Every year, the European Environment Agency seeks to raise awareness around a number of environmental issues through the publication of its annual Signals report. Signals 2014 focuses on the links between our well-being, the economy and the environment. The report explores how our well-being depends on the extraction of resources for the production of essential items such as food, buildings, furniture, electronic devices, and clothes. Yet, our exploitation of resources outpaces the environment’s ability to regenerate them and provide for us.
Speeches from a conference held by the Alliance for Useful Evidence on evidence and wellbeing are now available online. The conference explored the creation of a What Works Centre for Well-being, including how such a Centre could be most useful for decision-makers and frontline practitioners. The morning featured experts in the field and the afternoon consisted of breakout groups to examine how the Centre could work in practice, drawing on the expertise of the delegates.
The Commission on Wellbeing and Policy, established by the Legatum Institute, published a report of findings in March on the measurement of wellbeing and how wellbeing analysis can usefully be applied to policy.
The latest In-depth Report from Science for Environment Policy presents an overview of research into social innovation, with special consideration for its environmental implications. In the report, case studies illustrating how social innovation has taken place in real-world settings are presented, from urban beekeeping in Copenhagen to pedal-powered distribution in Paris and community farming in London.