April 26, 2013

The Influence of Residential Dissonance on Travel Behavior


1:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


1605 Tilia, Room 1103, West Village


Jonas De Vos, PhD student, Geography Department, Ghent University | Visiting Scholar, ITS-Davis


Recent empirical studies have shown that attitudes and lifestyles are important determinants of travel behavior and modal choice. Less obvious and documented is that these ‘soft variables’ also influence other, non-travel related aspects such as residential choice. The result is that preferred residential neighborhoods may not always match with the actual residential neighborhood. This residential dissonance (or mismatch) also has its influence on travel behavior and travel satisfaction since the preferred travel modes of dissonant residents may not be ideally available in their actual neighborhood.

Biographical Sketch

Jonas De Vos is a PhD student at the Geography Department of Ghent University and is now, for six months (December 2012-June 2013), a visiting scholar at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis. He holds a Master’s degree in Geography (Ghent University, 2010) and Urbanism and Spatial Planning (Ghent University, 2011). Jonas’ research focuses on the link between residential self-selection, travel satisfaction and well-being.