Urban Transport Modelling for Sustainable Well-Being in Hanoi: Developing a New Data Dashboard

Urban Transport Modelling for Sustainable Well-Being in Hanoi: Developing a New Data Dashboard

This internship is developing a data dashboard to allow travel survey data to be explored and visualized. The data are being collected in Hà Nội as part of a British Academy project to support urban transport modelling in the context of a rapid urban expansion and the difficulties this places on formal infrastructures. The dashboard will provide a tool for policy makers and others able to support examination of data interactions, which include the types of journeys people make (reason, distance, travel time), how they make them (transport mode) and for what reason. It will also support examination of these by respondent socio-economic characteristics (age, gender, occupation, etc.). As well as generating summaries of the data, the dashboard will allow policy makers to explore ‘what if’ scenarios around attitudes towards a proposed motorbike ban in Hà Nội and stated transport preferences. Furthermore, an incorporation of some dynamic mapping will enable them to explore how patterns and trends identified vary spatially.

The need for this work is because transport infrastructures are failing to keep pace with urban expansion, many informal transport infrastructures are emerging, which are dominated by the use of motorbikes—a major contributor to traffic congestion, air pollution and noise pollution. The wider project will be developing some models from the data collected and the dashboard will allow policy makers at the highest levels of government in Vietnam to interrogate these models and data in order to develop an understanding of the trends in the data, and answer research questions, and to thereby make informed decisions.