Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Resources and reflections from Wellbeing and Subjectivity in International Development Conference

Mon Jan 27 11:33:00 GMT 2014


wpp logo Resources presented at the Wellbeing and Subjectivity in International Development conference have been posted on the  Wellbeing Pathways Project webpage. Viviana Ramirez, SPS  PhD candidate, has posted her reflections on the projects blog.

The “Wellbeing and Subjectivity in International Development” conference marked the beginning of the end of the Wellbeing Pathways Project, a 3 ½ year research project on poverty and welllbeing led by Dr. Sarah White from the University of Bath. As with the project itself, the content of the conference was very rich. Thanks to the variety of participants, including academics, policy practitioners and NGOs, the presentations not only focused on the academic study of wellbeing but also on how this can be translated into practical use in policy and development projects.  Read more>>>

The ESRC/DFID funded project investigated the value of focusing on wellbeing in a development context, carrying out fieldwork in rural Zambia and India. Using quantitative and qualitative methods the team developed a new concept of Inner Wellbeing to explore associations and tensions between subjective experience and objective circumstances. The research project is due to end in March 2014, and the work is being adapted for use by NGOs in development practice. More information about the project and published papers can be found at