New research shows longer commute times are associated with lower job and leisure time satisfaction.
Understanding Society explores how, why and when we travel and whether our environmental behaviour and intentions match up.
Our environmental and transport behaviours can be influenced by a number of factors. Our home life, whether we're in employment, our wellbeing and the time we have available all impact on transport and environmental choices. Understanding Society helps researchers to investigate the links between these areas.
Understanding Society is a study of people within their household context. We interview all members of the household over the age of ten and re-interview them annually, as the Study is longitudinal. A sub-set of the Understanding Society sample can be traced back to 1991 using the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS). This design means we collect information which captures the interactions between people and their households with transport and environment behaviours; changing household circumstances, personal and household actions and evolving beliefs.
We ask children and adults regularly about their environmental behaviours and beliefs. Each year we ask households about their private transport and we regularly ask employees about their commutes to work.
Find out more about the key topic areas available in the questionnaire that focus on the environment and transport.
Topic Champion, Peter Lynn, talks about environmental attitudes, behaviours and actions.
In an age when we are all being encouraged to take more exercise, what can Understanding Society tell us about cycling or taking public transport to work? Dr Chance Pistoll and Professor Steven Cummins explain.