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Internal News - 20 March 2007

New social science magazine launches with contribution from Bath researcher

The first issue of Britain Today, a new publication from the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), has gone on sale and includes an article by a researcher from the University of Bath.

Dr Allister McGregor, a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics & International Development, has written an article on wellbeing in developing countries, and how research in this area can inform policies aiming to tackle poverty.

He argues that wellbeing is a key concept for international development, as it considers the wider social and cultural resources that people in developing countries draw on in their attempts to improve their lives. Understanding how people strive for and achieve wellbeing in these countries provides an important perspective for the formulation international development policy.

Dr McGregor is Director of the ESRC Wellbeing in Developing Countries research group, which has carried out studies of how successfully wellbeing is achieved in developing countries and what implications this has for international development policies.

Britain Today, which is published by the ESRC, aims to give an overview of the range of ESRC-funded research in economics and the social sciences, and what this research is revealing about the UK and its place in the world. Its topics include globalisation, economy and citizenship, and the environment.

The first issue is on sale now in WHSmith, priced £3.95.