Beverley Searle

+44 (0)1382 386350
Head of Geography

Bio

Research

I am a human geographer with a social policy background. My main research interest is in subjective wellbeing.  In particular, positive wellbeing rather than a focus on negative aspects of mental ill-health.  Wellbeing is usually considered as an outcome (how events/circumstances impact wellbeing), however, I am keen to understand wellbeing as a precursor (how wellbeing impacts ability to function in society or care for the environment).  I am interested in understanding the connections between individual subjective wellbeing and: 1) inequalities and opportunities over the life course; 2) the wellbeing of communities; and 3) environmental wellbeing.  In particular:

  • Subjective wellbeing as a precursor to attitudes/behaviour

  • Subjective wellbeing benefits of nature/environmental connection

  • Subjective wellbeing and transformation (the transformed mind)

My approach to research is interdisciplinary, cutting across geography, psychology, social policy, sociology, demography and economics.  I have equal interest in both quantitative and qualitative methods.  I am leading the ‘Pollinating Wellbeing’ network (est. in 2017); a group comprising (mostly Scottish) academics and practitioners.  Our network aims to bring together different voices from academia, policy and practice to facilitate and direct the development of effective, impactful research to address the threats to both natural and human wellbeing.

Publications

Dundee and Me : Acknowledgement of contribution to project
9/2018
Research Output: Non Textual > Digital or Visual Products

Ten essentials for action-oriented and second order energy transitions, transformations and climate change research
11/2017, Energy Research and Social Science
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Review article

Community Resilience for a 1.5oC World
12/2017, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Generational Interdependencies : The Social Implications for Welfare
1/2018
Research Output: Book Anthology > Book

Becoming a landlord : strategies of property-based welfare in the private rental sector in Great Britain
8/2016, Housing Studies
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Geographies of assets and debt
3/2017
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter

Community Resilience to Climate Change : Outcomes of the Scottish Borders Climate Resilient Communities Project
3/2017
Research Output: Book Anthology > Commissioned report

Housing Wealth and welfare over the life course
2/2017
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter

Community Resilience to Climate Change : Summary for policy and practice
/2017
Research Output: Book Anthology > Commissioned report

Debt amnesia : homeowners' discourses on the financial costs and gains of homebuying
3/2016, Environment and Planning A
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

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Press

Home Not Housing - Engaging with wellbeing outcomes

Deborah Peel, Beverley Searle & Thilo Kroll

13/01/14

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research



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Activities

Demystifying Health

Beverley Searle (Member)
Oct 2018 → …

Activity: Other activity typesOther

Activity Type: Other Activity

Simple Shelters

Beverley Searle (Consultant)
Mar 2018Mar 2019

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Activity Type: Consultancy

Asset-based welfare: Intergenerational Justice and Family Welfare

Beverley Searle (Invited speaker)
14 Oct 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

Paradoxes of housing-based welfare in Ireland and the UK

Beverley Searle (Invited speaker)
8 Sep 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

Housing based welfare or debt based welfare?

Beverley Searle (Invited speaker)
13 Apr 201514 Apr 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

Minding the Housing Wealth Gap: Housing wealth and intergenerational welfare

Beverley Searle (Keynote speaker)
9 Apr 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

European Network of Housing Research

Beverley Searle (Member of programme committee)
1 Jul 20144 Jul 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

Housing Studies Association Annual Conference

Beverley Searle (Organiser)
15 Apr 201417 Apr 2104

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

Intergenerational Gaps in Housing Markets

Beverley Searle (Invited speaker)
10 Jul 201312 Jul 2013

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

Abertay Housing Association (External organisation)

Beverley Searle (Member)
20132015

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

Activity Type: Membership

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