Analysis of urban sustainability process and quality of life evaluation

Jūratė Venckauskaitė

Doctoral dissertation

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The dissertation investigates the problems of the process of evaluating sustainable urban development. The focus is laid on the investigation of separate urban territories, their development and the evaluation of consequences. Detailed analysis and interpretation of the quality of life in urban territories enables to determine the most sustainable urban territory.

The key aim of the dissertation is to construct the evaluation model of urban quality of life, based on sustainable development principals and with the help of multi-dimensional statistical analysis methods evaluates factors determining quality of life.

The dissertation consists of introduction, three chapters, summary of results, lists of used scientific literature and the author‘s publications on the topic of the dissertation and 4 addenda.

The introductory chapter discusses the investigated problem, the topicality of the work, the investigation object; formulates the aim and tasks of the work, the investigation methodology, the novelty of scientific work, practical importance of work findings, defended statements. At the end of the introduction the author‘s publications and presentations in conferences addressing the topic of the dissertation as well as the structure of dissertation are presented.

Chapter I presents the survey of references. It explains the definitions of the concepts of sustainability and sustainable development as well as the meaning and consequences of sustainability in the context of urban planning. The notion of quality of life is investigated. At the end of the chapter conclusions are formulated and dissertation tasks are specified.

Chapter II identifies factors determining the quality of life in urban territories. The conceptual model, which enables to evaluate factors determining quality of life and may be applied when analyzing and solving urban territorial development problems in the future, is proposed.

Chapter III points out the features of separate city districts‘ development identified through the use of empirical investigation and distinguishes relatively homogeneous groups of city districts.

At the end of the dissertation, conclusions and a list of references are presented.

Four articles addressing the topic of dissertation have been published: 3 of them in a set of articles, in Thomson ISI Web of Scencedata base, 1 – reviewed proceedings of an international conference. Four presentations on the topic of the dissertation have been given in Lithuanian and foreign conferences.

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