The Brisbane-South East Queensland Region, Australia: Subjective Assessment of Quality of Urban Life and Changes over Time

  • Robert StimsonEmail author
  • Rod McCrea
  • John Western
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 45)


The results of two surveys of QOL conducted in the Brisbane-SEQ region, Australia’s third largest metropolis, conducted in 1997 and 2003 are discussed. The studies conceptualized QOUL as being multi-layered – in the sense of its representation at the individual, family, local community and wider metropolitan levels – and multi-dimensional in its reflection on various aspects of urban life. The chapter summarizes the findings from the analysis the data collected through the surveys, emphasizing the degree of spatial variations across the region in survey respondent’s subjective evaluations of a series of QOL domains and their attitudes to and perceptions of a number of planning issues confronting the region. The degree of change and stability in those subjective assessments over the period 1997–2003 are discussed.


Public Transport Survey Respondent Urban Sprawl Gold Coast Child Care Facility 
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The authors are indebted to the people living in the SEQ region who participated in both the 1997 and the 2003 SEQ surveys for providing the information reported in an aggregated form in this paper. We also thank the teams of interviewers who conducted the interviews for those surveys using Social Research Centre’s CATI system at The University of Queensland. The surveys were funded by grants from the Australian Research Council Discovery Projects #C595301132 and #DP0209146.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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