Increasingly, researchers in a variety of disciplines are targeting poverty as an ultimate cause of educational, health, and mental health problems. Accordingly, a critical mass of psychological research is now focused not only on poverty itself, but on poverty reduction as well. This goal is reflected in this SpringerBrief series which serves as a forum for research into the enablement of human capabilities, including improved health and well-being, supportive classroom environments, promotion of social inclusion, gender equity, decent work conditions, and environmental awareness. Filling the need for empirically supported knowledge this series features the best innovative psychological research on poverty reduction and capability reduction.
The audience for these briefs is twin-faceted. On the one hand it will appeal to applied psychologists in health, education, community and organizations, as well as psychologists studying poverty reduction per se. On the other hand it will also, because of the need for fresh perspectives in development studies and policy formation with respect to the primary Millennium Development Goal of halving global poverty by 2015, appeal to economists both macro- and micro-level, scholars of business and management, educationalists in development studies, health and allied disciplines, sociology of development, social anthropology, international studies, and the politics/political science of development. The series will also chime with policy-makers in aid and development, including both not-profit multilaterals and for-profit multi-nationals who are increasingly interested in the poverty reducing potential of corporate social responsibility.