Challenging and Interlinking Quality of Life with Social Sustainability in European Cross-Border Suburban Regions: An Empirical Survey in Bratislava-Lower Austria and Burgenland, and Salzburg-Bavaria.

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    Abstract

    The relatively dynamic population growth in suburban municipalities in some European border regions caused by cross-border suburbanization poses challenges for maintaining and promoting the quality of life of residents and the social sustainability of municipalities. The aim of this paper is to provide insights into these issues based on our own empirical research conducted in the border regions of Lower Austria, Burgenland, and Bavaria, which are affected by the cross-border suburbanization of Bratislava and Salzburg. Empirical results illustrate a “cherry-picking strategy” of a high proportion of residents, i.e., choosing selectively the best options of both worlds to improve or maintain their quality of life. These strategies refer to housing decisions, satisfaction with the social neighborhood and the environment, functional patterns of daily activities, and local engagement. Although most respondents rated community relations positively, the coexistence of different social groups would benefit from their deeper integration into the community life. Residential satisfaction in terms of quality of life can foster a sense of belonging and thus contribute to the social sustainability of cross-border suburban regions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages22
    JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
    Volume14
    Issue number11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2022

    Keywords

    • quality of life
    • social sustainability
    • cross-border suburbanization
    • border regions
    • Austria
    • Germany
    • Salzburg
    • Bratislava

    Fields of Science and Technology Classification 2012

    • 504 Sociology
    • 507 Human Geography, Regional Geography, Regional Planning

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