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Randle, M., Eckersley, R., Miller L. 2017. Societal and personal concerns, their associations with stress, and the implications for progress and the future. Futures. Paper.

My work is an evolving analysis of progress and wellbeing; I publish in many fields (often by invitation); and I write for both scientific and popular publications. For these reasons, papers and articles may be variations on a common theme or summaries of longer works, with overlapping content.

My book, Well & Good (available on the 'Books' page), draws together much of my work up to 2004.

The major papers are marked *. Most of the attached papers are author-created, 'post-print', versions of the final paper. The published papers are available from the journal websites (although usually for a fee or through subscription).

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Scientific

Progress, development and sustainablity

 

*Randle, M., Eckersley, R., Miller L. 2017. Societal and personal concerns, their associations with stress, and the implications for progress and the future. Futures. Paper.

*Eckersley, R. M. 2016. Is the West Really the Best? Modernisation and the Psychosocial Dynamics of Human Progress and Development. Oxford Development Studies. Paper.

*Randle, M., Eckersley, R. 2015. Public perceptions of future threats to humanity and different societal responses: A cross-national study. Futures. Full paper.

Eckersley, R. 2015. Measuring the public interest. In B Douglas, J Wodak (eds.) Who speaks for and protects the public interest in Australia? Canberra: Australia21, pp.18-19. Article.

Eckersley, R. 2014. Subjective well-being and the mismeasure of progress. In A Podger and D Trewin (eds). Measuring and Promoting Well-Being: How Important is Economic Growth? Essays in honour of Ian Castles AO and a selection of Castles’ papers. Canberra: ANU ePress and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Paper.

*Eckersley, R. 2014. Psychosocial dynamics model of progress. Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-being Research. Dordecht: Springer Netherlands. Paper.

Eckersley, R. 2013. Repairing and preparing Australia's landscapes for global change: Why we must do much more. Canberra: Australia21 Ltd. Report.

Eckersley, R. 2013. Backs to the future: The psychosocial dynamics of the global emergency. In B. Douglas (Ed), Placing global change on the Australian election agenda: Essays on vital issues that are being ignored. June, 2013. Canberra: Australia21, pp. 20-22. Article.

Eckersley, R. 2013. Subjective wellbeing: Telling only half the story. A commentary on Diener et al. (2012). Theory and validity of life satisfaction scales. Social Indicators Research. Published Online First, 3 April 2013. Full paper.

Eckersley, R. 2009. Is the West really the best? Measuring the progress of societies, issue 5, May 2, pp. 9-11, OECD, Paris. Article.

*Eckersley R. 2009. Population measures of subjective wellbeing: How useful are they? Social Indicators Research, vol. 94, no. 1, pp. 1-12. Full paper.

Eckersley R. 2008. Wretched or contented? The politics of past life. Journal of Futures Studies, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 87-92. Full paper.

Eckersley R. 2007. What’s wrong with the official future? In Hassan G (Ed). After Blair: Politics After the New Labour Decade. Lawrence and Wishart in conjunction with Compass, London, pp.172-84. Full paper.

*Eckersley R. 2006. Progress, sustainability and human wellbeing: Is a new worldview emerging? International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, vol. 1, no.4, pp. 306-317. Full paper.

Eckersley R. 2005. The quality of life. In Saunders P, Walter J (Eds). Ideas and Influence: Social Science and Public Policy in Australia. UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 198-218. Full paper.

*Cummins RA, Eckersley R, Pallant J, Van Vugt J, Misajon R. 2003, Developing a national index of subjective wellbeing: The Australian Unity Wellbeing Index. Social Indicators Research, vol. 64, pp. 159-190. Full paper.

Eckersley R. 2002. Bjorn Lomborg’s The Skeptical Environmentalist: a sociocultural perspective (commentary). Global Change and Human Health, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 55-57. Full paper.

*Eckersley R. 2001. Postmodern science: The decline or liberation of science? In Stocklmayer S, Gore M, Bryant C (Eds). Science Communication in Theory and Practice. Kluwer, Dordrecht, pp. 83-94. Full paper.

Eckersley R. 2001, Economic progress, social disquiet: the modern paradox. Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 60, no. 3, pp. 89-97. Full paper.

*Eckersley R. 2000. The mixed blessings of material progress: Diminishing returns in the pursuit of happiness. Journal of Happiness Studies, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 267-292. Full paper.

*Eckersley R. 2000. The state and fate of nations: Implications of subjective measures of personal and social quality of life. Social Indicators Research, vol. 52, pp. 3-27. Full paper.

