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Journal Social sciences – special issue

Journal Social sciences

Special issue: “Public transport and social psychology”

Hosting editors: Prof. Ralf Risser, Matus Sucha, PhD.

To achieve (more) sustainable mobility is a most important goal in times of global warming, knowing that transport in its present form contributes considerably to this climate development. In order to reach this goal, the mobility behaviour of people has to change. Societies may want to take steps in order to enhance such a change in the behaviour of their citizens. Among other things, the use of public transport instead of cars will be one goal. Steps addressed to citizens to this end will have the goal of gaining a better understanding of the motives lying behind their mobility behaviour and to find ways to convince them to change it. In this connection there is a need to make use of psychology, more specifically social and traffic psychology, among other things.

What are the attitudes of the citizens towards public transport in different societies? What barriers to its use can be identified? Are there types of lifestyles that are not compatible with the use of public transport? What is the role of prejudices concerning public transport? If such prejudices can be identified, what is their origin? What can be done to convince people to change their mobility behaviour? Can marketing models be made use of with success?

Papers that deal with these questions and that make use of theories and methods from the area of social and traffic psychology will be accepted for being reviewed and eventually published, given the approval of the reviewers.


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