Quality of Life and Daily Travel: An Introduction
In this chapter, we provide an introduction to the topic and a brief overview of Quality of Life and Daily Travel. A short background of why it is relevant to study travel and wellbeing, along with definitions and concepts related to quality of life research – such as objective and subjective outcomes, and hedonic and eudaimonic outcomes – will be followed by an overview of the chapters of the book arranged in three parts: theoretical perspectives and conceptualizations, case studies, and future directions. The aim of this book, Quality of Life and Daily Travel, is to compile current knowledge into one edited volume, where several areas of research are integrated – including traffic and transport psychology, transport planning and engineering, transport geography, transport economics, consumer services, and wellbeing research – in order to discuss the various facets of the links between travel and wellbeing. The importance of mobility, accessibility, experiences and emotions for the wellbeing of people will be highlighted.
KeywordsDaily travel Quality in life Life satisfaction Hedonic wellbeing Eudaimonic wellbeing Happiness Subjective wellbeing
Financial support provided to Margareta Friman and Lars E Olsson for their work on this chapter was obtained through grant #43210-1 from the Swedish Energy Agency.
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