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Multiple dimensions of wellbeing in practice

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sarah Coulthard



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© 2018 selection and editorial matter, Kate Schreckenberg, Georgina Mace and Mahesh Poudyal; individual chapters, the contributors.Over the last decade, there has been a growing consensus as to the relevance of the concept of wellbeing to global policy and practice in sustainable development. In particular, the use of multi-dimensional wellbeing as a central concept in the MA has opened up ecosystem services and poverty research to more holistic multidimensional approaches. This chapter reviews ESPA research that engages with a multi-dimensional concept of wellbeing in the context of ecosystem services, and relates findings to the broader wellbeing literature. We establish three key findings, which are particularly important in efforts to harness ecosystem services to produce sustainable wellbeing outcomes. First, recognising the need for social differentiation in understanding ecosystem-wellbeing relationships; second, identifying and tackling trade-offs between different ecosystem services and dimensions of wellbeing; and third, highlighting inequality and injustice around how ecosystem services are distributed. We conclude by discussing the implications of these findings for poverty reduction and the global sustainable development agenda.

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Author(s): Coulthard S, McGregor JA, White C

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation: Trade-Offs and Governance

Year: 2018

Pages: 243-256

Print publication date: 10/05/2018

Online publication date: 15/05/2018

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Series Title: Routledge Studies in Ecosystem Services

Publisher: Taylor and Francis

Place Published: London


DOI: 10.4324/9780429507090

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9780429016295