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Sustainable wellbeing: humans, environment, and liveability (SWHEL) is a Strategic Priority of the UCD Earth Institute for 2021-2023.

Recent webinar: Unpacking green and just transition policies: instruments and toolboxes webinar by Ekaterina Domorenok on 18 April 2023 was a joint webinar with UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice.


Despite the importance and increased concern for sustainability, there is no agreed definition of sustainable well-being. UCD has research expertise in many dimensions of sustainable well-being but at present this is fragmented and dispersed across a range of schools and disciplines. This Strategic Priority (SP) initiative will establish an interdisciplinary network on sustainable wellbeing within UCD to facilitate collaboration and build capacity and community on the topic. The network will forge links with relevant academics and other stakeholders at local, national and international levels. Core tasks will be to develop interdisciplinary conceptual and operational maps of sustainable wellbeing, identify gaps in research and form teams for future projects. The initiative will also act as a platform to communicate with stakeholders, including government and mass media, so that interdisciplinary research and expertise on this topic will impact on relevant decisionmakers and the general public.

SWHEL is led by Nessa Winston (Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice) and Karen Keaveney (School of Agriculture and Food Science) with co-applicants Jennifer Symonds (Education), Finbarr Brereton (Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy), Orla Kelly (Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice), Conor Buggy (Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science), Leonard Lades (Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy).