Quality of life and spatial inequality in London

Higgins, Paul, Campanera, Josep and Nobajas, Alexandre (2014) Quality of life and spatial inequality in London. European Urban and Regional Studies, 21 (1). pp. 42-59. ISSN 1461-7145

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0969776412439201


In contrast to London’s image as a global city and its position as the most affluent region in Europe, the formally established empirical evidence assembled in this paper suggests that spatial inequality in the capital is a key economic and social problem that is unlikely to be resolved by the prevailing localism doctrine of the ‘big society’. Isolated from an initial and non-discriminate England-wide clustering analysis of 73 Audit Commission-defined quality of life indicators, the results of our study reveal that pivotal to London’s prevailing quality of life distribution is the influence of deprivation, health and educational inequalities, all of which are masked at a pure ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ London comparison, capable only of distinguishing the city’s borough-level transport and community safety diversity. The policy implications of our study are duly considered and several methodological insights are advanced for future research.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Sustainable quality of life, global city, London, clustering analysis, spatial diversity
Faculty: ARCHIVED Lord Ashcroft International Business School (until September 2018)
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2020 15:03
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2022 14:50
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/705907

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