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Urban social sustainability at the neighbourhood scale: Measurement and the impact of physical and personal factors

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posted on 29.09.2020, 14:08 by Taimaz LarimianTaimaz Larimian, Claire Freeman, Falli PalaiologouFalli Palaiologou, Negin Sadeghi
Despite its theoretical and practical significance, urban social sustainability research lacks robust definition, conceptualisation and measurement. In addition, the factors influencing people’s perceived feelings about their neighbourhood are underexplored. The aim of this study is two-fold: First, to develop and empirically test the urban social sustainability (USS) measurement model at the neighbourhood scale that captures the multifaceted nature of this complex phenomenon. Second, to use the proposed USS model to examine the role of different physical (urban form) and personal (socio-economic) factors in promoting or weakening various aspects of neighbourhood social sustainability. We conducted factor analysis for testing the dimensionality, validity, and reliability of the USS model. Multiple regression analysis was also used to test the practical implications of the model. Our findings from 251 respondents in five case study neighbourhoods of Dunedin city, New Zealand, provide evidence that the effects of physical and personal factors can differ according to distinct USS dimensions. We found that out of the four physical factors, quality of urban design is the most influential factor, having a significant positive influence on three USS dimensions and the overall urban social sustainability. Among the personal factors, length of residence in a neighbourhood has the most influence on different USS dimensions.

History

School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability

Volume

25

Issue

10

Pages

747 - 764

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Taylor and Francis

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability on 13 Oct 2020, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2020.1829575

Acceptance date

23/09/2020

Publication date

2020-10-13

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1354-9839

eISSN

1469-6711

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Falli Palaiologou . Deposit date: 27 September 2020