Special Issue of Transportation Research Part D – Transport and Environment

Theme: Travel satisfaction and related well-being

Guest editors:

  • Yanan Gao, Associate Professor, College of Transportation Engineering, Chang’an University, China, gaoyanan@chd.edu.cn

  • Soora Rasouli, Professor, Urban Planning and Transportation Group, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, s.rasouli@tue.nl

  • Patrick Singleton, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Utah State University, U.S.A., patrick.singleton@usu.edu

  • Alexa Delbosc, Senior Lecturer, Monash University, Australia, alexa.delbosc@monash.edu


Subjective well-being, defined as people’s cognitive and emotional evaluations of their lives, has been proposed in many life domains as a measure of individuals’ benefit. Travel and subjective well-being can be viewed from different angles. On the one hand, travel is viewed as a life domain. Satisfaction with travel, which is typically influenced by trip characteristics and moderated by personality and mood, is hypothesized to impact overall subjective well-being. On the other hand, travel-related well-being and psychometric instruments to measure its affective and eudemonic aspects (such as enjoyment, excitement, autonomy, and power) can serve as a dimension influencing overall well-being. In either case, for well-being indicators to contribute to improving human living conditions, they must be usable in making policy decisions.  

Against this background, this special issue aims to promote in-depth research on travel-related well-being as well as travel satisfaction and their role (among satisfaction with other life domains) in overall subjective well-being. The special issue aims for the development of new models, new data (using information and communication technologies or other technologies), and new insights in the field of travel and well-being, leading to applications for policy recommendations. We are particularly interested in the following topics:

  • Interactive, nonlinear, and heterogeneous effects on travel satisfaction and well-being

  • Conceptualizations of the role of travel satisfaction and well-being in travel and location choices (decision utility, experienced utility, etc.)

  • Intervention or longitudinal studies linking travel and other behaviors to travel satisfaction and well-being

  • Emerging technologies (such as shared mobility, vehicle electrification, and automation) and travel-related well-being

Other topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Developing and empirically testing psychometric constructs to measure travel-related well-being

  • New methods or technologies of measuring travel-related well-being

  • Travel behavior and well-being, particularly due to COVID-19

  • Policy recommendations aimed at increasing travel-related well-being to support sustainable travel behavior

This issue will be a virtual special issue. It means that your paper will appear in the next regular issue after it is accepted. After all papers are accepted, guest editors will compile a virtual issue on the journal website. For an example of virtual issues, visit https://www.journals.elsevier.com/applied-soft-computing/news/virtual-special-issue-vsi-introduction


Full papers are due by August 15, 2023.


Submission Method:

All submissions must be original and may not be under review elsewhere. All manuscripts will be submitted via the Transportation Research Part D (TRD) online submission system. Authors should indicate that the paper is submitted for consideration for publication in this special issue. When choosing Manuscript “Article Type” during the submission procedure, click “VSI: travel well-being”, otherwise your submission will be handled as a regular manuscript. Author Guidelines: https://www.elsevier.com/journals/transportation-research-part-d-transport-and-environment/1361-9209/guide-for-authorsAll submitted papers should address significant issues pertinent to the theme of this issue and fall within the scope of Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. Criteria for acceptance include originality, contribution and scientific merit. All manuscripts must be written in English with high scientific writing standards. Acceptance for publication will be based on referees’ and editors’ recommendations, following a detailed peer review process.