How Can Interdisciplinary Teams Leverage Emerging Technologies to Respond to Transportation Infrastructure Needs? A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of Civil Engineers, Urban Planning, and Social Workers’ Perspectives

This study seeks to explore how engineers, planners, and social workers interact around issues of transportation and transportation equity and to identify opportunities for enhanced collaboration and training in anticipation of emerging transportation needs for environmental justice (EJ) populations. This study will lay the foundation for future educational research, identify strategies for using two Android apps (Safe Activity and My Amble) developed at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), and identify opportunities for collaborative solutions within the state-of-the-practice. The study will assess the current level of knowledge amongst professionals (engineers, planners, and social workers) about the training needs of the other professions under investigation and their own preparation for collaborating across disciplines in order to improve transportation equity for EJ populations. The study also seeks to identify the benefits and strategies for engineers, planners, and social workers in collaboration on transportation infrastructure and policy decisions. This study uses a mixed-methods, sequential exploratory design to gather information from engineers, planners, and social workers through qualitative and subsequent quantitative data collection methods. This two-phase design will include: (1) focus groups to identify common themes of collaboration around app technologies, which will (2) inform the creation of a quantitative survey that allows us to measure the extent of agreement about these themes across the three groups. The research team will use the results to develop specific recommendations for enhancing inter-disciplinary collaboration around transportation equity for EJ populations. The research team also expects this study to provide the background for developing a cross-disciplinary course between the UTA College of Engineering and the School of Social Work to address transportation equity and activity scheduling of EJ populations.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $40000
  • Contract Numbers:

    UTC 1176

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    University of Texas at Arlington

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Box 19308
    Arlington, TX  United States  76019

    University of Texas at Arlington

    School of Social Work
    Box 19308
    Arlington, TX  United States  76019-0308

    University of Texas at Arlington

    Box 19308
    Arlington, TX  United States  76019-0308
  • Managing Organizations:

    TREC at Portland State University

    1900 SW Fourth Ave, Suite 175
    P.O. Box 751
    Portland, Oregon  United States  97201
  • Project Managers:

    Hagedorn, Hau

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Texas at Arlington

    School of Social Work
    Box 19308
    Arlington, TX  United States  76019-0308

    University of Texas at Arlington

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Box 19308
    Arlington, TX  United States  76019
  • Principal Investigators:

    Fields, Noelle

    Mattingly, Stephen

    Hyun, Kate

    Cronley, Courtney

  • Start Date: 20171101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20181031
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: http://nitc.trec.pdx.edu/research/project/1176

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01651396
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Institute for Transportation and Communities
  • Contract Numbers: UTC 1176
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 21 2017 4:22PM