The Effect of Enhancing Components of Environmental Quality of Life on Sustainable Development in Iran (With an Emphasis on Empowerment Mechanism)

Document Type : research paper


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Spatial Planning, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.

2 PhD, Department of Geography and Spatial Planning, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.

3 PhD Student, Department of Geography, Faculty of Geography, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran.


Purpose: The present article presents the components of environmental quality of life (with an emphasis on the empowerment mechanism) and their effect on sustainable development.
Methods: This study was conducted using the descriptive-analytical method in the form of a set of 7 independent variables on the enhancement of environmental quality of life. These variables include Educating and Informing, Cognition and Awareness, Transparency, Creating Equal Opportunities, Assurance, Trust and Empathy, Sense of Belonging and Social Responsibility and Participation. Moreover, a band of 4 dependent variables of the sustainable development were examined which include the Environmental, Social, Economic, Physical, and Infrastructural variables.
Results: The results, which have been analyzed by utilizing single-sample T– statistical test, the linkage measure of Kendall’s tau-b correlation, and multivariate regression, using SPSS software, show the low quality of the enhancing components of the environmental quality of life in the study area.
Conclusion: Most of the surveyed indicators of the quality of life do not explain the future status of sustainable development of rural settlements in the study area and do not improve its dimensions under the current conditions. Therefore, changing and correcting the existing situation by choosing the appropriate social and economic policies of the state and applying appropriate methods for the empowerment of the rural community has been emphasized.


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