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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).

This material is provided for non-commercial research and education use. It is not to be reproduced, distributed, or used for commercial purposes without permission. If advising others of papers, please forward web-links rather than pdfs so I have a better idea of their use.


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Progress, development and sustainablity

 *Eckersley, R. 2019. Closing the gap between the science and politics of progress: Science’s greatest challenge. Social Indicators Research, vol. 141, pp. 919-929. Paper.

*Randle, M., Eckersley, R., Miller L. 2017. Societal and personal concerns, their associations with stress, and the implications for progress and the future. Futures, vol. 93, pp.68-79. Paper.

*Eckersley, R. M. 2016. Is the West Really the Best? Modernisation and the Psychosocial Dynamics of Human Progress and Development. Oxford Development Studies, vol.44, no. 3, pp.349-365. Paper.

*Randle, M., Eckersley, R. 2015. Public perceptions of future threats to humanity and different societal responses: A cross-national study. Futures, vol. 72, pp. 4-16. 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. 2012. The denial behind youth suicide. Croakey, 19 September (recently added to site). Article.

*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. 2006. Cultural dimensions of youth suicide. In D De Leo, H Herrman, S Ueda & T Takeshima (eds). An Australian-Japanese perspective on suicide prevention: culture, community and care. Symposium papers, 24-26 November 2004. Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan. Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, pp. 143-157. Full paper.

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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