Children's Activities, Perceptions and Behaviour in the Local Environment

CAPABLE is a joint research project between four University College London (UCL) departments and four non-academic partners. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), this project will study children's behaviour and perceptions in an effort to understand how children currently use the local environment and what can be done to make it easier and safer for them to move about on foot.

Main objectives of this research project are:
  • To understand the nature and structure of routes, spaces and networks as used and perceived by children
  • To assess the extent to which the local environment meets the needs of children and their activities
  • To develop a better understanding of the impact of the local environment on children's behaviour and spatial understanding
  • To develop, calibrate and apply models of children's spatial movement
  • To estimate the potential for increased incidence of walking and other modes of movement such as cycling, skateboards, and rollerblades to see how adequate the provision is for them.

There will be three main strands to the project:

How children play in their local environment?
How children perceive their local environment?