Sustainable Welfare for a New Generation of Social Policy

Project: Research

Project Details



Our society is faced with the double challenge of transitioning towards more sustainable energy, economic and social systems and of reducing growing inequalities.

The goal of this project is to develop a new generation of social policy that is both socially and ecologically sustainable, by placing particular weight on the combination of expert knowledge and citizen-perspective.

We start from sustainable welfare and needs theories that stress the universal character of human needs, yet culturally and socially diverse needs satisfiers depending on contexts.

By combining citizens’ forums, a survey study and expert forums, we reflect on current ways of satisfying needs and develop a new set of needs satisfiers that enable decent standards of wellbeing within planetary boundaries and with smaller energy consumption.

The project will lead to suggestions for policy changes in four areas with potential of increased energy efficiency: income/wealth distribution, nutrition, mobility and housing.
Effective start/end date2020/01/022023/04/30


  • Swedish Energy Agency

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Work