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Assessing human well‐being constructs with environmental and equity aspects: A review of the landscape

Abstract : Decades of theory and scholarship on the concept of human well-being have informed a proliferation of approaches to assess well-being and support public policy aimed at sustainability and improving quality of life. Human well-being is multidimensional, and well-being emerges when the dimensions and interrelationships interact as a system. In this paper, we illuminate two crucial components of well-being that are often excluded from policy because of their relative difficulty to measure and manage: equity and interrelationships between humans and the environment. We use a mixed-methods approach to review and summarize progress to date in developing well-being constructs (including frameworks and methods) that address these two components. Well-being frameworks that do not consider the environment, or interrelationships between people and their environment, are not truly measuring well-being in all its dimensions. Use of equity lenses to assess well-being frameworks aligns with increasing efforts to more holistically characterize well-being and to guide sustainability management in ethical and equitable ways. Based on the findings of our review, we identify several pathways forward for the development and implementation of well-being frameworks that can inform efforts to leverage well-being for public policy.
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Erin Betley, Amanda Sigouin, Pua’ala Pascua, Samantha Cheng, Kenneth Macdonald, et al.. Assessing human well‐being constructs with environmental and equity aspects: A review of the landscape. People and Nature, Wiley Open Access In press, ⟨10.1002/pan3.10293⟩. ⟨hal-03511302⟩

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