A Model of Thriving

A co-produced report exploring a theory of thriving and new ways of tackling poverty.


Anti-poverty charities often focus on the effects and consequences of poverty. But the focus of Turn2us is ‘to help people thrive and not just survive’. 

The national anti-poverty charity partnered with researchers from the Bennett Institute of Public Policy and people with a lived experience of financial hardship, in order to find answers to the question ‘what does it mean to thrive?’.

Through co-producing this work, existing models of thriving developed for other contexts are inadequate for understanding what thriving entails for people who use the services of national poverty charities like Turn2us.

This report explores the bespoke model of thriving co-produced by partners who have experienced poverty, staff who challenge it at Turn2us, and academics at the Bennett Institute who understand the latest research on the issue.

The result is a model of thriving that is sensitive to the lived experience of Turn2us’ stakeholders, practical for the charity’s work and technically rigorous.

The Many Dimensions of Wellbeing Project is funded by AHRC and ESRC, and is a collaboration with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing.

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  • About the author

    Dr Mark Fabian, Research Associate

    Mark is a welfare economist working on the Measuring Well-Being project at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy. His research focuses on the epistemology and ethics of well-being metrics, especially how policymakers and citizens understand well-being, its measurement, and the legitimacy of well-being policy interventions.    Learn more

  • About the author

    Abby Meadows

    Abby Meadows works at Turn2Us, a UK based charity fighting poverty, as their Co-production and Participation officer. She also guest lecturers in humanitarian response and the contemporary European refugee crisis at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

  • About the author

    Dr Anna Alexandrova

    Anna is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Science at University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College, having previously taught at the University of Missouri St Louis. She writes on philosophy of social sciences, especially economic modelling, explanation, and the sciences of well-being. She was a recipient of the Philosophy of Science Association Recent PhD Essay Prize.