Using micro-geography to understand the realisation of wellbeing: a qualitative GIS study of three social enterprises

Jane Farmer*, Peter Kamstra, Chris Brennan-Horley, Tracy De Cotta, Michael Roy, Jo Barraket, Sarah-Anne Munoz, Sue Kilpatrick

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Social enterprises are promoted as a method of welfare reform, to transition people out of disadvantage by addressing poverty, unfulfilled capabilities and social exclusion. This study explores how three Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISEs) in Australia help to realise wellbeing for their employees by mapping their micro-geographical experience of wellbeing. By mapping the sites within a social enterprise where wellbeing is realised, we provide a practical, empirical and replicable methodology that is useful for gaining insights into where and how wellbeing realisation occurs. This situates wellbeing as an upstream place-based resource likely to influence downstream health outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102293
JournalHealth and Place
Early online date14 Feb 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Feb 2020



  • wellbeing
  • social enterprise
  • micro-geography
  • relational space
  • work

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