J. Allister McGregor - Research Fellow
Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction
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Bangladesh; India; Thailand.
Professor J.Allister McGregor uses his background in economics and anthropology to study the ways that systems of governance and the formulation and implementation of development policies impact upon poor people. His most recent work has been on conceptualising and then operationalising a social conception of wellbeing both as a way of critically analysing the persistence of poverty and as a means of re-evaluating development policy and practice.
He is currently using the wellbeing to framework in the ongoing study of fishing communities in South and Southeast Asia, where there are conflicts between conservation and poverty policy objectives. He has a programme of research collaboration with colleagues in Thailand and has a particular interest in the nature of development processes in that country.
Previous projects include: WeD; Norwegian Aid Evaluation; REME; Inland Fisheries
Resilience, Adaptability, and Transformability of Fishing Communities in the Face of the World Fisheries Crisis
An Economics of Wellbeing: What Would Economics Look Like if it were Focused on Human Wellbeing?
This paper makes a number of fundamental proposals to reconsider economics by putting human wellbeing at the centre. More details
Evaluating Outside the Box: An Alternative Framework for Analysing Social Protection Programmes
The evidence base on social protection programmes is expanding rapidly, largely pointing towards their positive impacts. More details
Time to Reimagine Development
The major global crises of the past four years have collectively had a dramatic impact on people's lives and livelihoods – but have they also had a large impact on core ideas underlying mainstream development? More details
The Capability Approach and the Politics of a Social Conception of Wellbeing
The capability approach constitutes a significant contribution to social theory but its potential is diminished by its insufficient treatment of the social construction of meaning. Social meanings enable people to make value judgements about what they will do and be, and also to evaluate how satisfied they are about what they are able to achieve. From this viewpoint, a person’s state of wellbeing must be understood as being socially and psychologically co-constituted in specific social and cultural contexts. More details
Beyond Business as Usual: What Might 3-D Wellbeing Contribute to MDG Momentum?
The Millennium Declaration provided considerable impetus to refocus the efforts of development agents around the world on the major ethical challenge of eradicating global poverty. The MDGs that followed have become an important mechanism for pursuing the agenda of the Millennium Declaration. We are now, however, at a point where reflection on the MDG framework is called for. In this article we explore what the contribution of a concept of (3-dimensional) wellbeing might bring to a revived MDG momentum. More details
Social Protection: Responding to a Global Crisis
The current global financial crisis will have adverse effects on poor people in developing countries in the short-run and across longer time-scales. More details
Social Protection Responses to the Financial Crisis: What do we know?
Over the last decade there has been significant growth in the number of social protection programmes around the world. In times of financial crisis it is not a question of whether we can afford to support social protection initiatives; rather whether we can afford not to. More details
Validation of the WeDQoL-Goals Thailand Measure: culture-specific individualised quality of life
The aim of this study was to validate an individualised measure of quality of life (WeDQoL-Goals-Thailand). Three hundred and sixty-nine Thai people completed the WeDQoL by interview. More details
Editor’s Introduction: Quality of Life and International Development Policy and Practice
This journal special issue arises out of a research programme which sought to build on the foundations of Sen’s contribution and complement this by drawing on a broader range of insights into development and social change from across the social sciences. More details
Needs, Wants and Goals: Wellbeing, Quality of Life and Public Policy
This paper considers the possible contribution of Quality of Life methods in international development policy and practice. It discusses the role of theories of human needs in how public policy makers and implementors might distinguish between ‘needs’ and ‘wants’. More details
After 2015: '3D Human Wellbeing'
'3D Human Wellbeing' is emerging as a complement to the more traditional and material ways of conceptualising and measuring poverty and deprivation such as those implicit in the MDGs. More details
Wellbeing, Development and Social Change in Thailand
Thailand has experienced economic and social transformation over a relatively short period of time and its experiences may offer salutary lessons for many other developing countries. However, the characteristics of Thailand's transformation to modernity encourage us to consider new frameworks for analysing and understanding development and social change. More details
Wellbeing in Developing Countries: From Theory to Research
In a world where many experience unprecedented levels of wellbeing, chronic poverty remains a major concern for many developing countries and the international community. Conventional frameworks for understanding development and poverty have focused on money, commodities and economic growth. This book challenges these conventional approaches and contributes to a new paradigm for development centred on human wellbeing. More details
Needs and Resources in the Investigation of Wellbeing in Developing Countries: Illustrative Evidence from Bangladesh and Peru
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