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Well Being and Sustainable Living Event


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Exploring Geographies of Happiness and Well-Being in Britain

Dimitris Ballas, Social And Spatial Inequalities (SASI) group (http://www.sasi.group.shef.ac.uk/)
Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, Winter Street, Sheffield S10 2TN

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Project: The Impact Of Regeneration On The Well-Being Of Local Residents: The Case Of East Manchester

Judith Sixsmith and Ryan Woolrych, Research Institute for Health and Social Change
Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Project: Understanding Health and Well-being within an Area of Regeneration: An Action-Research approach

Judith Sixsmith and Ryan Woolrych, Research Institute for Health and Social Change
Manchester Metropolitan University

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Well-being and sustainable living

Jane Henry, Open University

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Global is the New Local.

John Pickering, Warwick University.

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Older People, Regeneration and Health and Well Being

Eileen Fairhurst, Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Do good lives have to cost the Earth?
Some thoughts on well-being and sustainability

Dr Sam Thompson, Centre for Well-being, nef (the new economics foundation)

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100 Voices Initiative

Sharon Kemp, Assistant Director (Neighbourhoods)
Regeneration, Housing and Neighbourhoods Department
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

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Pillars of support for wellbeing in the community: the role of the public sector

Carolyn Kagan, Social Change and Wellbeing, RIHSC, Manchester Metropolitan University


In this discussion I am concerned with the experiences of those living in areas of multiple deprivation in England, and what explorations of wellbeing might imply for the role of public services.
I will draw attention to some of the paradoxes in linking wellbeing and participation for those living in areas of multiple deprivation. I will use the stress and burnout metaphor to describe some of the experiences of people who live in, and are active in areas of multiple deprivation in England. I will discuss some of the ways in which ‘participation’ enhances wellbeing but also some of the ways it undermines and threatens wellbeing. In particular I will examine the role that public sector workers, often at the point of engagement with ‘participating’ local people, play in enhancing or undermining wellbeing. I will argue that in the English context, with public and welfare agencies controlling and restricting people’s lives, it is the public sector that is placed to support wellbeing. It is also placed to jeopardise it. Instead of constantly calling for capacity building and the development of personal responsibility for wellbeing by those living in areas of deprivation, we would do well to attend to the capacity building for responsibility for wellbeing of public sector workers.

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Well-Being and Sustainable Living Event

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Individual, Community and Social Perspectives

Edited by John Haworth and Graham Hart
Palgrave Macmillan June 2007

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