Mark Suchyta Dissertation Defense

Mon, August 22, 2022 11:00 AM at Zoom

Soc PhD student Mark Suchyta will present his dissertation "Social and Environmental Influences on Subjective Well-being" at 11 a.m. Aug. 22 via Zoom.

Abstract: Subjective well-being, a broad term which refers to how individuals evaluate the quality of their own lives as well as the presence and intensity of emotions they experience on a day-to-day basis, has been gaining increasing attention in both academic and policy circles as a useful measure of human well-being and development. This interest has inspired a large research literature spanning over 170,000 books and articles to date. However, few sociologists have engaged with this topic, which is a shortcoming considering that we are well suited to examine the interplay between objective conditions and subjective perceptions. Furthermore, only a small subset of studies considers the influence of experiences in nature and the conditions of the biophysical environment on subjective well-being. In this study, I addressed these gaps in the literature by examining the social and environmental influences on individual subjective well-being. I conducted three distinct studies at the state, national, and cross-national level. As a sociologist, I remained attentive to how factors such as class, gender, and race and ethnicity contribute to social inequalities in subjective well-being. Finally, I conclude with an assessment of subjective well-being as an indicator of sustainable development that reflects the mutual flourishing of humans and the rest of the natural world.


Tom Dietz, Chair; Linda Kalof, Aaron McCright, and  Richard Lucas (Psychology)

Topic: Mark Suchyta's Dissertation Defense

Time: Aug 22, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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