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Interrelationships between sustainability and wellbeing: Three cases from the Global South

Moghayedi, Alireza, Mehmood, Abid, Vassilev, Vasilena, Aburamadan, Rania, Blay, Karen, Nguyen, Dori and Shrestha 2021. Interrelationships between sustainability and wellbeing: Three cases from the Global South. Presented at: 7th International SEEDS Conference Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS 2021), Virtual/Leeds, England, 1-3 Septemer 2021.

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This paper seeks to advance the understanding and analysis of the role and impact of housing and neighbourhood characteristics on the wellbeing of communities in the informal settlements in the global south. It provides a holistic view on the relationship between household features, housing design and neighbourhood conditions to assess further their effects on wellbeing constructs in Nepal, South Africa, and Jordan. The COVID-19 pandemic has added to the prevailing challenges for population wellbeing in all cases. The study assessed the relationships between housing design, neighbourhood form, social inclusion, and mental and physical wellbeing through a detailed questionnaire. A comparative analysis allowed identifying the innovative changes and strategies in conjunction with local stakeholders to improve individual and public wellbeing. The study proves the significant relationships between the three dimensions of housing: house conditions and design, household characteristics and neighbourhood conditions, and individual and community wellbeing in informal settlements. The findings discuss multilevel (housing and neighbourhood) solutions and unique social groupings that support livelihood strategies and how these strategies impact the social, economic and environmental sustainability in informal settlements. The resultant importance of specific constructs and sub-constructs offers a toolkit for evaluating informal settlements and potential improvements. This work is also a demonstration of how an interdisciplinary methodology can help mediate societal challenges, particularly when it comes to the wellbeing of inhabitants in informal settlements.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2021 16:15

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