Wellbeing and Poverty Pathways

Project: Research council

Project Details


This research aims to identify pathways of wellbeing and poverty within rural communities in Zambia and India. It will demonstrate how poverty affects wellbeing and how different constellations of wellbeing in turn affect people's movements into, within and out of poverty. Drawing on the sociology of development and psychology, it adopts a mixed method, cross-cultural longitudinal approach, with qualitative and quantitative data collection across a two year interval, involving 700 respondents. Statistical tests will assess the validity and reliability of our model of wellbeing. In-depth case studies will gain a deeper sense of people's own understandings and experience. In particular, the research will test a key hypothesis, that social and personal relationships constitute critical drivers of wellbeing in developing countries. The project is rooted in research-policy engagement. It is being undertaken with NGOs committed to incorporating wellbeing into their programmes, and will involve a broader programme of communications activities at national and global level.
Effective start/end date1/08/1030/04/14


  • Economic and Social Research Council

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  • Research Output

    Moralities of Wellbeing

    White, S., Jul 2018, Bath: Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath, p. 1-17, 17 p. (Bath Papers in International Development and Wellbeing; no. 58).

    Research output: Working paper

    Open Access
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    Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach to Wellbeing: Life Histories and Self-Determination Theory in Rural Zambia

    White, S. & Jha, S., 30 Sep 2018, In : Social Science and Medicine. 212, p. 153-160 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    Economics, Relationality and The Good Life in Chiawa, Zambia

    White, S. C., 15 Aug 2017, Good Life Beyond Growth: New Perspectives. Rosa, H. & Henning, C. (eds.). London, U. K.: Routledge, p. 229-239 11 p. (Routledge Studies in Ecological Economics).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
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