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how to analyse life quality


Quality of life (QoL) is an abstract concept, increasingly important in socio-economic research, but there is no clear definition: QoL is influenced by many components like health status, culture, religion, residence, income, age, job satisfaction. Transport and mobility preconditions play an important role there as well, as they are central elements of the integration in society, and often taken in consideration in all kinds of implementations in the areas of town planning and infrastructure.

The assessment of quality of life differs not only from disciplines to disciplines, but also within the disciplines. Some scientists put the satisfaction of individual needs in the centre of their quality of life reflection. Others concentrate on objective living conditions and the subjective well being. Some research dealing with quality of life indicated that subjective well being is strongly connected to the degree to which a person has different choices and opportunities and is also able to make use of them. However QoL is also closely linked to sustainability - the effective use of natural, human and technological resources to meet today’s community need without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

The subjective well-being is in the centre of the psychological quality-of-life approach. A strong sense of meaningful life, positive attitudes towards life, optimism, autonomy and experienced control of social environment support a high level of subjective well-being on the individual level. In addition a good social network (having many acquaintances, being appreciated, etc.) increases the level of subjective well-being. Experts in this field constantly underestimate the importance to consider especially subjective aspects of QoL, that vary for different groups in connection with transport and mobility preconditions.

The project takes a starting point in a heuristic approach that focuses on different disciplines' practice in connection with the assessment and consideration of QoL and underlying mobility and transport preconditions. The focus has to be to establish a conceptual, methodological and information basis for professionals as well as for politicians and the general public dealing with the issues of traffic, mobility, planning the city and land use.

The following general objectives were defined by the consortium for the project HOTEL:
  1. Improvement of the understanding of the assessment of different citizens' life quality by politicians, other decision makers, planners, technicians and other experts.

  2. Development of a “toolbox” for the assessment of life quality in connection with city planning, transport and mobility:

  3. Harmonisation of data and installation of a databank where results of life quality assessment at different occasions are stored