The Evolution of Integrative Approaches to the Analysis of Quality of Urban Life

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


The focus in the chapter is on modeling relationships between attributes of urban environments and peoples’ subjective evaluations of QOL/QOUL at different levels of scale. This integrative approach has gained increasing attention in research on QOUL and has been greatly enhanced through the use of GIS technology. Much of the research has aimed at testing linkages between satisfaction with urban living and objective characteristics of the urban environment. That requires increasingly sophisticated research designs to understand the complex relationships between then objective conditions and situations and the subjective evaluation or assessment of the urban environment in which people live.


Life Satisfaction Geographic Information System Urban Environment Subjective Evaluation Objective Dimension 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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