Evaluating social sustainability in historic urban environments

Landorf, Chris (2011) Evaluating social sustainability in historic urban environments. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 17 5: 465-479. doi:10.1080/13527258.2011.563788

Author Landorf, Chris
Title Evaluating social sustainability in historic urban environments
Journal name International Journal of Heritage Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1352-7258
Publication date 2011-09-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13527258.2011.563788
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 17
Issue 5
Start page 465
End page 479
Total pages 15
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 1206 Conservation
3305 Geography, Planning and Development
3316 Cultural Studies
1202 History
1409 Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
1209 Museology
Abstract Government policies aimed at the alleviation of poverty and social exclusion have been moving toward a multi-faceted approach that includes community capacity building and collaborative partnerships. This implies greater community consultation and the involvement of public and private institutions and the voluntary sector in the democratic management of local affairs. While these are established theoretical concepts, implementing localised social policy and measuring the outcomes are notoriously difficult, particularly in historic urban areas where democratic decision making has the potential to conflict with the management of heritage value. Drawing on recent policy and academic literature, this paper explores the concept of social sustainability and the characteristics of its evaluation. The paper illustrates how social sustainability indicators favour multi-dimensional themes that support national political agendas. The tension between this and the rise of participatory governance is highlighted. The paper concludes with a suggested approach to the evaluation of social sustainability in historic urban environments.
Keyword Social sustainability
Historic urban environments
Sustainable development evaluation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Thu, 30 Jun 2011, 23:38:19 EST by Dr Chris Landorf on behalf of School of Architecture