UW research team seeks campus input with survey on coronavirus mobility impacts

Three professors are teaming for a study of the mobility impacts of the coronavirus - and they are inviting UW faculty, staff and students to complete a short online survey to assist the research.

The research is being conducted by Anne Vernez Moudon , professor emerita of urban design and planning in the College of Built Environments, with Jeff Ban , associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Qin Shen , professor of urban design and planning, along with student researchers.

The Catalyst survey, the researchers say, focuses on workers or students staying home and changing their commuting during the coronavirus and making "trade-offs between individual and household well-being and productivity.” It takes about 15 minutes to complete.

The research project "seeks to better understand the impact of abrupt changes following COVID 19-related shelter-in-place policies - changes including telecommuting, online shopping, virtual socializing and remote learning.”

Results from the survey, the researchers say, can inform future approaches to traffic and air pollution reduction over the long term, after the virus has passed. The virus and subsequent stay-at-home policies, the team writes, serve as "a natural experiment that could never have been conducted under normal circumstances.”

The survey has been circulated publicly for several days in the state and region, and the researchers are eager for input from the UW community. The survey has been approved by the UW Human Subjects Division and is funded by the Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium , a coalition of transportation professionals and educators from the UW and several other institutions.

The team is partnering with the Puget Sound Regional Council , which will have staff allocated to analyze the results, and the council intends to use the data for its regional transportation plan.

Find the survey here: catalyst.uw.edu/webq­/survey/moudon/391233

Tag(s): Anne Vernez Moudon o College of Built Environments o Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering o Department of Urban Design and Planning o Jeff Ban o Qin Shen

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