Experience sampling in and around airports. Momentary subjective wellbeing, airports, and aviation noise in England

Fujiwara, Daniel, Lawton, Ricky N and MacKerron, George (2017) Experience sampling in and around airports. Momentary subjective wellbeing, airports, and aviation noise in England. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 56. pp. 43-54. ISSN 1361-9209

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We explore the wellbeing of people in and around English airports using real-time data from a large spatial positioning experience sampling dataset (Mappiness). We analyze the association between subjective wellbeing reported in the moment and aviation, in terms of airport location, aircraft noise, and activities within airports. This is the first time that a large Experience Sample Method (ESM) of momentary wellbeing measurements has been used to quantify the associations between aviation and subjective wellbeing. Being within areas of high levels of aircraft noise is associated with lower levels of happiness and relaxation. Those surveyed in proximity to airports report significantly lower levels of relaxation. These findings have important implications to policy. Exploiting the panel nature of the ESM data provides the strongest causal claims to date of the negative association between aviation activities and subjective wellbeing. The Mappiness application also allows us to assess the association between airports and wellbeing on those inside them, and divide activities within airports between those who work there and those who are passing through for travel purposes, as well as the effects of aircraft noise beyond airports. This gives us a broader insight into the range of impacts, both positive and negative, that aviation has on peoples' momentary wellbeing, which may be used to inform aviation noise mitigation and compensation policies in the future.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Happiness, Transport policy
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE170 Environmental policy
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and communications > HE9761 Air transportation. Airlines
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0790 Mental health. Mental illness prevention
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD0878 Special types of environment Including soil pollution, air pollution, noise pollution
Depositing User: George MacKerron
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2018 11:02
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2018 11:02
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/79579
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