(Sustainable) quality of life in English city locations

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-299
Journal / PublicationCities
Volume28
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

Abstract

Ever since the United Kingdom published its second sustainable development strategy in 1999, the legitimacy-governing construct of quality of life has been refashioned in the English policy context to accommodate a novel intergenerational dimension. This paper examines the magnitude of this sustainability transformation by examining the operationalisation and reported outcomes of formally established sustainable quality of life data in conjunction with commensurate quality of life information compiled twenty years previously, amongst 63 matched city locations. Conceptually, we find that although the sustainable quality of life data is comparatively more sophisticated in its environmental connotation it has not managed to reconcile this effort with the social and economic domains of sustainability, tending instead to neutralise the distributive, class-based tenor of its predecessor. Empirically, meanwhile, we find that whereas Northern-based city locations perform comparatively worse on the sustainable quality of life rankings Southern ones do much better. We also find that while the lowest scoring localities tend to be afflicted by similar types of quality of life deficiencies the top ones shine on a diverse range of issues. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • Cities, England, Local authorities, Quality of life, Sustainable development

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(Sustainable) quality of life in English city locations. / Higgins, Paul; Campanera, Josep M.

In: Cities, Vol. 28, No. 4, 08.2011, p. 290-299.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review