Towards a sustainable wellbeing economy: integrated policies and transformative indicators

    Project: EU project

    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.
    Effective start/end date1/03/2328/02/26

    Collaborative partners

    • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    • European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) (Project partner)
    • Ghent University (Project partner)
    • ICHEC Brussels Management School (Project partner)
    • Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Project partner)
    • University of Leeds (Project partner)
    • Tampere University (Project partner) (lead)
    • University of Barcelona (Project partner)
    • Autonomous University of Barcelona (Project partner)
    • Escuela Politécnica Nacional (Project partner)
    • European Policy Centre (Project partner)
    • Institut za političku ekologiju (Project partner)
    • Stockholm University (Project partner)
    • Chalmers University of Technology (Project partner)

    UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 15 - Life on Land

    Funding category

    • Horizon Europe


    • human rights
    • Radical sustainability from Global South

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