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May 21, 2020

Survey follow-up: UW research team seeks campus input on continuing COVID-19 mobility impacts

Anne Vernez Moudon

Anne Vernez Moudon

[UPDATE Nov. 19, 2020] Are we getting “pandemic fatigue?” The UW survey below, conducted by in spring, sought faculty and staff views on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected telecommuting, online shopping, virtual socializing and remote learning.

The research team is now following up, asking questions relating to productivity at work, well-being at home and plans for mobility once the pandemic is under control. They are looking for survey participants to complete this new survey by Thanksgiving. The survey takes 15 minutes or less, depending on employment status. Find it here.

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[ORIGINAL POST May 21, 2020] Three professors are teaming for a study of the mobility impacts of the coronavirus — and they are inviting UW faculty, staff and students to complete a short online survey to assist the research.

The research is being conducted by Anne Vernez Moudon, professor emerita of urban design and planning in the College of Built Environments, with Jeff Ban, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Qing Shen, professor of urban design and planning, along with student researchers.

The Catalyst survey, the researchers say, focuses on workers or students staying home and changing their commuting during the coronavirus and making “trade-offs between individual and household well-being and productivity.” It takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Jeff Ban

Jeff Ban

The research project “seeks to better understand the impact of abrupt changes following COVID 19-related shelter-in-place policies — changes including telecommuting, online shopping, virtual socializing and remote learning.”

Results from the survey, the researchers say, can inform future approaches to traffic and air pollution reduction over the long term, after the virus has passed. The virus and subsequent stay-at-home policies, the team writes, serve as “a natural experiment that could never have been conducted under normal circumstances.”

Qin Shen

Qing Shen

The survey has been circulated publicly for several days in the state and region, and the researchers are eager for input from the UW community. The survey has been approved by the UW Human Subjects Division and is funded by the Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium, a coalition of transportation professionals and educators from the UW and several other institutions.

The team is partnering with the Puget Sound Regional Council, which will have staff allocated to analyze the results, and the council intends to use the data for its regional transportation plan.

Find the survey here: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/moudon/391233