Using Q methodology to develop more perceptive insights on transport and social inclusion


Fiona Raje

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Journal Article

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ridership - attitudes, policy - social exclusion


Transportation policy, Social inclusion, Perception, Methodology, Methodologies, Mental attitudes, Exploratory studies, Attitudes, Accessibility


This paper describes an exploratory study using Q methodology to investigate perceptions of transport's role in people's lives. In this study, Q helped reveal four distinct attitudes towards transport amongst participants. The findings suggest that Q methodology offers an innovative way of defining discourses which frame participants' views on transport and that such micro-scale analysis can facilitate the development of more nuanced understandings of transport and social inclusion.


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