and research: (i) enhancing the commute experience; (ii) increasing commute satisfaction; (iii) reducing the impacts of long duration commutes; (iv) meeting commuter preferences; (v) recognising flexibility and constraints in commuting routines and (vi) accounting for SWB impacts of commuting in policy making and appraisal.

Citation

Chatterjee, K., Chng, S., Clark, B., Davis, A., De Vos, J., Ettema, D., …Reardon, L. (2020). Commuting and wellbeing: a critical overview of the literature with implications for policy and future research. Transport Reviews, 40(1), https://doi.org/10.1080/01441647.2019.1649317

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 8, 2019
Online Publication Date Aug 1, 2019
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Jul 25, 2019
Publicly Available Date Oct 22, 2019
Journal Transport Reviews
Print ISSN 0144-1647
Electronic ISSN 1464-5327
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 1
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/01441647.2019.1649317
Keywords commuting; long duration commutes; stress; commute satisfaction; subjective wellbeing; life satisfaction
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/1724075

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