Stress has become an extraordinarily important concept to our society. The word itself is nowadays such an ingrained part of our vocabulary that it is hard to believe that the way we use it is of relatively recent origin (Hans Selye, 1907-1982). Most of the time, when we refer to stress, it is with a negative connotation, as there is indeed a likely connection between stress and illness. Similar experiences, however, may result in eustress or distress, depending on the disparity between experience, expectations and the resources available to the individual. This project will investigate the interplay between these and ask how this depends on sociocultural context.
The Stress strand is led by Francesca Cornaglia, Reader in Economics at Queen Mary University of London