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RCHSS - Geography & Anthropology

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Dr. Paul McDaniel

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The Global Livability Index is published annually by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), ranking various cities around the world for their urban quality of life based on assessments of stability, healthcare, culture, environment, education, and infrastructure. For years Melbourne, Australia has topped the charts as the most livable city. Pre-COVID-19 pandemic, in 2018, Vienna, Austria beat out Melbourne for a few years in a row. Post-Pandemic, Auckland, New Zealand as well as Osaka, Japan have moved up the list and become one of the most livable cities in the world. The pandemic has drastically changed the desirability order of cities and countries. The project explores the transition from Melbourne to Vienna as the most livable place in the annual Global Livability Index ranking. Research questions focus on examining the characteristics of each country that had a city ranked as number one. As well as the relationship to population geography of their country. Connecting any similarities to the three cities, Auckland, Vienna, and Melbourne pre and post Covid-19 is essential. Observing factors such as fertility, mortality, migration, Covid deaths, and overall livability rates to the world population will be important for analysis of commonality and any population trends that may have changed post pandemic.

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Geography

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Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

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Exploring the Population Geography of the Top Ranked Cities in the Global Livability Index

The Global Livability Index is published annually by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), ranking various cities around the world for their urban quality of life based on assessments of stability, healthcare, culture, environment, education, and infrastructure. For years Melbourne, Australia has topped the charts as the most livable city. Pre-COVID-19 pandemic, in 2018, Vienna, Austria beat out Melbourne for a few years in a row. Post-Pandemic, Auckland, New Zealand as well as Osaka, Japan have moved up the list and become one of the most livable cities in the world. The pandemic has drastically changed the desirability order of cities and countries. The project explores the transition from Melbourne to Vienna as the most livable place in the annual Global Livability Index ranking. Research questions focus on examining the characteristics of each country that had a city ranked as number one. As well as the relationship to population geography of their country. Connecting any similarities to the three cities, Auckland, Vienna, and Melbourne pre and post Covid-19 is essential. Observing factors such as fertility, mortality, migration, Covid deaths, and overall livability rates to the world population will be important for analysis of commonality and any population trends that may have changed post pandemic.

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