Engages students in transportation research design and execution, particularly in the field of travel behavior, transport policy and their interactions. The course dissects 12 projects from head to toe. Six projects shape travel behavior: information manipulation, commuting happiness and paradox, car pride structure and impact, nudging active travel with apps, environmental attitude and travel behavior, and senior's driving cessation. Six projects influence transport policies: salience in pricing, frame of reference and acceptance variations, policy market formation, agglomeration and high speed rail, superficial fairness of Beijing's lottery, and accidental behavioral experiment in Guangzhou.
Covers a spectrum of instruments for positively influencing travel behavior and transport policies. Illustrates how ideas are initiated, framed, analyzed, written, presented, criticized, revised, extended, quoted, and hopefully applied. Mixed into the cases are students' own projects to provide an opportunity for exploring research topics and corresponding datasets with hands-on research design experience, the opportunity to present at each stage of research development, and an intimate community for group learning. Students can use this course to inspire, prepare, develop and/or complete a thesis.