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Emerging functions of the wellbeing concept in regional development scholarship: a review

Fudge, M ORCID: 0000-0003-1327-0053, Ogier, E ORCID: 0000-0001-6157-5279 and Alexander, KA ORCID: 0000-0001-8801-413X 2020 , 'Emerging functions of the wellbeing concept in regional development scholarship: a review' , Environmental Science and Policy, vol. 115 , pp. 143-150 , doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2020.10.005.

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Wellbeing has become important in regional development policy as decision-makers grapple with delivering public goods from industry exploitation of resource commons. We asked how these differently constituted concepts–‘regional development’ and ‘wellbeing’ – are handled in the literature. We identified four findings: i) an increasing focus on holistic sustainable development in regional development; ii) different approaches for pre-development planning and post-development impact assessment; iii) four key wellbeing components most common in regional development; iv) emergence of mixed methods approaches to investigating wellbeing and regional development. We conclude that synthesising wellbeing and regional development within a carefully designed interdisciplinary approach is required.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Fudge, M and Ogier, E and Alexander, KA
Keywords: common pool resources, wellbeing, regional development, policy
Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Science and Policy
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ltd
ISSN: 1462-9011
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.envsci.2020.10.005
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