Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Quality of Life and Sustainable Development

  • Luana Dandara Barreto Torres
  • Gabriela Farias Asmus
  • Sônia Regina da Cal SeixasEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_26

Definition

The definition of quality of life has been discussed under various subjects throughout the decades, such as psychology, medicine, economics, environmental science, and sociology (Costanza et al. 2006). Many authors have tried to coin the term: Costanza et al. (2006) present the general assumption that quality of life is the extent to which human needs are met and human satisfaction is perceived; Minayo et al. (2000) present the idea that quality of life is synonym of health, recognizing, nevertheless, that this concept needs to be taken further; Pacione (2003) claims that quality of life is defined by elements of the environment in which a person lives (air pollution, sanitation, housing) and individual elements (health and education, for instance); and Seidl and Zannon (2004) point out that different scopes regarding the definition of quality of life began to be considered from the 1980s onward. These authors discuss the definition presented by Bowling (1995), who...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luana Dandara Barreto Torres
    • 1
  • Gabriela Farias Asmus
    • 2
  • Sônia Regina da Cal Seixas
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Federal University of ABC (UFABC)Santo AndréBrazil
  2. 2.Center for Engineering, Modeling and Applied Social Sciences (CECS)Federal University of ABC (UFABC)Santo AndréBrazil
  3. 3.Centre for Environmental Studies and ResearchNEPAM, State University of Campinas, UNICAMPCampinasBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Luciana Brandli
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Passo FundoPasso FundoBrazil