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Tackling Low Standards in Local Environmental Quality

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Simin Davoudi, Dr Elizabeth BrooksORCiD


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Low standards of local amenity such as litter, graffiti, flyposting, flytipping, abandoned vehicles and dog fouling affect people’s quality of life and their sense of wellbeing. The aim of this working paper is to review the evidence in relation to the following issues:  The link between local environmental quality (LEQ) standards, deprivation and well-being  The attitudes and behaviours of those who demonstrate ‘nuisance’ behaviour  The costs, benefits and overall effectiveness of different approaches to tackling these, or similar, problems and bringing about behaviour change. This working paper addresses these questions through a review of the research literature on three categories of LEQ including: litter (and flytipping), graffiti, and flyposting, which have featured as issues of highest public concern in a recent opinion survey undertaken for DEFRA.

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Author(s): Davoudi S, Brooks E

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title:

Type: Report

Year: 2013

Pages: 1-47

Print publication date: 01/01/2013

Source Publication Date: 01-01-2013

Institution: Global Urban Research Unit, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


Notes: This Working Paper is based on a review of the evidence which the authors were commissioned to undertake for the UK Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in October 2012. The views expressed in the paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent DEFRA’s views or policies.