Together with Anna-Karin Lindqvist, Associate Professor of Physiotherapy, she has been granted funding from Vinnova for the project in connection with the call "Changed travel habits - sustainable mobility - Investigate, develop and test behavior-changing solutions that contribute to climate-neutral and healthy travel habits".
"It is also in line with the university's vision 2030 on socially beneficial research", says Anna-Karin Lindqvist.
Walk or cycle to school
They state that today about half of the children walk or cycle to school. The Active School Transports project wants to increase it to 80 percent.
The research in the project Active school Transports shows that the social norms, ie the common perceptions of what is acceptable in society, are important for parents' decisions.
"There is a risk that we raise half a generation who does not not use active transports as children, which means that they will hardly do it as adults either", says Stina Rutberg.
The children in focus
By putting the children in focus, the researchers hope to be able to influence societal development in the area.
"The Convention on the Rights of the Child states, among other things, that children have the right to be heard in all matters concerning children and that in all decisions concerning children, the best interests of the children shall be taken into account. It is now a team", says Anna-Karin Lindqvist.
She believes that a lot of research on children is done by listening to adults, such as parents and experts of various kinds.
"In this project, we want the children to be involved and influence the development of social norms. Many children want to move, but free mobility has steadily declined in recent decades, despite increased road safety".
Lasts two years
The project is led by Luleå University of Technology and in collaboration with the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Dalarna University, Luleå Municipality and Vinter communications agency. The project has been granted SEK 3 million and will run for the next two years.