Arena 2

Social Equality and Well-Being

Arena 2 focuses on core interdisciplinary issues related to human rights, citizenship and security, peace, as well as on challenges to well-being in a global setting. Given EUniWell’s focus on interdisciplinary approaches to well-being, the individual and social well-being research arena seeks to advance a comprehensive approach to exploring, analysing, and assessing different perspectives on well-being and how they can contribute to an interdisciplinary research agenda. EUniWell’s Arena 2 approach explores well-being from a “global” perspective, examining its implications and policy options for improving well-being at the local and global levels as well as the intermediate levels of the national, regional, and supranational levels. This arena is linked to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.  


EUniWell’s Research in Arena 2 will facilitate interdisciplinary approaches to individual, social and societal well-being that bring together the different disciplinary perspectives to explore core issues related to well-being and the SDG 16. Yet, it should also explore the tensions between the promotion of well-being on the one hand and the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals on the other.


In parallel to the interdisciplinary research agenda, Arena 2 seeks to promote an ambitious education agenda on interdisciplinary approaches to individual, social, and societal well-being and SDG 16. Furthermore, the education agenda should also focus on how well-being can be institutionalised and enhanced for students, university staff and at the level of university governance. Well-being is thus not only a topic for new educational initiatives but should also be at the centre of how we function as universities, particularly in the post Covid–19 context.

What we are working on

Small private online course (SPOC) “Recentering Epistemologies for Global Well-Being”

This course will facilitate explorations among EUniWell students with students from partnering African universities on contemporary issues that promote global well-being and collaboratively distinguish effective support practices. This will be based on democratic, inclusive, challenge-based, inter- and transdisciplinary principals. The overall objective of the SPOC is to foster collaborative learning processes that enable multiple perspectives on individual and social relations to an entangled past, a common present and a shared future.