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The Administrative Data Research Network is an ESRC-funded project that ran from October 2013 - July 2018. It is currently at the end of its funding cycle and is no longer taking applications. Administrative data research will be taken forward in a new project, to be launched later in 2018.

Trends and sociodemographic patterning of active commuting: analysis of the 2001 and 2011 waves of Scottish census

Research Overview

Active travel (predominantly walking and cycling) is considered as a practical way for individuals to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives. It provides substantial health and economic benefits, both at an individual and a population level, and potentially contributes to reducing health inequalities.  In Scotland, the promotion of active travel is a key policy priority for the Scottish Government.
In other parts of the United Kingdom, research has highlighted important differences in the levels of active travel. For example, being older, female and having a higher income were all linked with lower levels of active travel. This type of patterning by different socioeconomic factors has not been conducted in Scotland.


Research findings will be utilised by both the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) who are a centre of excellence in the field of physical activity for health and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health.  The Centres will disseminate their findings to practitioners, policy makers and key academics.

Government departments

Data from the Office for National Statistics and Scottish Government

Date approved 

November 2016

Research team

Dr Graham Baker (Lead), Dr Paul Kelly, University of Edinburgh and Bruce Whyte, Glasgow Centre for Population Health.

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