Preliminary results of the citizen workshops

(please note that this project is now closed)

The five 3hour workshops generated 40 hours of audio recordings, plus 40 flip-chart sheets of notes and 50+ Post-Its. This data has been analysed in a qualitative approach, using thematic and narrative analysis along with mapping and tabulations. The main focus of the analysis, for the purposes of this specific project, has been to identify a range of possible interventions that could be used to address the traffic congestion in the Exeter region.

To elicit the interventions, the preliminary analysis has condensed the recordings into key topics, and sub-topics, which are important to commuters and which affect their overall travelling experiences. These include, for example, well-being, decision making, sharing public spaces, public transport services and real-time information.

These interventions are in 3 levels: long term, strategic planning (3 options); intermediate, multi-stakeholder (20); and, immediate EST-project relevant (9). Further options may be identified with further analysis; however, due to the remaining time period for this specific project, ending November this year, the research team discussed and selected the most applicable intervention for trialling, based on available resources and capacity to measure any change(s) in behaviour. This intervention investigates the impact of mobile phone messaging on commuter travel mode choices.

If you have any queries about the project, please contact Prof. Stewart Barr on or 01392 723832.