Wellbeing Economies

Core Academic Lead: Dr Laura Kudrna L.Kudrna@bham.ac.uk

Economic growth has long been the benchmark of social progress. It is increasingly accepted, however, that economic growth alone fails to capture what it means for individuals and communities to be doing well. The Wellbeing Economies theme researches what drives alternative measures of social progress. We study what affects subjective assessments of people’s feelings and experiences, objective capabilities and functioning, and wellbeing inequalities. Recognising that wellbeing is best understood in context, we focus on local and global place-based geographies, institutions like schools and workplaces, and choice architecture. Ultimately we aim to impact on policies that shape individual and community wellbeing.

A virtual seminar series highlighting new interdisciplinary research that uses alternative measures of social progress with implications for social policies. 

The 2021 Wellbeing Economies seminar series will continue after 2021 as a cross-theme series on Wellbeing Policy. Please see our events page for future seminars.

2021 seminars

Wed, 8 Dec, 2021 – 1pm – Philip Kinghorn – Informing resource allocation decisions in social care: attempts to broaden consideration beyond cost to include aspects of wellbeing

Wed, 1 Dec, 2021 – 1pm – Daniel Wheatley – Wellbeing, remote working and employee-led flexibility: informing the post-Covid-19 era

Wed, 24 Nov, 2021 – 1pm – Miguel Ribeiro Da Silva Taborda Ramos  – The impact of social diversity on wellbeing and health

Wed, 17 Nov, 2021 – 1pm – Professor Jessica Woodhams, Dr Fazeelat Duran – Impact of traumatic material on the back-office staff’s mental health and wellbeing in criminal justice setting

Wed, 10 Nov, 2021 – 1pm – Dr Oyinlola Ayebode – Better understanding of mental wellbeing in educational communities in Tanzania

Wed, 3 Nov, 2021 – 1pm – Dr Marica Cassarino – Putting wellbeing in place? Considerations about place-based happiness and equity from a psychosocial perspective

Wed, 27 Oct, 2021 –  1pm – Dr Luke Munford – Mental health and wellbeing ‘poverty’ in England: concepts and the unequal spread

Wed, 13 Oct, 2021 – 4pm – Carol Graham – When twin public health crises meet: differential trends in resilience, wellbeing, and deaths of despair during the Covid pandemic