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Let’s Have a Walk Outside: A Qualitative Study of the Relation Between the Built Environment and People’s Decision to Walk
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The importance of walking-friendly environments is becoming evermoreprevalent among scholars, decision makers and planners. While the body ofquantitative studies in the field of walkability and the built environment is growing,qualitative research on walking behaviors is still limited. By employing twoqualitative research methods, this thesis tackles the question of walkability from anew angle. In-depth, walk-along interviews and observations were conducted inGroningen, the Netherlands, in order to investigate how residents perceive walkabilityqualities in two neighborhoods that resemble each other in socio-economic aspects,but differ in terms of the physical environment. The findings shed light on theinfluence of the built environment on people while walking, as well as on themechanism behind people’s walking needs.

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2015. , 65 p.
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118647OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-118647DiVA: diva2:825940
Available from: 2015-06-25 Created: 2015-06-24 Last updated: 2015-06-25Bibliographically approved

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