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The WeDNetwork Noticeboard provides details of events and recent publications on wellbeing, and news on work in progress, searches for collaborators etc. Please send submissions to Nina Marshall: n.a.marshall@bath.ac.uk

Recent Publications


Well-being 2011: International Conference Exploring the Multi-dimensions of Well-being, 18th - 19th July 2011, Birmingham, U.K.

Birmingham City University, in collaboration with The Royal Institute of British Architects, is hosting this event. For further details visit the conference website: www.biad.bcu.ac.uk/research/wellbeing2011

Wellbeing Assessment CPD Module, University of Bath, January 2011
‘Wellbeing Assessment in Public Policy and Development Practice’, a one-week intensive course at the University of Bath, is recruiting attendees for its January 2011 course. For further details and to enrol please visit the course website or email the course convenor, Sarah White: s.c.white@bath.ac.uk

DSA Conference Panel on Wellbeing, November 2010
'Old values, new practice? The politics of happiness and wellbeing in daily lives and development policy and practice'
Panel convened by WeDNetwork at the Development Studies Association Conference 2010: "Values, Ethics and Morality", 5 November 2010, Church House, Westminster.
Further details of presenters and paper titles available here and via the conference website.
A contribution to the conference blog by Sarah White is also available, discussing the prospects and pitfalls of wellbeing as a focus in development.

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Recent Publications

Understanding the Diversity of Conceptions of Well-Being and Quality of Life. Des Gasper. Journal of Socio-Economics, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp. 351-360.

‘Analysing wellbeing. A framework for development policy and practice.’ Sarah C. White. Development in Practice, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp. 158-172.

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Wellbeing and Poverty Pathways has published its first briefing paper, which introduces the model of wellbeing assessment being developed and applied in its three-year research project in Zambia and India.

Key aspects:
• An integrated approach, which considers what people think and feel (subjective), what they have and do (objective) and the broader environment in which they live
• A multi-dimensional model, comprising eight interconnected domains, spanning material, relational and personal factors
• A contextual approach, which explores the different ways that people understand and seek to achieve wellbeing in varying cultural, political
and socio-economic situations
• A mixed method approach, involving qualitative discussion, reflection and case studies, as well as quantitative measures

For further information about the project visit www.wellbeingpathways.org or email wellbeing-pathways@bath.ac.uk

See 'An integrated model for Assessing Wellbeing' pdf file [1MB]

Research on wellbeing and poverty secures ESRC/DFID funding

How does poverty affect wellbeing?
How does people’s general wellbeing affect their pathways into, within and out of poverty?

Wellbeing and Poversty Pathways Brochure These questions are at the heart of a three-year project undertaking research in rural communities in Zambia and India. With two rounds of data collection across two years, this will provide systematic new evidence on the factors that promote wellbeing at personal and community level, how these relate to poverty, and what drives change over time. In partnership with local NGOs, the project is also working to produce a statistically-tested approach to assessing wellbeing in monitoring and evaluation of poverty-focused development programmes. Based at the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bath, UK, the project runs from 2010-13 and has been funded through the ESRC/DFID Joint Scheme for Research on International Development (Poverty Alleviation).

For more information see the project brochure or visit www.wellbeingpathways.org

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