*Eckersley, R. 1999. Quality of life in Australia: An analysis of public perceptions. Discussion paper no. 23, September. The Australia Institute, Canberra. Full paper.

Eckersley R. 1999. Reply to: Saunders P, In defence of progress: A response to Richard Eckersley. Family  Matters no. 52, Autumn, pp. 42-46. Full paper.

*Eckersley R. 1998. Redefining progress: Shaping the future to human needs. Family Matters, no. 51, Spring/Summer, pp. 6-12. Full paper.

*Eckersley R. 1998. Perspectives on progress: Economic growth, quality of life and ecological sustainability. In Eckersley R (Ed). Measuring Progress: Is Life Getting Better? CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 3-34. Full paper. Full paper.

*Eckersley R. 1989. Regreening Australia - the environmental, economic and social benefits of reforestation. Occasional paper no. 3, CSIRO, Canberra. Full report.

*Eckersley R. 1987. Australian attitudes to science and technology and the future. Australian Commission for the Future, Melbourne. Full report.

 

Health and wellbeing

Eckersley, R. 2015. Beyond inequality: Acknowledging the complexity of social determinants of health. Social Science & Medicine, 147, 121-125. Full paper.

Eckersley, R. 2012. The science and politics of population health: Giving health a greater role in public policy. Australia 21, Canberra. (This is a reprint of a 2011 paper in WebmedCentral, plus reviews and commentaries.) Full paper.

*Eckersley R. 2011. The science and politics of population health: Giving health a greater role in public policy. WebmedCentral PUBLIC HEALTH 2011; 2(3):WMC001697. Full paper.

*Eckersley R. 2010. Population health: a forgotten dimension of social resilience. In Cork S (Ed). Resilience and Transformation: Preparing Australia for Uncertain Futures. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 115-120. Full paper.

Eckersley R, Reeder L. 2008. Violence in public places: Explanations and solutions. Australia 21 Ltd, Canberra. Full report.

*Eckersley R. 2007. Culture. In Galea S (Ed). Macrosocial Determinants of Population Health. Springer, New York, pp. 193-209. Full paper.

Eckersley R. 2007. Culture, spirituality, religion and health: Looking at the big picture. Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 186, no.10, pp. S54-S56. Full paper.

Eckersley R. 2006. Author’s response: Culture can be studied at both large and small scales. International Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 35, pp.263-265. Full paper.

*Eckersley R. 2006. Is modern Western culture a health hazard? International Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 35, pp. 252-258. Full paper.

Eckersley R. 2005. ‘Cultural fraud’: The role of culture in drug abuse. Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 24, pp.157-63. Full paper.

Eckersley R. 2001, Losing the battle of the bulge: causes and consequences of increasing obesity. Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 174, pp. 590-592. Full paper.

*Eckersley R. 2001, Culture, health and well-being. In Eckersley R, Dixon J, Douglas B (Eds). The Social Origins of Health and Well-being.CambridgeUniversity Press, Cambridge, pp. 51-70. Full paper. 

 

Young people’s health and wellbeing

*Eckersley, R. 2011. A new narrative of young people’s health and wellbeing. Journal of Youth Studies, vol.14, no. 5, pp. 627-638 . Full paper.

Eckersley, R. 2011. Troubled youth: an island of misery in an ocean of happiness, or the tip of an iceberg of suffering? Early Intervention in Psychiatry, vol. 5 (suppl 1), pp. 6-11. Full paper.

Eckersley R. 2010. Commentary on Trzesniewski and Donnellan (2010): A transdisciplinary perspective on young people’s wellbeing. Perspectives on Psychological Science, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 76-80. Full paper.

*Eckersley R. 2009.The health and well-being of young Australians: Patterns, trends, explanations and responses. In DL Bennett, SJ Towns, EL Elliott, J Merrick (Eds). Challenges in Adolescent Health: An Australian Perspective. Nova Science, New York, pp. 3-19. Full paper.

Eckersley R. 2009. Progress, culture and young people’s wellbeing. In A. Furlong (Ed). Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood: New Perspectives and Agendas. Routledge, London, pp. 353-360. Full paper.

Eckersley R. 2009. Teaching happiness: hope or hype? Unpublished article based on keynote address to the First Australian Positive Psychology in Education Symposium, May 2009, Sydney University. Article.

