On 12 December 2016 TRAIL PhD student Mignon van den Berg succesfully defended her PhD thesis ‘The Influence of Herding on Departure Choice in Case of an Evacuation: Design and analysis of a serious gaming experimental set-up’ at Delft University of Technology.
Increasing the ability to predict evacuation and travel choice behaviour during calamities or natural disasters can help to save many lives. Current disadvantages in existing data collection techniques require research to better understand that behaviour. This thesis deals with quantifying the effect of herding in evacuation choices using a serious gaming experimental set-up. The collected data has shown potential for better understanding and further research on evacuation choice behaviour.