The Commuting and Wellbeing study: understanding the impact of commuting on people's lives

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Kiron Chatterjee, Ben Clark, Adam Martin and Adrian Davis

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Subjective wellbeing is about how well people consider their lives are going and is potentially affected by routines of daily life such as commuting. Clear evidence has not been available on the impacts of commuting on subjective wellbeing. This report contains a summary of findings from a study that rigorously assessed how commuting impacts upon the lives of a large, representative sample of workers in England from the Understanding Society longitudinal study. The findings were also presented at an end of project showcase event held in London at the Department of Transport on 11 September 2017.


Psychology, Time Use, Labour Market, Well Being, Health, Transport, Commuting and Travel



Is referenced by: Hamilton, C. (2018) ‘Written evidence submitted by Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study (Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex) (ATR0040) [House of Commons Transport Select Committee on Active Travel]’. London: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Transport Select Committee.

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