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dc.contributor.authorNowok, Beata
dc.contributor.authorFindlay, Allan MacKay
dc.contributor.authorMcCollum, David
dc.identifier.citationNowok , B , Findlay , A M & McCollum , D 2018 , ' Linking desires and behaviour of residential relocation with life domain satisfaction ' , Urban Studies , vol. 55 , no. 4 , pp. 870-890 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 244739865
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 7c9147a7-fc97-47bc-a910-160ceeeff66e
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85042168977
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-8716-6852/work/60196111
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000425065500011
dc.descriptionThe authors gratefully acknowledge financial support for this research from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Centre for Population Change (grant number RES-625-28-0001).en
dc.description.abstractLife satisfaction and motives for moving home are complex entanglements, reflecting multiple desires and experiences. The aim of this paper is to show that a focused analysis of satisfaction with particular life domains can prove that changing a place of residence is not only a life stressor, but also a positive means leading to enduring improvements in individual satisfaction. Using the British Household Panel Survey we examine overall life satisfaction and satisfaction in various life domains such as housing, job, social life, household income, spouse/partner and health, both prior to and after moving. A temporal pattern of movers’ satisfaction for a number of years before and after the move is derived employing a fixed-effects panel data model. Our results reveal that residential relocation increases housing satisfaction considerably. The positive effect of moving on housing satisfaction is much stronger and endures longer for those with a sustained desire to relocate ahead of movement. Despite some decrease over time, five years after moving survey respondents still had significantly higher housing satisfaction than before their move. Changes in satisfaction with other life domains are much less pronounced and no lasting improvements in satisfaction are observed for them.
dc.relation.ispartofUrban Studiesen
dc.rightsCopyright Urban Studies Journal Limited 2016. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License ( which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (
dc.subjectLife domain satisfactionen
dc.subjectMobility desiresen
dc.subjectPanel modelsen
dc.subjectResidential migrationen
dc.subjectSubjective wellbeingen
dc.subjectHN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reformen
dc.titleLinking desires and behaviour of residential relocation with life domain satisfactionen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Geography & Sustainable Developmenten
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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