Gender, Age, and Transportation Hierarchies

This project seeks to examine the transportation behaviors and attitudes of several sub-groups within the refugee population in Vermont.  In particular, we seek to understand the impacts of transportation limitations, barriers, and opportunities on the resettlement and acculturation experiences of women, children, and the elderly with in the various refugee communities within Vermont (with a specific focus on refugees who have arrived since 2001, primarily from Africa and Asia).  As well, a key objective of this project is to examine in greater detail the culture of travel amongst refugee communities and whether transportation hierarchies are linked to the expectations and experiences of acculturation and resettlement.
The current study is proceeding in two phases. In the first, the research team is examining an existing data set of refugee and refugee service provider attitudes and disaggregating the data by variables including gender, age, and ethnicity in order to conduct micro-analyzes of needs, behaviors, and tendencies with regard to transportation. Particular attention is also being given to the question of cultural preferences for particular modes and forms of transportation. In the second, the research team is conducting focus groups and key informant interviews with selected participants of the sub-groups (women, children and the elderly) to broaden the project’s understanding of the attitudes, perceptions and perspectives of each group.