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A Socio-Spatial Approach to Enable Inclusive Well- Being in Cities: A Case Study of Birmingham, UK

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Article number109
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>23/06/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Social Sciences
Volume9
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)1-14
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Abstract:
This article examines density and deprivation, the two important parameters that define health and well-being in cities. Discussions are drawn from a case study conducted in Birmingham in four neighborhoods characterized by their different population density and deprivation levels.
Data were collected through questionnaires developed from a set of subjective well-being measures and built environment audits, based on the Irvine Minnesota Inventory that evaluates the quality of streets and walkability in neighborhoods. The inferences from the study support the need for linking health, planning, policy and design research and decision-making to the socio-spatial
practices of people, impacting well-being at the everyday level. The findings provide a holistic approach health and well-being research and suggests a conceptual framework for inclusive wellbeing in cities, which signifies the role of social and spatial parameters in determining peoples’ health and well-being. The study also highlights the lack of interdisciplinary research in understanding the association between well-being and social and behavioral practices in diverse
communities.