Key Themes

Key Themes

How can we define and measure wellbeing? What are the most useful, and most accurate, definitions of wellbeing to be used in research models and frameworks? How can we harness big data to develop new ways of measuring personal and communal wellbeing? What are the ethical concerns associated with these approaches? Papers in this stream will discuss the latest methodological developments in the field, interrogating the issues surrounding the production and evolution of wellbeing measures and research.

Should life satisfaction or subjective wellbeing replace GDP as indicators of prosperity and development? Does wellbeing correlate with socioeconomic success? To what extent does personal and communal behaviour align with maximizing wellbeing? Should we focus on building back happier after COVID-19? Papers in this stream will address these questions and more, offering cutting-edge research which responds to the latest issues and developments in wellbeing economics. 

How can we operationalize wellbeing in practice? How can we measure the success of wellbeing interventions? Can we teach people to live happier lives, cost-effectively, and at scale? Could Well-Being Years (WELLBYs) offer a common currency for measuring policy success within populations and communities? In this stream, papers will respond to the pressing issues surrounding wellbeing policy, and the latest developments in wellbeing interventions.

How does wellbeing impact performance and learning outcomes at school? Can wellbeing measurements at school be used to predict future flourishing? How successful are current wellbeing frameworks and interventions? This stream will consider the interaction of wellbeing with education and educational performance, offering new insights into the importance of students' wellbeing, and how it might be improved.

Can we accurately predict future wellbeing? If so, how? Is it our moral responsibility to account for the wellbeing of future generations, and how we might be do so? How will the future of work impact wellbeing—especially work/life balance, and the length of the working week? Can wellbeing be coded for in AI and machine learning algorithms? How can these developments be used to optimize wellbeing? This stream will look ahead to issues of future wellbeing, offering groundbreaking research into how and why future-thinking is important in the field, and in the development of policy and interventions.

This stream will consider the nature of wellbeing from a global perspective. Papers will elucidate how wellbeing may be differently experienced and conceptualised across different cultures, asking: how can institutions and governance improve citizen wellbeing holistically? How can questions of global health inequity be informed by wellbeing measurement? And how can local interventions become mechanisms of change for health equality?