ESPON evidence for policy: Quality of life at sub-national level and reflections on the impact of the (COVID-19) crisis

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Tue 13, October 2020
09:30 - 11:00 CET
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In recent years, discussions have taken place on how assessing and measuring quality of life and how qualitative indicators (such as surveys) can complement existing economic and social indicators to measure and monitor territorial development.

Quality of life varies significantly between regions and regional differences within countries can be more significant than the differences between countries.  The perception of quality of life can also vary in different types of regions in Europe. For instance, economic and physical safety can have different weights in different local communities and regions when measuring quality of life.

The challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have affected quality of life and the way we live and work together in Europe and require consideration on how to respond jointly in terms of solidarity and cooperation. Apart from economic recovery needs, there are people's expectations to be taken into account and lessons to be learned.

This session will present a methodology developed by ESPON to support policymakers at national, regional and local level in measuring quality of life, including reflections related to responses to (the COVID-19) crisis, such as resilience. In addition, it will provide an opportunity for policy makers to discuss the use of the methodologies at the various geographical levels to facilitate multilevel governance and to share good practices through the case studies carried out.


Andreu Ulied, Director, MCRIT, Spain.
Michael Green, Chief executive officer, Social Progress Imperative, United States.
Herta Schönhofer, consultant, METIS, Austria.
Carlo Sessa, Researcher, ISINNOVA, Italy.
Sabine Stoelb, Organisation coopération territoriale, Ministère de l’Énergie et de l’Aménagement du territoire, Luxembourg.
Cohesion and Cooperation
Espon Egtc, Ministry of Energy and Spatial Planning, Ministry of Transport and Local Government, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Social Progress Imperative
English (EN)

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