The Quality of Life in Dhaka, Bangladesh: Neighborhood Quality as a Major Component of Residential Satisfaction

  • Abul Mukim Mozammel Haque MridhaEmail author
  • Gary T. Moore
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 45)


Quality of life and the quality of the urban environment throughout the world are issues of concern for researchers as well as planners, policy makers, and urban residents. The chapter explores the quality of life (QOL) in six major residential areas in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as part of a citywide research program examining residential environments. How people assess their lives and life experiences and, in particular, their satisfactions with housing and neighborhoods are examined. Findings indicate the importance of the holistic socio-physical neighborhood as a major contributor to residential satisfaction in medium-rise and high-rise housing in Dhaka. Other findings revealed that specific socio-physical features of the neighborhood and community influence overall life satisfaction more than physical design features of dwellings.


Life Satisfaction Neighborhood Environment Residential Environment Recreation Facility Apartment Building 
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This chapter reports on the part of the research from an unpublished PhD thesis submitted by the first author under the supervision of the second author to the University of Sydney, 2010. The research was supported by Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to the first author. Acknowledgement is extended also to members of the Environment, Behaviour and Society Research Group for critical feedback, to five research assistants in Dhaka, and to the residents of Dhaka who participated as respondents in this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abul Mukim Mozammel Haque Mridha
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gary T. Moore
    • 2
  1. 1.Urban Research CentreUniversity of Western SydneyParramattaAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Architecture, Design and PlanningThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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