Challenges for Quality of Urban Life Research

  • Robert W. MaransEmail author
  • Robert Stimson
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 45)


This concluding chapter reviews the goals for the book and the approach taken in achieving them. A key goal is providing a comprehensive review of alternative approaches to measuring, analyzing, and using quality of urban life (QOUL) research. The approach has been to accomplish this from a historical, theoretical, and methodological perspective. The practical perspective was illustrated through a series of QOUL case studies undertaken on different parts of the world. Shortcomings of the volume are then discussed as well as challenges for its contributors and for QOUL researchers elsewhere.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN), Faculty of Architecture, Building and PlanningUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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