Investigating Quality of Urban Life

Theory, Methods, and Empirical Research

  • Robert W. Marans
  • Robert J. Stimson

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 45)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Robert W. Marans, Robert Stimson
    Pages 1-29
  3. Approaches to the Study of Quality of Life and Quality of Urban Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Robert Stimson, Robert W. Marans
      Pages 33-53
    3. Rod McCrea, Robert W. Marans, Robert Stimson, John Western
      Pages 55-75
    4. Rod McCrea, Robert Stimson, Robert W. Marans
      Pages 77-104
  4. Empirical Studies of the Objective Measurement of Quality of Urban Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Gordon F. Mulligan, John I. Carruthers
      Pages 107-133
  5. Empirical Studies of the Subjective Assessment of Quality of Urban Life Illustrated by a Selection of Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Robert W. Marans, Byoung-Suk Kweon
      Pages 163-183
    3. Handan Türkoğlu, Fulin Bölen, Perver Korça Baran, Fatih Terzi
      Pages 209-231
    4. Alexander G. Keul, Thomas Prinz
      Pages 273-293
    5. Benjamin L. Messer, Don A. Dillman
      Pages 315-343
  6. Innovations in Modeling Quality of Urban Life Data

  7. The Way Forward

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 435-435
    2. Robert W. Marans, Robert Stimson
      Pages 437-444
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 445-453

About this book


This volume synthesizes past and current, international research on the quality of urban life. It emphasizes the contributions of the urban environment to the overall well-being of residents living in urban areas ranging in scale from small cities and their hinterlands to metropolitan regions. The term urban environment refers to the socio-physical aspects of urban living ranging from individual dwellings and neighborhoods to public services (i.e. transportation, rubbish collection, etc.) to neighbors and community organizations. The work emphasizes not only perceptions of and behaviors within urban environments but the actual conditions to which individuals are responding. The research covers both the subjective and behavioral aspects of urban living as well as the objective conditions which drive them.

Drawing on collaborative research with a broad group of researchers in a variety of settings around the world, the book incorporates theoretical and methodological approaches to the conceptualizing and measuring of quality of life. It covers research designs that are based on both the analysis and modeling of aggregate secondary data and on the collection, analysis and modeling of primary survey data on subjective urban quality of life.


quality of life survey research urban and regional planning urban social analysis

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert W. Marans
    • 1
  • Robert J. Stimson
    • 2
  1. 1.Inst. Social ResearchUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Network (AURIN), University of Melbourne, Architecture Building and PlanningAustralian Urban Research InfrastructureMelbourneAustralia

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