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Reconciling well-being and resilience for sustainable development

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sarah Coulthard



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Nature Research, 2022.

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© 2021, Crown.Securing well-being and building resilience in response to shocks are often viewed as key goals of sustainable development. Here, we present an overview of the latest published evidence, as well as the consensus of a diverse group of scientists and practitioners drawn from a structured analytical review and deliberative workshop process. We argue that resilience and well-being are related in complex ways, but in their applications in practice they are often assumed to be synergistic. Although theoretically compatible, evidence we present here shows that they may in fact work against each other. This has important implications for policy.

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Author(s): Chaigneau T, Coulthard S, Daw TM, Szaboova L, Camfield L, Chapin FS, Gasper D, Gurney GG, Hicks CC, Ibrahim M, James T, Jones L, Matthews N, McQuistan C, Reyers B, Brown K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nature Sustainability

Year: 2022

Volume: 5

Pages: 287-293

Print publication date: 01/04/2022

Online publication date: 28/10/2021

Acceptance date: 22/09/2021

Date deposited: 22/11/2021

ISSN (electronic): 2398-9629

Publisher: Nature Research


DOI: 10.1038/s41893-021-00790-8


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