Recipients of PSC Small Grant Awards

Toward a Measure of Transportation Insecurity: Understanding the Relationship between Transportation & Social Inequality

Alexandra Murphy, Alix Gould-Werth

Alexandra Murphy and Alix Gould-Werth

This study aims to remedy weaknesses in current scholarship on the link between transportation and social inequality. Despite the importance of transportation to individual wellbeing and opportunity, extant measures fail to precisely capture the ability to travel as needed at the individual level and are thus inadequate in generating nuanced understandings of how transportation is shaped by and shapes other forms of hardship. To overcome these limitations, we plan to develop the transportation security index, a novel measure of access to adequate transportation modeled after the food security index. We are seeking support for the initial phases of development of this index: the generation and testing of survey items that will comprise the index. We intend for this measure to eventually be used to produce national estimates of the prevalence of transportation insecurity and to improve scholarly knowledge of the role of transportation in the reproduction of
social inequality through quantitative research.

PSC Pilot Fund

Funding Period: 12/1/2014 to 08/31/2016