Well-being and National Planning Policy: Evaluating the implementation of the Well-being of Future Generations Act in Wales

This research project is available across the ESRC Wales (DTP). Find out more information about the DTP and how to apply.

Application deadline: 25 May 2018

Start date: 1 October 2018


The aim of this PhD is to critically assess and further develop approaches to the translation and integration of well-being principles and planning evidence into national planning policy through a case study of Wales and the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act.

Project aims and methods

It is expected that the successful applicant will spend a portion of their fieldwork embedded within Welsh Government as part of this process.

The PhD will undertake research to address the following questions:

  • What current approaches exist for integrating well-being concepts into planning and how might they be translated into the development of national planning policy?
  • How effectively can Welsh Government produced socio-economic data and trends be utilised as tools to implement well-being principles into national planning policy?
  • How can public and government submitted planning evidence get integrated into broader spatial concepts of well-being in national planning policy in Wales?
  • What methods might best integrate qualitative and quantitative planning evidence into well-being principles for national planning policy in Wales?


Dr Brian Webb

Dr Brian Webb

Lecturer in Spatial Planning

+44 (0)29 208 74709

Programme information

For programme structure, entry requirements and how to apply, visit the Geography and Planning programme.

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Tuition fee discount of £3,400 for eligible Welsh and EU students starting a master’s degree in September 2018.

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