*Eckersley R. 2008. Values and visions - youth and the failure of modern western culture. Youth Studies Australia, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 10-19 (reprint of 1995 article). Full paper.  See also: Points of view, Youth Studies Australia, vol 14, no 2, Winter 1995, pp. 46-52. Paper. (Archived with permission of journal, which retains copyright.)  

*Eckersley R. 2008. Never better – or getting worse? The health and wellbeing of young Australians.Australia 21 Ltd, Canberra. Full report.

*Eckersley R, Cahill H, Wierenga A., Wyn J. 2007. Generations in dialogue about the future: the hopes and fears of young Australians. Australia 21 Ltd, Canberra; Australian Youth Research Centre, Melbourne. Full report.

Eckersley R. 2007.The health and wellbeing of young Australians: present patterns and future challenges. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, vol. 19. no. 3, pp. 217-227. Full paper.

Eckersley R. 2007. Young people's wellbeing and the contemporary search for meaning. Journal of Religious Education, vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 41-44. Full paper.

*Eckersley R, Wierenga A, Wyn J. 2006. Flashpoints and signposts: Pathways to success and wellbeing for Australia’s young people. Australia 21 Ltd, Canberra; Australian Youth Research Centre and VicHealth, Melbourne. Full report.

Eckersley R, Wierenga A, Wyn J. 2005. Life in a time of uncertainty: optimising the health and wellbeing of young Australians. Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 183, no. 8, pp.402-404. Full paper. 

*Eckersley R. 2004. Separate selves, tribal ties and other stories: making sense of different accounts of youth. Family Matters, no. 68, winter, pp. 36-42. Full paper.

*Eckersley R, Dear K. 2002. Cultural correlates of youth suicide. Social Science & Medicine, vol. 55, no. 11, pp. 1891-1904. Full paper.

 Eckersley R. 2002. Taking the prize or paying the price? Young people and progress, in Rowling L, Martin G, Walker, L (Eds). Mental Health Promotion and Young People: Concepts and Practice. McGraw-Hill, Sydney, pp. 70-83. Full paper.

*Eckersley R. 2002. Future visions, social realities and private lives: Young people and their personal well-being. In Gidley J, Inayatullah S (Eds). Youth Futures: Comparative Research and Transformative Visions. Praeger, Westport, Conn, pp. 31-41. Full paper.

Eckersley R. 1999. What the !#&* have values got to do with anything! Young people, youth culture and well-being. Social Alternatives, vol. 18. no. 2, April, pp. 29-32, (based on chapter in Australian Youth Subcultures). Full paper.

Eckersley R. 1999. What the !#&* have values got to do with anything! Young people, youth culture and well-being. In White R. (Ed). Australian Youth Subcultures: On the Margins and in the Mainstream. Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, Hobart, pp. 209-221. Full paper.

*Eckersley R. 1999. Dreams and expectations: Young people’s expected and preferred futures and their significance for education. Futures, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 73-90. Full paper.

Eckersley R. 1998. Rising psychosocial problems among young people: Historical myth or contemporary reality? Family Matters, no. 50, Winter, pp. 50-52. Full paper.

Eckersley R. 1998. It’s all news – making and remaking the myths of youth, Youth Studies Australia, vol. 17, no. 1, March, pp. 25-27. Full paper. (Archived with permission of  journal, which retains copyright.)  

Eckersley R. 1997. Psychosocial disorders in young people: On the agenda but not on the mend. Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 166, no. 8, pp. 423-424. Full paper.

*Eckersley R. 1997. Portraits of youth - understanding young people’s relationship with the future. Futures, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 243-249. Full paper.

Eckersley R. 1996. Dreams and expectations: Young Australians’ views of the future. Youth Studies Australia, vol. 15, no. 3, September, pp. 11-17. Full paper.  (Archived with permission of journal, which retains copyright.)  

*Eckersley R. 1995. Values and visions - youth and the failure of modern western culture. Youth Studies Australia, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 13-21 (reprinted 2008). Full paper.   See also: Points of view, Youth Studies Australia, vol 14, no 2, Winter 1995, pp. 46-52. Paper. (Archived with permission of journal, which retains copyright.)

Eckersley R. 1993. Failing a generation: The impact of culture on the health and well-being of youth. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol. 29, Suppl. 1, pp. S16-S19.

*Eckersley R. 1992. Youth and the challenge to change. Apocalypse? No! Essay series no. 1 .Australian Commission for the Future, Melbourne. Full Report.

*Eckersley R. 1988. Casualties of change - the predicament of youth in Australia. Australian Commission for the Future, Melbourne. Full report.

 

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