Msc thesis subject: Modelling Urban Livability

Livability and Sustainability of cities are seen as an important principle for policy, planning and management of modern cities. The idea that individuals have the right to a ‘livable’ city is gaining the interest of policy makers. However livability is currently an ambiguous and multi-dimensional concept comprising of multiple aspects related to the economic, social, physical and esthetical wellbeing of the citizens.

Livability of is a different concept than sustainability. Livability includes perceptions and expectations of people about their neighbourhood, safety, accessibility etc.

Aside a strong relation with place and space, and physical structure of a city, livability also might have a temporal component. Important in this project is to analyse which factors are considered to be important and whether they are generic for cities and citizens worldwide.  The student will develop a model for livability in a city. This can be based on existing models such as found in the work of (Wang et al. 2011) who develop the LLII index for livability or (Kashef 2016). However, these models are rather general and only consider livability at the level of a city.  The question here is how to model livability at a spatially more detailed level? This includes first a thorough analyses of livability, and existing approaches to model it and second the development, evaluation and demonstration of a model for case studies in (and/or outside) the  Netherlands (at least including Amsterdam). This model not only should provide information at the level the city but also at the level of neighbourhoods or even streets.


  • Develop and apply a method and model to explore, analyse and understand livability. Such method/model should provide insight into the various aspects, which altogether emerge to the perception of livable.


  • Kashef, M. (2016) 'Urban livability across disciplinary and professional boundaries', Frontiers of Architectural Research, 5(2), 239-253.


  • Fluency in written English.
  • Proficiency with GIS.

Theme(s): Modelling & visualization, Human – space interaction