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I am a human geographer with a social policy background. My main research interest is in subjective wellbeing.  In particular, positive wellbeing rather than a focus on negative aspects of mental ill-health.  Wellbeing is usually considered as an outcome (how events/circumstances impact wellbeing), however, I am keen to understand wellbeing as a precursor (how wellbeing impacts ability to function in society or care for the environment).  I am interested in understanding the connections between individual subjective wellbeing and: 1) inequalities and opportunities over the life course; 2) the wellbeing of communities; and 3) environmental wellbeing.  In particular:

  • Subjective wellbeing as a precursor to attitudes/behaviour

  • Subjective wellbeing benefits of nature/environmental connection

  • Subjective wellbeing and transformation (the transformed mind)

My approach to research is interdisciplinary, cutting across geography, psychology, social policy, sociology, demography and economics.  I have equal interest in both quantitative and qualitative methods.  I am leading the ‘Pollinating Wellbeing’ network (est. in 2017); a group comprising (mostly Scottish) academics and practitioners.  Our network aims to bring together different voices from academia, policy and practice to facilitate and direct the development of effective, impactful research to address the threats to both natural and human wellbeing.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of York

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

Bachelor of Arts, University of York

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

External positions

Steering Group Member

Sep 2018 → …


  • G Geography (General)
  • subjective wellbeing

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Research Output

Millennials, Gen X, Gen Z, baby boomers: how generation labels cloud issues of inequality

Searle, B., 16 Jan 2019, The Conversation 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
  • Community resilience for a 1.5 °C world

    Fazey, I., Carmen, E., Chapin III, F. S., Ross, H., Rao-Williams, J., Lyon, C., Connon, I., Searle, B. & Knox, K., Apr 2018, In : Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 31, p. 30-40 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 13 Citations (Scopus)
    49 Downloads (Pure)

    Dundee and Me: Acknowledgement of contribution to project

    Moore, F., Searle, B. & Wade, R., Sep 2018

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

    Open Access
  • Generational Interdependencies: The Social Implications for Welfare

    Searle, B. (ed.), Jan 2018, 1st ed. Vernon Press. 218 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Ten essentials for action-oriented and second order energy transitions, transformations and climate change research

    Fazey, I., Schäpke, N., Caniglia, G., Patterson, J., Hultman, J., van Mierlo, B., Säwe, F., Wiek, A., Wittmayer, J., Aldunce, P., Al Waer, H., Battacharya, N., Bradbury, H., Carmen, E., Colvin, J., Cvitanovic, C., D'Souza, M., Gopel, M., Goldstein, B., Hämäläinen, T. & 28 others, Harper, G., Henfry, T., Hodgson, A., Howden, M. S., Kerr, A., Klaes, M., Lyon, C., Midgley, G., Moser, S., Mukherjee, N., Müller, K., O'Brien, K., O'Connell, D. A., Olsson, P., Page, G., Reed, M. S., Searle, B., Silvestri, G., Spaiser, V., Strasser, T., Tschakert, P., Uribe-Calvo, N., Waddell, S., Rao-Williams, J., Wise, R., Wolstenholme, R., Woods, M. & Wyborn, C., 1 Jun 2018, In : Energy Research and Social Science. 40, p. 54-70 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 51 Citations (Scopus)
    184 Downloads (Pure)


    Simple Shelters

    Beverley Searle (Consultant)

    Mar 2018Mar 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

    Demystifying Health

    Beverley Searle (Member)

    Oct 2018 → …

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Asset-based welfare: Intergenerational Justice and Family Welfare

    Beverley Searle (Invited speaker)

    14 Oct 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Housing based welfare or debt based welfare?

    Beverley Searle (Invited speaker)

    13 Apr 201514 Apr 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Minding the Housing Wealth Gap: Housing wealth and intergenerational welfare

    Beverley Searle (Keynote speaker)

    9 Apr 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Press / Media


    Achieving fairness? Challenging poverty and social exclusion through partnership working

    Author: Lopez, M., 2020

    Supervisor: Searle, B. (Supervisor) & Morelli, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy