Public greenspace and life satisfaction in urban Australia

Ambrey, Christopher and Fleming, Christopher (2014) Public greenspace and life satisfaction in urban Australia. Urban Studies, 51 6: 1290-1321. doi:10.1177/0042098013494417

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Author Ambrey, Christopher
Fleming, Christopher
Title Public greenspace and life satisfaction in urban Australia
Journal name Urban Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1360-063X
Publication date 2014-05-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0042098013494417
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 51
Issue 6
Start page 1290
End page 1321
Total pages 32
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract This paper examines the influence of public greenspace on the life satisfaction of residents of Australia's capital cities. A positive relationship is found between the percentage of public greenspace in a resident's local area and their self-reported life satisfaction, on average corresponding to an implicit willingness-to-pay of $1172 in annual household income for a 1 per cent (143 square metres) increase in public greenspace. Additional results suggest that the value of greenspace increases with population density and that lone parents and the less educated benefit to a greater extent from the provision of public greenspace than the general population. In all, these results support existing evidence that public greenspace is welfare enhancing for urban residents and adequate allowance should be made for its provision when planning urban areas.
Keyword Environmental Studies
Urban Studies
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Urban Studies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
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