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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

Bachelor of Arts, University of York

External positions

Steering Group Member

Sep 2018 → …


  • G Geography (General)
  • subjective wellbeing

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housing Social Sciences
welfare Social Sciences
equity Earth & Environmental Sciences
assets Social Sciences
indebtedness Social Sciences
homeownership Earth & Environmental Sciences
homeowner Social Sciences
debt Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Projects 2013 2020

Research Output 2002 2018

12 Citations (Scopus)
15 Downloads (Pure)

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
social change
carbon emission

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

housing market
41 Citations (Scopus)
145 Downloads (Pure)

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
Climate change
climate change
20 Citations (Scopus)
161 Downloads (Pure)

Becoming a landlord: strategies of property-based welfare in the private rental sector in Great Britain

Soaita, A. M., Searle, B. A., McKee, K. & Moore, T., 4 Jul 2017, In : Housing Studies. 32, 5, p. 613-637 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
rental sector
private sector

Activities 2011 2018

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

Paradoxes of housing-based welfare in Ireland and the UK

Beverley Searle (Invited speaker)
8 Sep 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