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My main research interest is in subjective wellbeing. In particular, positive wellbeing rather than a focus on negative aspects of mental ill-health. Wellbeing may be considered as an outcome (how events/circumstances impact wellbeing) or as a precursor (how wellbeing impacts ability to function in society or care for the environment). Wellbeing can also be considered as an alternative narrative in the drive towards sustainable futures. This interest is motivated by questioning and challenging dominant ideas and social norms about what contributes to human and planetary wellbeing. This has been explored through a critical analysis of asset-based welfare and the implications for intergenerational justice; sustainability and community resilience; and the transformational changes needed to address global environmental challenges. My approach to research is interdisciplinary, cutting across geography and environment, education, psychology, social policy, sociology and economics. I have equal interest in both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Key Research Areas
- Understanding the role of wellbeing in individual decisions, motivations and behaviours.
- Developing a greater understanding of the links between wellbeing, behaviour, and nature.
- Exploring wellbeing as a system and narrative of transformational change.
I can support PhD research in both quantitative and qualitative methods. I would welcome applications to do postgraduate research on the following topics:
- Subjective wellbeing as a precursor to attitudes/behaviour
- Subjective wellbeing benefits of nature/environmental connection
- Subjective wellbeing and transformation (ie fundamentally changing what we think, what we do, and how we do it in order to move towards more sustainable, regenerative, futures).
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Doctor of Philosophy, Understanding Subjective Well-being: A study of British adults age 25 years and over, University of York
Award Date: 1 Jan 2005
Bachelor of Arts, University of York
Award Date: 1 Jan 2001
1 Jun 2020 → …
External Examiner, University of Nottingham
3 Feb 2020 → …
1 Feb 2020 → …
Steering Group Member
Sept 2018 → …
May 2018 → …
Executive Committee Member
1 Jul 2017 → …
Jul 2017 → …
External Examiner, Glasgow Caledonian University
Apr 2017 → Oct 2020
Peer Reviewer, Economic and Social Research Council, UK
1 Sept 2009 → …
- G Geography (General)
- subjective wellbeing
- environmental attitudes
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Ward, K., Birch, R., MacDonald, T., Beresford-Dey, M., Lakin, L., Purcell, M. & Searle, B., 8 Feb 2023, Edinburgh: Scottish Government. 50 p. (Social Research Series)
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned reportOpen AccessFile118 Downloads (Pure)
Searle, B. (ed.), Pykett, J. (ed.) & Alfaro Simmonds, M. (ed.), Jun 2021, Edward Elgar Publishing. 344 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Searle, B., Pykett, J. & Alfaro Simmonds, M., Jun 2021, A Modern Guide to Wellbeing Research . Edward Elgar Publishing
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Searle, B. & Carmen, E., 2021, University of Dundee: Hunter-Design. 87 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned reportOpen AccessFile63 Downloads (Pure)
Social dynamics of community resilience building in the face of climate change: the case of three Scottish communitiesFazey, I., Carmen, E., Ross, H., Rao-Williams, J., Hodgson, A., Searle, B., Al Waer, H., Knox, K., Butler, J. R. A., Murray, K., Smith, F., Stringer, L. & Thankappan, S., Sept 2021, In: Sustainability Science. 16, p. 1731-1747 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Beverley Searle (Member)Sept 2020 → Feb 2021
Activity: Other activity types › Other
Beverley Searle & Esther Carmen
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