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Recruiting Cyclists in Uppsala: Why do exchange students cycle?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The current trend of emissions from the transport sector is unsustainable. To increase cycling mitigates these emissions, while also actively promoting health and alleviating congestion within cities. However, the clear benefits from cycling, along with efforts from municipalities around the world to promote cycling, have not translated in a sufficient change in behavior to reverse the global trends in emissions. Rather than looking at individual behavior, Social Practice Theory (SPT) is concerned with the practice (of cycling) as a whole. Primarily through interviews with international students about their experiences cycling and how they picked up cycling in Uppsala, voted best bike city in Sweden in 2018, I present an analysis of the recruitment process, and the overall practice of cycling in Uppsala through the lens of SPT. In this thesis I found that the pervasiveness of cycling throughout Uppsala and the social networks created by exchange students work together to recruit practitioners and spread the practice of cycling.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 34
Series
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 2019/4
Keywords [en]
Cycling, Social Practice Theory, Recruitment, Sustainable Development
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-376705OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-376705DiVA, id: diva2:1287081
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
Presentation
2018-09-18, Stuffen, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 12:58 (English)
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Available from: 2019-02-08 Created: 2019-02-08 Last updated: 2019-02-08Bibliographically approved

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