1st Edition

Digital Social Networks and Travel Behaviour in Urban Environments

ISBN 9781032087528
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
260 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book brings together conceptual and empirical insights to explore the interconnections between social networks based on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and travel behaviour in urban environments.

Over the past decade, rapid development of ICT has led to extensive social impacts and influence on travel and mobility patterns within urban spaces. A new field of research of digital social networks and travel behaviour is now emerging. This book presents state-of-the-art knowledge, cutting-edge research and integrated analysis methods from the fields of social networks, travel behaviour and urban analysis. It explores the challenges related to the question of how we can synchronize among social networks activities, transport means, intelligent communication/information technologies and the urban form.

This innovative book encourages multidisciplinary insights and fusion among three disciplines of social networks, travel behaviour and urban analysis. It offers new horizons for research and will be of interest to students and scholars studying mobilities, transport studies, urban geography, urban planning, the built environment and urban policy.

Table of Contents


Pnina Plaut and Dalit Shach-Pinsly

Part I: ICT Social Networks and Travel Behaviour - Theory and Practice

  1. Social networks theory: definitions and practice.
  2. Marija Mitrovic Dankulov, María del Mar Alonso-Almeida, Fariya Sharmeen and Agnieszka Lukasiewicz

  3. How to define Social Network in the context of mobilities?
  4. Bridgette Wessels, Sven Kesselring and Pnina Plaut

  5. Opinion dynamics and complex networks.
  6. Silvana Stefani, Maria Candelaria Gil-Farìna and Marija Mitrovic Dankulov

  7. Social Media and Travel Behaviour.
  8. Emmanouil Chaniotakis, Constantinos Antoniou, Loukas Dimitriou

  9. The Relationship between Social Networks and Spatial Mobility: A Mobile-Phone-Based Study in Estonia.
  10. Anniki Puura, Siiri Silm and Rein Ahas

  11. On the Relative Importance of Social Influence in Transport-Related Choice Behaviour: Empirical Evidence from Three Stated Choice Experiments.
  12. Bilin Han, Jinhee Kim, Soora Rasouli and Harry Timmermans

  13. Social networks in transit: exploring the development of new network-based travel practices.
  14. Tom Julsrud and Matthew Hanchard

    Part II: The Urban Perspective of ICT Social Networks and Travel Behaviour

  15. A typology of urban analysis models: disciplines and levels.
  16. Constantinos Antoniou, Dalit Shach-Pinsly, Slaven Gasparovic and Francois Sprumont

  17. Travel behaviour and social networks interactions with the urban environment, a review. João de Abreu e Silva, Giannis Adamos, Domokos Esztergar-Kiss, Jasna Mariotti, Maria Tsami and Mario Cools
  18. Modelling the city in dialogue with new social media and modes of travel behaviour.
  19. Antònia Casellas and Itzhak Omer

  20. Revisiting urban models with ICT data? Some examples from Brussels.
  21. Arnaud Adam, Gaëtan Montero, Olivier Finance, Ann Verhetsel and Isabelle Thomas

  22. The evolution of natural cities from the perspective of location-based social media.

Bin Jiang and Yufan Miao


Looking into the near future of ICT-enabled travel

Anne Vernez- Moudon


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Pnina O. Plaut is a professor of transport and urban planning and policy at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion-IIT. Her research interests focus on smart cities and new mobility services and the nexus among ICT social networks, travel behaviour and urban environments. She is Initiator and Chair of the EU Horizon 2020 COST Action TU1305 titled: Social Networks and Travel Behaviour.

Dalit Shach-Pinsly is an architect and urban designer who is currently a senior lecturer at the Technion–IIT. Her research deals with measuring and evaluating diverse qualitative aspects of the urban environment, such as the Security Rating Index (SRI), presented in her article in LAND journal. She is Co-Initiator of the EU Horizon 2020 COST Action TU1305 titled: Social Networks and Travel Behaviour.