Liveability Research

As high-density living in inner-urban areas is becoming a consistently utilised strategy for managing the impacts of population growth, it is important to understand and maximise the liveability of high-density urban areas.

While there is no standardised definition of Liveability [8], liveability can be broadly defined as “the well-being of a community and represents the characteristics that make a place where people want to live now and in the future” [9].  Research has linked the concept of liveability to a range of factors such as quality of life, health, sense of safety, access to services, cost of living, comfortable living standards, mobility and transport, air quality and social participation [10] [11] [8].


  1. Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission. Measures of liveability and sustainability: staff discussion paper.   [cited 1 May 2009]; Available from:

  2. Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission. State of Liveability: An inquiry into enhancing Victoria's liveability.  2008  [cited 1 May 2009]; Available from:

  3. Bishop, B.J. and G.J. Syme, The social costs and benefits of urban consolidation: a time budget/contingent valuation approach. Journal of Economic Psychology, 1995. 16: p. 223-245.

  4. Howley, P., M. Scott, and D. Redmond, Sustainability versus liveability: an investigation of neighbourhood satisfaction. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 2009. 52(6): p. 847-864.