Social Indicators Research

, Volume 87, Issue 2, pp 211–221

Sustainable Housing in the Urban Context: International Sustainable Development Indicator Sets and Housing


DOI: 10.1007/s11205-007-9165-8

Cite this article as:
Winston, N. & Pareja Eastaway, M. Soc Indic Res (2008) 87: 211. doi:10.1007/s11205-007-9165-8


Housing, an essential aspect of quality of life, is also significant for sustainable development (SD). All of the major international statements on SD refer to housing or settlement strategies. However, indicator sets derived from these statements often fail to include good indicators of sustainable housing. This article outlines the conceptualisation of SD and housing from the international statements. It proceeds by describing the international indicator sets which have been constructed based on these policy statements. International organisations such as the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union (EU) have all produced indicator sets. However, this article contends that housing is an underdeveloped indicator and calls for more attention to be paid to the importance of aspects of housing for SD and the measurement of progress towards it via social indicators.


Housing Indicators Sustainable development Sustainability indicators Urban sustainability indicators Housing and the environment Quality of life 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Applied Social ScienceUniversity College DublinDublin 4Republic of Ireland
  2. 2.Escola d’Empresarials, Departament de Teoria EconòmicaUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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