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What drives South Asians in Australia to drive? Unpacking the determinants of immigrants' and international students' mobility choices

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posted on 13.05.2021, 14:10 by RAHMAN SHAFI
This thesis explores the mobility choices of South Asian immigrants in Australia. By using various datasets, the research in this thesis addresses the unique travel patterns and lifestyle choices that set them apart from native-born Australians, including less travel by car and more travel by public transport and active travel. Unfortunately, this evolves into high levels of car-dependency over time due to concerns with and perceived higher costs of non-car modes of travel. With Australia’s population growth fuelled by incoming immigrants of various cultural backgrounds, such research has the potential to better understand and serve their, and the broader population’s, travel needs.


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Principal supervisor

Alexa Delbosc

Additional supervisor 1

Geoffrey Rose

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Civil Engineering


Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Engineering