Urban environmental quality and human wellbeing—a social geographical perspective

Pacione, M., 2003, Urban environmental quality and human wellbeing—a social geographical perspective, in: Landscape and Urban Planning, 65,

  • Author : Pacione, M.
  • Year : 2003
  • Journal/Series : Landscape and Urban Planning
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 65
  • Pages : 19-30
  • Abstract in English : This article explains the social geographical approach to research into quality of life and urban quality. It concerns the quality of life in relationship between people and their everyday urban environments. The presented view contends that quality is not an attribute inherent in the environment, but is a behaviour-related function of the interaction of environmental characteristics and person characteristics. It is axiomatic that in order to obtain a proper understanding of urban environmental quality it is necessary to employ both objective and subjective evaluations. In other words, we must consider both the city on the ground and in the mind. Successful academic research alone, however, is no longer sufficient. To ensure appropriate use of findings by public and private agencies and decision-makers, researches must seek to develop direct channels of communication to lick scientific findings to policy objectives.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: quality of life, environmental quality, well being, livability. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research.