We've expanded and refreshed the User Guide for the Understanding Society main survey.
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.
Dr Kiron Chatterjee talks about his research on how transport use changes over people's lives.
Dr Chris Hand explores why some of us take action on the environment, and some of us don't.