Personal and neighbourhood indicators of quality of urban life: a case study of Hong Kong

Low, Chien-Tat, Stimson, Robert, Chen, Si, Cerin, Ester, Wong, Paulina Pui-Yun and Lai, Poh-Chin (2017) Personal and neighbourhood indicators of quality of urban life: a case study of Hong Kong. Social Indicators Research, 1-23. doi:10.1007/s11205-017-1579-3


Author Low, Chien-Tat
Stimson, Robert
Chen, Si
Cerin, Ester
Wong, Paulina Pui-Yun
Lai, Poh-Chin
Title Personal and neighbourhood indicators of quality of urban life: a case study of Hong Kong
Journal name Social Indicators Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1573-0921
0303-8300
Publication date 2017-03-14
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11205-017-1579-3
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 1
End page 23
Total pages 23
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract This paper provides an overview of findings from a recent survey of quality of urban life (QOUL) in Hong Kong which focuses on: (a) individuals’ subjective assessment of their overall quality of life (QOL) and of a set of QOL life domains, and (b) their level of satisfaction for three levels of QOUL living domains: their housing, their neighbourhood, and Hong Kong as a whole. Differences between demographic and socio-economic groups are discussed. The paper also reports on preliminary results of multivariate modelling to identify factors that might explain variations in individual levels of satisfaction with their overall QOL and with the three levels of QOUL living domains. The Hong Kong survey of QOUL is compared to those of Brisbane and of the greater Detroit region to highlight differences between urban regions in the east and west. The results show that Hong Kong is still lagging far behind the two western regions in most aspects of the QOL life domains and the three QOUL living domains. The comparisons have implied that the differences between these urban regions are beyond east-west influence in the perception of quality of life and more attributable to disparities in urban environments.
Keyword Modelling QOL/QOUL in Hong Kong
Quality of life domains
Quality of urban life domains
Subjective quality of life
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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