Efficient and Nice – Urban Sustainability and Quality of Life: The Socioeconomic Perspective

  • Massimo Battaglia
  • Nora Annesi
Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)


The concept of quality of life has changed in both significance and signifiers in recent years. Global, national, or regional problems have time and time again influenced the quality of life and well-being (Veleardi 2007). A greater knowledge of environmental issues and/or a greater sensitivity regarding certain social issues has led to the consideration of additional elements that can contribute to increasing the quality of life. Following the realization that economic growth is unsustainable (Meadows et al. 1972; IUSN, UNWP, WWF 1980), the concept of quality of life has become strongly linked to that of sustainable growth. In the long term, current needs cannot ignore the effect that satisfaction of them can have on future generations (WCED 1987: Brundtland Report).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of ManagementSant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of PisaPisaItaly

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