• Dave Webb
  • Eduardo Wills-Herrera
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 46)


Humankind today is facing challenges that question traditional thinking and research concerning the development of nations, communities, and individuals. For instance, fear of crime constitutes one of the main worries for individuals in cities, regions, and nations. Similarly, global threats such as climate change, the depletion of natural resources, recurrent economic and financial crises, increased inequality, and societal insecurity, all point to the heightened importance of finding new ways of understanding and acting to reduce the insecurity and non-sustainability of existing models and processes of development. Many challenges lie ahead: climate change, increasing terrorism, and violence against individuals, minorities, and nations, recurrent financial crisis in the business world, civil conflict, natural environmental disasters, catastrophies, interconnected corruption and narco-trafficking, human trafficking, and so on. These globalized phenomena highlight the interconnectedness of threats, risks, and dangers which in turn create many challenges for security, human development, and well-being. The aforementioned are global and independent of the place where people live.


Life Satisfaction Social Capital Life Domain Human Trafficking United Nations Development Program 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  2. 2.School of ManagementUniversidad de los AndesBogotáColumbia

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