The 2nd UTokyoIP-CUTI Special Seminar

We will conduct a special seminar, in which Dr. Phathinan Thaithatkul (Chulalongkorn University) is invited to make a special presentation about a case study on mobility of elderly people in Thailand. This event is held online from 4:00pm-5:30pm (Japan Standard Time), November 7 (Monday). We hope you will join us for the event and engage in this important conversation. The details are shown as follows. Thank you.

[2nd UTokyoIP-CUTI Special Seminar]

1) Time and day: 4:00pm-5:30pm (Japan Standard Time), November 7 (Monday), 2022

2) Place: Zoom meeting room (

3) Presentation

Title: Mobility, Activities, and Happiness in Old Age: Case of the Elderly in Bangkok


Thailand’s population is rapidly ageing, making it crucial that policy makers understand how to support the welfare of the elderly community. Using the metric of Subject Well-Being (SWB) — a marker overall happiness — our study investigates the links between SWB and senior citizens’ mobility, travel behaviors, and activities outside of the home with the aim of better understanding which factors contribute to higher quality of life for the elderly. We conducted a survey of the elderly in Bangkok, Thailand and derived descriptive statistics and performed a Latent Class Analysis and ordered logistics regression to understand these relationships. We found that active elderly was likely to have higher level of the SWB than inactive elderly. Public transport use and Out-of-home activities engagement were associated with active elderly’s SWB in Thailand. Recommendations for policy makers include improved design of public transport services for the elderly and expanded fare reduction pricing through state welfare for senior citizens.

4) Short bio of presenter

Dr. Phathinan Thaithatkul is a researcher at Transportation Institute, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand, and doctoral degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. She has experience working as a project researcher in Center for Spatial Information Science, the University of Tokyo, Japan. Her research interest covers urban mobility and transport planning. Her research focuses on the emerging mobile technology and urban mobility, e.g., ride-hailing services, ride-sharing services, and shared mobility services. She has been involved in an international research project on ride-hailing services. She also has experience in providing consulting services for Department of Land Transport in Thailand. Her consulting services cover the regulation framework for urban mobility.

5) Charge: free

6) Language: English only

7) Participation: Please contact Ms Tomoko Samukawa ( for joining this seminar, but you can join the seminar even without pre-registration.