Design challenges in motivating change for sustainable urban mobility

Silvia Gabrielli*, Paula Forbes, Antti Jylhä, Simon Wells, Miika Sirén, Samuli Hemminki, Petteri Nurmi, Rosa Maimone, Judith Masthoff, Giulio Jacucci

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In recent years, the design and deployment of persuasive interventions for inducing sustainable urban mobility behaviors has become a very active research field, leveraging on the pervasive usage of social media and mobile apps by citizens in their daily life. Several challenges in designing and assessing motivational features for effective and long-lasting behavior change in this area have also been identified, such as the focus of most solutions on targeting and prescribing individual (versus collective) mobility choices, as well as a general lack of large-scale evaluations on the impact of these solutions on citizens' life. This paper reports lessons learnt from three parallel and complementary user studies, where motivational features for sustainable urban mobility, including social influence strategies delivered through social media, were prototyped, tested and refined. By reflecting on our results and design experiences so far, we aim to provide better guidance for future development of more effective solutions supporting citizens' adoption of sustainable mobility behaviors in urban settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)416-423
Number of pages8
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Early online date19 Jun 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014

Bibliographical note

Acknowledgment: This work has been supported by the FP7 IP Project SUPERHUB N. 289067.


  • Behavior change
  • Persuasive sustainability
  • Social media
  • Urban mobility interventions
  • User studies


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