Teaching and learning quality of life in urban studies: A mixed-methods approach with walking interviews

J. Martinez*

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This chapter presents an approach for teaching and learning quality of life (QoL) in urban studies. It starts with a theoretical discussion on how the field of urban studies relates to the concepts of QoL. It is contextualized within two higher education courses in an MSc specialization on Urban Planning and Management (UPM). This UPM specialization emphasizes the relevance that QoL studies have to practice and policy by linking the need for a better understanding of QoL conditions with equity and social justice. This chapter relies on the critical documentation of these two courses carried out with a group of international students in the last 10 years. The chapter discusses the teaching of social indicators in order to assess conditions and differential access to resources and opportunities in urban areas as well as qualitative methods. It proposes a reflective an open spiral learning process where students are encouraged to define and operationalise spatial indicators to measure intra-urban quality of life variations and to critically use context sensitive methods such as walking interviews. The teaching described is grounded in the fields of planning, geography, critical cartography and mixed-methods. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the main challenges of this approach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching quality of life in different domains
EditorsGraciela Tonon
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-21551-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-21550-7
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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