Of a time and place: Glasgow and its quality of life geographies

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This paper reviews the work of the Glasgow Quality of Life Group, a limited life project (1986–1990) within the Applied Population Research Unit of the then Department of Geography and Topographic Science at the University of Glasgow. It explores the contribution of Ronan Paddison, and the wider innovations and impact of the group’s work. It argues that these innovations were methodological, strategic, and challenged the prevailing wisdom of the day that understood GB to riven by a simple north-south divide, in which the ‘north’ was perceived to be the poorer partner in every way. Although of a time and place, the work of the GQLG remains pertinent to contemporary challenges and concerns.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-251
Number of pages19
JournalSpace and Polity
Issue number2
Early online date9 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • quality of life (QoL)
  • poverty
  • deprivation
  • Glasgow
  • north-south divide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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