Transportation Seminar Speaker Dr. Noreen McDonald




"How to Explain Changing Travel Behavior? A Decomposition Approach"


ABSTRACT: The past decades have revealed surprising instability in individual travel patterns. Annual mileage driven has fluctuated by thousands of miles per person and these patterns have been apparent in Europe and North America. This presentation:

• explores how transport researchers have sought to understand the causes of these recent changes and their implications for the future,

• presents a decomposition approach, specifically the Oaxaca-Blinder method, using a case study of English travel patterns between 1995 and 2014, and

• considers the implications for long-range travel forecasting.

BIO: Professor McDonald’s work focuses on how infrastructure investments and technology change influence travel and the downstream impacts on road safety, public health, and planning practice. She is an internationally-recognized expert on the travel behavior of youth and young adults. Her current work explores how shared mobility and autonomous vehicles can impact pedestrian safety, access to healthcare, and goods movement. Prof. McDonald holds a PhD in City & Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and is currently the chair of the City and Regional Planning program at UNC Chapel Hill.

To see the video from the transporation seminar click on the links below: 

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Date and time: 
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 10:45 to 11:45
Location of Event: 
Mason BLDG 1133
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