What does the debate around social wellbeing have to offer sustainable fisheries?

Coulthard, Sarah (2012) What does the debate around social wellbeing have to offer sustainable fisheries? Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4 (3). pp. 358-363. ISSN 1877-3435

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2012.06.001


The concept of ‘wellbeing’ is increasingly visible in a range of public policy and debate. This paper gives an overview of how wellbeing has influenced policy in the domains of health and international development, and draws from these insights to suggest the relevance and contribution of wellbeing to sustainable fisheries. The paper describes the concept of eudaimonic wellbeing, which entails more than income, and happiness, but the living of, and flourishing in, a life that is valued and deemed worthwhile. A 3-dimensional framework for wellbeing which gives attention to material, social and subjective wellbeing dimensions is also discussed. It is argued that this multi-dimensional framing of wellbeing could contribute to sustainable fisheries in two ways: first, by providing a deeper form of social impact assessment, in particular in terms of capturing social and subjective impacts of fisheries decline. Second, it may give new insights into fisher behaviour, if behaviour can be understood in terms of the pursuit of wellbeing and a valued way of living.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D400 Agriculture
F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2012 14:43
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:31
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/10770

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