Research interests:

Interdisciplinary research on the role of assets (financial, physical or human) in securing wellbeing and welfare over the life course. To-date my research has focussed on how home owners value and use their housing wealth and the implications for, and of, transfers of different forms of assets within and across generations. More recently my interests are turning to the links between natural and physical environments and subjective wellbeing. My research cuts across geography, psychology, social policy, sociology, demography and economics. This includes three key research areas, and two cross-cutting themes:

• Individual subjective wellbeing
• The role of assets in the provision of welfare
• Inequalities, in the transfer of wealth and transmission of poverty

Cross-cutting theme:
• Interdisciplinary, mixed methods for understanding individual decisions, motivations and behaviours and the consequences for wellbeing and welfare.
• Developing a greater understanding of the links between behaviour, wellbeing and resilience.

Career history:

2016- Head of Geography and Environmental Science, School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee
2013- Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee
2011- Principal Co-ordinator, INTEGRATE: International Network of Generational Transfers Research.
2012 –2013 Acting Director, Centre for Housing Research, University of St Andrews.
2010–2013
Research Fellow, Centre for Housing Research, School of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews
2008-2010 Lecturer in Human Geography, Department of Geography, Durham University
2007-2009
Principal Investigator (UK Team): ‘Pathways of Housing Wealth and Well-being’ project, Department of Geography, Durham University. A collaborative project with AHURI RMIT, Melbourne University, Australia who investigated ‘Housing Wealth and Welfare, unlocking housing wealth across the life-course’.
2004-2007
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ‘Banking on Housing; Spending the home’, Department of Geography, Durham University

Active research projects:

I am leading the ‘Pollinating Wellbeing’ network (est. in 2017); a group comprising (mostly Scottish) academics and practitioners. Our network aims to bring together different voices from academia, policy and practice to facilitate and direct the development of effective, impactful research to address the threats to both natural and human wellbeing.

Recent publications:

Moore, F, Searle, B & Wade, R, Dundee and Me: Acknowledgement of contribution to project, 2018, Digital or Visual Products.

Research output: Non Textual

Fazey, I, Schäpke, N, Caniglia, G, Patterson, J, Hultman, J, van Mierlo, B, Säwe, F, Wiek, A, Wittmayer, J, Aldunce, P, Al Waer, H, Battacharya, N, Bradbury, H, Carmen, E, Colvin, J, Cvitanovic, C, D’Souza, M, Gopel, M, Goldstein, B, Hämäläinen, T, Harper, G, Henfry, T, Hodgson, A, Howden, MS, Kerr, A, Klaes, M, Lyon, C, Midgley, G, Moser, S, Mukherjee, N, Müller, K, O’Brien, K, O’Connell, DA, Olsson, P, Page, G, Reed, MS, Searle, B, Silvestri, G, Spaiser, V, Strasser, T, Tschakert, P, Uribe-Calvo, N, Waddell, S, Rao-Williams, J, Wise, R, Wolstenholme, R, Woods, M & Wyborn, C 2018,

‘Ten essentials for action-oriented and second order energy transitions, transformations and climate change research’
Energy Research and Social Science, vol. 40, pp. 54-70.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2017.11.026

Research output: Contribution To Journal

Fazey, I, Carmen, E, Chapin III, FS, Ross , H, Rao-Williams, J, Lyon, C, Connon, I, Searle, B & Knox, K 2018,

‘Community Resilience for a 1.5o C World’
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, vol. 31, pp. 30-40.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2017.12.006

Research output: Contribution To Journal

Searle, B (ed.) 2018, Generational Interdependencies: The Social Implications for Welfare . 1st edn, Vernon Press.

Research output: Book Anthology

Soaita, AM, Searle, BA, Mc Kee, K & Moore, T 2017,

‘Becoming a landlord: strategies of property-based welfare in the private rental sector in Great Britain’
Housing Studies, vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 613-637.
https://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2016.1228855

Research output: Contribution To Journal

Searle, BA & Köppe, S 2017,

Geographies of assets and debt.
in R Martin & J Pollard (eds), Handbook on the Geographies of Money and Finance. Research Handbooks in Geography series, Edward Elgar Publishing, United Kingdom, pp. 323-347.
https://doi.org/10.4337/9781784719005

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology

Fazey, I, Carmen, E, Rao-Williams, J, Hodgson, A, Fraser, J, Cox, L, Scott, D, Tabor, P, Robeson, D, Searle, B, Lyon, C, Kenter, JO & Murray, B 2017, Community Resilience to Climate Change: Outcomes of the Scottish Borders Climate Resilient Communities Project. University of Dundee, United Kingdom.

Research output: Book Anthology

Koeppe, S & Searle, B 2017,

Housing Wealth and welfare over the life course.
in C Dewilde & R Ronald (eds), Housing Wealth and Welfare. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, Glos, UK, pp. 85-107.
https://doi.org/10.4337/9781785360961.00013

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology

Fazey, I, Carmen, E, Rao-Williams, J, Fraser, J, Murray, B, Cox, L, Scott, D, Hodgson, A, Tabor, P, Robeson, D, Searle, B, Lyon, C, Kenter, JO & Murray, B 2017, Community Resilience to Climate Change: Summary for policy and practice. University of Dundee, United Kingdom.

Research output: Book Anthology