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Opportunities and barriers of ride-sharing in work commuting – a case study in Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The world faces human-made hazardous weather events such as heat waves, droughts, floods andwildfires in dimensions which have never been seen before. A crucial contributor to this negative trendis the constantly growing transportation sector. In addition, most urban regions suffer from trafficcongestions which lead among others to local emissions, the loss of time and noise pollution. Onepromising approach to reduce the amount of transport related emissions is ride-sharing. This paperfocuses on the possibilities and barriers of ride-sharing for the daily commute to and from work. To gainreliably results, a real-life test trial was implemented at a Swedish corporation. The gatheredquantitative and qualitative datasets were analysed with the framework of Social Practice Theory, whichsplits up the practice into its three elements of materials, meanings and competences and therebydevelops revealing insights. The reason for the low participation rate during the test trial can be tracedback to the potential loss of flexibility. Despite a high environmental awareness and a deep trust relationto colleagues, the potential loss of flexibility was for most participants the crucial factor to not start ridesharing.Even though individuals’ opinions were very positive towards the idea of ride-sharing, theparticipation rate during the real-life study shows that the perception of ride-sharing highly derivatesfrom the action.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 50 pp p.
Series
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 2017/6
Keyword [en]
Sustainable Development, Social Practice Theory, emissions, ride-sharing, mobile application
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-324430OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-324430DiVA: diva2:1110033
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
Presentation
2017-05-31, Geocentrum, Villavägen, 16, Uppsala, 10:02 (English)
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Available from: 2017-06-16 Created: 2017-06-15 Last updated: 2017-06-16Bibliographically approved

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