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Towards an economy for sustainable well-being: Integrated policies and transformative indicators (ToBe) 

Towards an economy for sustainable well-being: Integrated policies and transformative indicators (ToBe) is an EU-funded project focusing on creating a new economic model based on sustainable well-being.

Research on wellbeing economy is flourishing as Europe aims to become the first carbon neutral continent in the world. While the need for a new economic system is widely acknowledged and Europe has set an ambitious sustainability agenda, the pathway to achieve these goals is still missing.

Working on developing a better understanding of how to identify shared and attainable policy goals for a sustainable wellbeing economy within planetary boundaries and how to support the policy process towards a sustainability paradigm, ToBe aims to fill these gaps. To pursue this goal, the ToBe project works on expanding theoretical and empirical understanding on a sustainable wellbeing economy.

What we do

The main objective of ToBe is to contribute to a clearer understanding of how to move to a sustainability paradigm. Along the 5 work packages, ToBe works on: 1) creating a theoretical framework for a sustainable wellbeing economy; 2) identifying different processes of economic growth; 3) evaluating and comparing alternative growth initiatives; 4) developing an ecological macroeconomic model combining conventional macroeconomic variables with indicators of wellbeing and sustainability; 5) co-creating policy solutions together with stakeholders.

ToBe consortium

The ToBe consortium is led by Tampere University and involves the following partners:

  • Stockholm University
  • Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy (VTT)
  • Association Europeenne des Agences de Developpement (EURADA)
  • Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po)
  • Haute École ICHEC (ICHEC)
  • Institut Za Politicku Ekologiju (IPE)
  • Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
  • Universiteit Gent (UGent)
  • European Policy Centre (EPC)
  • Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB)
  • Escuela Politecnica Nacional (EPN Ecuador)
  • Chalmers Tekniska Högskolan Ab (CHAL)
  • University of Leeds (UnivLeeds)

Funding source: EU Horizon Europe (Grant Agreement No 101094211).


Logo of ToBe project.