Publication Details

Namazi-Rad, M., Perez, P., Berryman, M. & Lamy, F. (2012). An experimental determination of perceived liveability in Sydney. ACSPRI Conferences, RC33 Eighth International Conference on Social Science Methodology (pp. 1-13).


The term liveability is used to evaluate the quality of life in a region based on the surrounding physical environment and different location-based social elements. Having a reliable measurement of general well-being of individuals and societies can help the government and non-government organizations planning for better infrastructure. However, a variety of factors can impact the social perception of local environmental conditions, many of which are difficult to measure. This makes different liveability concepts quite challenging to be evaluated. In collaboration with the IRIS Research, we have conducted a Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) survey on perceived liveability. This measures the existing individual perceptions of social and environmental elements in the Randwick and Green Square area of Sydney. These perceptions can be grouped according to six factors describing various aspects of liveability. A linear additive model is defined in order to calculate the required area-based liveability indices using available CATI survey data.