Special Issue "Public Transport and Social Psychology"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Risser Ralf

FACTUM OG, Vienna Austria & Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Interests: qualitative survey techniques; behaviour observation (Developer of the Wiener Fahrprobe and derivatives); heuristic procedures like workshops etc.; group-dynamics-based creative and training measure
Guest Editor
Dr. Matúš Šucha

Department of Psychology, Philosophical Faculty, Palacky University Olomouc, Czechia
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Interests: traffic psychology; traffic safety; vulnerable road users

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

"Public transport and social psychology" To achieve (more) sustainable mobility is a most important goal in times of global warming, knowing that transport in its present form contributes considerably to this climate development. In order to reach this goal, the mobility behaviour of people has to change. Societies may want to take steps in order to enhance such a change in the behaviour of their citizens. Among other things, more use of public transport instead of cars will be one goal. Steps addressed to citizens to this end will have the goal of gaining a better understanding of the motives lying behind their mobility behaviour and to find ways to convince them to change it. In this connection there is a need to make use of psychology, more specifically social and traffic psychology, among other things. What are the attitudes of the citizens towards public transport in different societies? What barriers to its use can be identified? Are there types of lifestyles that are not compatible with the use of public transport? What is the role of prejudices concerning public transport? If such prejudices can be identified, what is their origin? What can be done to convince people to change their mobility behaviour? Can marketing models be made use of with success? Papers that deal with these questions and that make use of theories and methods from the area of social and traffic psychology will be accepted for being reviewed and eventually published, given the approval of the reviewers.

Prof. Risser Ralf
Dr. Matúš Šucha
Guest Editors

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  • psychological aspects of mode choice
  • mobility habits
  • role models
  • safety culture
  • social motives
  • public transport users as a social group
  • attitudes and persuasion
  • influence of opinion leaders

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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