Active transport, health, and environment (ASTHAIR)

En quelques mots

ASTHAIR aims to understand what needs to be done to promote and increase the engagement on active transportation whithin the population. The project aims to address the two levels of the socio-ecological model for health promotion : the individual level, and the societal level ; the individual level focuses on the knowledge and attitude of each person and the societal level involves the local policies, norms, and cultures.

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Projet de recherche de l'Axe 2

DATE : 2021

RESPONSABLES : Nuttanun Siriaporn et Anne Vuillemin, LAMHESS

DISCIPLINES : public health, urban planning, urban transport, systems thinking

MOTS-CLÉS : active transportation, transport actif, activités physiques, physical activity, policies, politiques publiques, decision-makers, population health, santé des populations, concept mapping, cartographie conceptuelle


Description du projet



Integrating active transportation in daily commute and routines can be the solution to increase physical activity and meet public health recommendations of physical activity. This solution does not only improve population health but also environmental and planetary health by reducing carbon emission and energy consumption. To promote active transportation,  individuals needs to be engaged and governmental stakeholders need to endorse active transportation policies. However, policymakers and decision-makers may come from different sectors with different goals and working language. These barriers needs to be assessed in order to find the right solution to improve active transportation policies. It is also important to understand peoples' opinion and the obstacles they face to be able to reduce barriers and encourage action.


The main objective is to study people and governamental officials' opinions on perceived barriers to active transportation. The goal is to be able to show these data and trends in a way that is easy to understand and utilize it in policy planning and actions. This information will be used to plan for the development of a mobile application framework to promote active transportation, as a part of the ASTHAIR project. The other part of the ASTHAIR project is to perform a health impact assessment. This is to assess planned policies and their effects on health, as a "Health in All Policies" initiative. This project will focus on the population and governmental stakeholders of the city of Nice.


Concept mapping is a methodology that takes thoughts and ideas from various communities and visualizes it to be easily understood. The method uses a participatory approach trough GroupWisdom™ (social research platform that specializes in group concept mapping, with online data collection, analysis, and training).
Through the software, we create two sets of survey questionnaires, one for governmental stakeholders, and the other for population.
To reach the population of the study, we disseminate a brief online survey through Nice local newspaper and/or magazine ad post with a QR code. For the governmental stakeholders, an online survey is used as well, but sent directly to participants.
The research questions are:

  • What are the needs and gaps, in motivation, access, and infrastructure (but not limited to), to switch to/to engage more in active transportation?
  • Do their perceived needs and gaps differ by groups of stakeholders? (e.g. car drivers, active transport users, public transport users)
  • What factors influence governmental stakeholders’ decision to support AT?
  • Do these influential factors different between governmental sectors?

Interdisciplinarité et partenariats


Nuttanun Siriaporn, doctoral candidate in public health, sustainable transport, and environment, and Anne Vuillemin, university professor, are leading this research project within the LAMHESS laboratory at Université Côte d'Azur.


  • Laboratoire RETINES (Université Côte d'Azur)
  • City of Nice


  • Centre for environmental policy, Imperial College London (UNITED KINGDOM)

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Résultats et valorisation

Results have shown the need for an interdisciplinary intervention that can lead to a health-socio-economic impact. The findings of this study can be used to develop this type of intervention, which could promote and encourage active transportation.


Future research should explore how these factors can be adapted and developed into a mobile app-based intervention for further test for behavior change.
Our next step is to design a model, with a system approach, to inform various stakeholders on factors and actions to take to promotion active transport on a local level. The model will be based on the results from the concept mapping and key literatures. The plan is to also conceptually design a mobile app to work as a personal health (use of mobile phones and other wireless technology in medical care) intervention and a platform for users to communicate their support on factors and actions on the model for stakeholders.


The study was presented in three conferences, consisting of two oral presentations and one poster presentation. The oral presentations were:

  • Nuttanun Siriaporn, Concept mapping to co-create intervention to promote active transport, 9th RMER conference at MCI The Entrepreneurial School in Innsbruck, Austria - 27–29 September 2022
  • Claudia Zoller & Nuttanun Siriaporn, Interventions in urban environments to reduce NCD risk (GACD), Ulysseus’s Compass Researchers’ Days in Nice - 04-06 October 2022

The poster presentation was at Urban Transition 2022 Conference in Sitges, Spain. See the presentation in the ANNEXES below.

The project was also presented twice at Academie 5's Journées thématiques - 24-25 march 2022 & 14 april 2023 - See the presentation in the ANNEXES below.

Diffusion de la recherche

The project was also presented in Nice at:

  • Nuit des chercheurs 2021
  • Nuit des chercheurs 2022



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