"Exploring the Link Between Walkability and Subjective Wellbeing in Detroit Metro Area"
Walkability as a concept in urban planning is emerging since neighborhoods are less walkable and people are more dependent on their automobile today. On the research front, there is enough literature on the health benefits of walkability but the relation between walkability and subjective wellbeing remains understudied. The webinar will show the wellbeing effects of walking behavior of individuals living in Detroit metropolitan area. In addition to walking behavior, the research also focused on the activity of walking in the presence of neighborhood aesthetics like greenness, crime, streets maintenance which might alleviate positive or aggravate negative emotions while performing the act of walking.
Presented by: Aditi Manke
Aditi Manke is a 5th year PhD. candidate in Public Affairs at Rutgers University-Camden. Her main research interest lies in looking at the commute patterns undertaken by people for work and how it intersects with their subjective wellbeing. While working towards her thesis, she came across another dimension to commute which is built environment and how it shapes our walking behavior and commute mode choice for work. She recently defended her thesis proposal which focuses on the effects of built environment characteristics, walkability and commute on subjective wellbeing of people residing in Detroit Metro Area, United States.
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