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'WELLBEING ECONOMY'

Dr Elizabeth Stainforth's research focuses primarily on digital heritage and memory cultures. We worked together on an article exploring the nexus of history, science fiction, economics, utopia and Artificial Intelligence. "Computing Utopia: the Horizons of Computational Economies in History and Science Fiction" (Science Fiction Studies, forthcoming 2019).

Wellbeing is a beautifully equivocal word. It is on the lips of neoliberals advocating personal psychological resilience, progressives who want to fix capitalism by replacing GDP with metrics that reflect the real social and ecological costs of production, as well as radicals working on ways of governing the global commons without the co-ordinationing resources of wealth or property as traditionally understood.

Within my work, I look at wellbeing as an imperfect but useful tool, and as a paradigm that must be worked within and also worked into new forms. I am particularly interested in how wellbeing relates to AI and other automation, to emerging forms of digital value, and to the agency we wield on our agency: not just the ways we pursue what we desire and what we believe in, but the ways we reshape what we desire and who we are.

Elsewhere:

The Wellbeing Economy Alliance

Stir to Action

Economic Science Fiction & Fantasy database