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Reconciling well-being and resilience for sustainable development

Tomas Chaigneau (), Sarah Coulthard, Tim M. Daw, Lucy Szaboova, Laura Camfield, F. Stuart Chapin, Des Gasper, Georgina G. Gurney, Christina C. Hicks, Maggie Ibrahim, Thomas James, Lindsey Jones, Nathanial Matthews, Colin McQuistan, Belinda Reyers and Katrina Brown
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Tomas Chaigneau: University of Exeter
Sarah Coulthard: Newcastle University
Tim M. Daw: Stockholm University
Lucy Szaboova: University of Exeter
Laura Camfield: University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park
F. Stuart Chapin: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Des Gasper: The Hague (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Georgina G. Gurney: James Cook University
Christina C. Hicks: Lancaster University
Maggie Ibrahim: Colchester Borough Council
Thomas James: Met Office
Lindsey Jones: London School of Economics and Political Science
Nathanial Matthews: Global Resilience Partnership
Colin McQuistan: Practical Action
Belinda Reyers: Stockholm University
Katrina Brown: University of Exeter

Nature Sustainability, 2022, vol. 5, issue 4, 287-293

Abstract: Abstract Securing well-being and building resilience in response to shocks are often viewed as key goals of sustainable development. Here, we present an overview of the latest published evidence, as well as the consensus of a diverse group of scientists and practitioners drawn from a structured analytical review and deliberative workshop process. We argue that resilience and well-being are related in complex ways, but in their applications in practice they are often assumed to be synergistic. Although theoretically compatible, evidence we present here shows that they may in fact work against each other. This has important implications for policy.

Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1038/s41893-021-00790-8

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