Towards a sustainable wellbeing economy: integrated policies and transformative indicators

Project Details


ToBe aims to build an understanding of a sustainable wellbeing economy by developing integrated policies and transformative
indicators. We contribute to theoretical and empirical knowledge in the field of sustainability transformation and advance
understanding of sustainable wellbeing and inclusive economy beyond GDP. Together with researchers, policymakers and citizens in
Europe, Africa and South America, we study how mindsets, indicators, innovations and policies could better work together towards
the sustainability paradigm.
We bring together green growth and postgrowth initiatives to create a novel understanding of economic growth. We also consider
environmental and social justice when conceptualising sustainable wellbeing and identifying transformative indicators of a
sustainable wellbeing economy. We provide new empirical knowledge on economic development, social outcomes and sustainability
to address entangled societal challenges and to envision integrated policy solutions. All this contributes to an ecological
macroeconomic model assessing integrated policy packages and to a synthesis typology of an accelerating sustainability paradigm.
ToBe’s societal impact is linked directly to Europe’s policy goal of becoming a carbon-neutral continent by 2050. We will improve
policy making capacity and coherence by exploring social and economic resilience and sustainability, as well as integrating different
policies towards this end. The results will help create a sustainable and inclusive economy, as well as a shared vision for EU-Africa
relations that build on sustainable growth. Our co-creation platform will strengthen epistemic communities to drive carbon-neutrality
and tackle inequality and vulnerability in the context of entangled crises by a better understanding of trade-offs and synergies
between economic growth and a sustainable wellbeing economy, including logics of change across different dimensions of
sustainable development.
StatusNot started
Effective start/end date1/03/2328/02/26

Collaborative partners

  • (lead)
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
  • Univeristy of Stockholm
  • Teknologian tutkimuskeskus vtt oy
  • European Association of Development Agencies
  • Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques
  • ICHEC Brussels Management School
  • Institute for Political Ecology (IPE)
  • Universitat de Barcelona
  • Universiteit Gent
  • European Policy Centre (EPC)
  • National Polytechnic School (EPN Ecuador)
  • Chalmers University of Technology


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