SUBJECT TITLE: INTERMOB: A behavioral intervention to promote active travel modes in urban
LABORATORY’S NAME: SENS & PACTE
UNIVERSITY: GRENOBLE ALPES, FRANCE
SUPERVISOR’S NAME: AINA CHALABAEV (SENS), SARAH DUCHE (PACTE)
THESIS COMMITTEE (to be confirmed) : Sonia Chardonnel, Kamila Tabaka, Philippe Sarrazin,
Sandrine Isoard-Gautheur, Jean-Philippe Heuze´, Julie Valle´e
Motorized mobility is a major cause of sedentarity and physical inactivity, and heavily
contributes to air pollution. Despite its negative impacts on health, car use remains the norm in
daily transport mainly because of the daily individual activity organizations and the spatial
distribution of residences, workplaces and urban resources. The goal of the INTERMOB project
is to develop and test an intervention aimed at changing travel behavior, and more particularly
at reducing car use for more active transport modes, such as cycling and walking. The
intervention will be theory-based, by including behavioral change techniques identified as
efficient in contemporary models of behavior change issued from social and health psychology.
In addition, it will take into account theoretical contributions from geography concerning
mobility and accessibility issues. The intervention will also include incentives such as discounts
for public transport and bicycle. Development of the intervention will follow the methodology
of randomized controlled trials, by randomly assigning participants who use their car as their
preferred travel mode in different intervention and control conditions.
Other specificities of this intervention will be to examine the long-term effects of the
intervention and to include objective measurements of behavior change and environmental
exposures. Specifically, the groups will be followed over two years. Time-space activity (GPS
monitoring), physical activity (actimetry), living and mobility conditions, quality of life and
motivational variables (questionnaires and interviews) will be assessed before, during and after
the intervention period.
The INTERMOB project is part of MOBILAIR, a pluridisciplinary project which brings together
economists, geographers, psychologists, sociologists, epidemiologists, and chemists from Univ.
Grenoble Alpes, around the air pollution reduction question.
The recruited PhD student needs to have a strong background in psychology (sport psychology,
social psychology, or health psychology) and more particularly in contemporary models of
behavior change. The PhD student also needs to have a strong interest for urban mobility issues
and will have to collaborate with PACTE team in order to integrate spatial indicators in the
analysis. Methodological skills (randomized controlled trials, experimental and longitudinal
designs), quantitative analysis skills, English-writing skills, and team-work skills are also
- must hold a Master's degree (or be about to earn one) or have a university degree equivalent to a European
Master's (5-year duration),
Applicants will have to send an application letter in English and attach:
- Their last diploma
- Their CV
- A motivation letter and a short presentation of their scientific project (2 to 3 pages max)
- Letters of recommendation are welcome.