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Living in a car-free housing

This doctoral thesis is about households living in car-free housing - residential developments where the inhabitants engage to live without a private car. I seek to understand why these households choose to live an such developments and how they are mobile in their everyday life in a world still dominated by the car. These questions will be addressed through the lifestyles that refer to values and mobility practices. The "mobility capital" - the potential mobility an individual possesses - and the strategies guiding residential choice and mobility practices will also be studied. Finally, the "territory's hosting potential" needed to live without a (private) car is addressed. Mixed methods - a survey and interviews - are used to study households living in nine car-free developments in Switzerland an Germany.

Research fields Urban studies
Transport and sustainable mobility
Comportement et choix modal
Keywords Sustainable urbanism
Residentail mobility
Sustainable mobility
Carfree housing
Funding UNIL
Duration October 2014 - September 2019
Researchers Baehler Daniel (PhD candidate)
Rérat Patrick (PhD supervisor)