Following a suggestion of Reginald Golledge (2002) and the concept of Marans and Stimson (2011), quality of life (QOL) in the city is seen as overlap of environmental and health psychology, accessible by a mixed methods approach, and individual records to be geocoded and analyzed with the help of GIS from geoinformatics (Keul et al., 2007). A large urban data set exists at Salzburg City, Austria (N=802, 2007-2012) and was item-based on the Detroit Area Study. At the end of 2013, a Romanian translation of the Austrian questionnaire is being used for fieldwork in the Timișoara districts of Soarelui and Circumvalațiunii. A quota sample of under N=100 will be obtained and statistically analyzed in comparison to the Austrian study.

Timișoara, capital city of Timiș Country, in western Romania, and of the Banat region, is Romania’s third largest city with about 320,000 inhabitants. The Banat region was conquered by Hungary in 1030, Timișoara first mentioned around 1250. After Hungarian military rule, the Ottoman army annexed Timișoara in 1552 and ruled for 160 years. 1716 came Prince Eugene of Savoy and the Austrian rule. In the 20th century, Timișoara saw industrialization, modern infrastructure (first European city with electric street lamps 1884) and grew considerably. Romanians, Germans, Serbs and Hungarians were the main ethnic groups. After World War, it fell to Serbia, then to Romania. Under Soviet rule after World War II, the city population tripled in the next 45 years. 1989, the Romanian Revolution started in Timișoara. Since then, an economic boom occurred, especially in the high-tech sector. 2011, 87% of the population were ethnic Romanians, 5% Hungarians, only 1.4% Germans.

Soarelui is a neighborhood located in the south of Timisoara and belongs to Elisabetin, the 3rd district of Timișoara. It was built around 1985, among the last working class neighborhoods built by the communist regime. Most people were employed in factories on the industrial platform Buziaşului. There are numerous kindergartens, and a school in Soarelui. The dominant buildings in this area are blocks with 4 to 10 floors.

Circumvalațiunii – between the center and the west entrance to the city - belongs to the 5th district of Mehala. Through Circumvalatiunii passes one of the most important transport arteries in Timisoara and bypasses the old center - old city and its fortresses. Soarelui is a newer area; we expect to see younger families living here, also here are more restorative areas, comparing to Circumvalatiunii.

At Salzburg University, a research focus of environmental psychology with geoinformatics has been established and one of the first steps will be replication studies to find out whether general predictors and subjective-objective interactions found in the Salzburg City study (see Keul et al. at IAPS 2014) are culture-bound, local phenomena, or show transcultural stability. Also, the validity of the 41 US QOL items for Romania has to be tested via triangulation with a qualitative list of Romanian QOL attributes.

In the future the Timișoara QOL data will be geocoded and analyzed against local GIS data of the two city districts.