We are pleased to announce the conference programme below. To download the programme in pdf format, click here. Please note this may be subject to change.


Arrival and registration at our conference venue in Worcester College

Introductory drinks and dinner at Worcester College
Breakfast and continued registration

Plenary presentations

Break for coffee and refreshments

Breakout sessions

Session #1: Fundamental issues in wellbeing measurement (I)
Session #2: Wellbeing policy and interventions (I)
Session #3: Economics of wellbeing
Session #4: Wellbeing in education


Plenary presentations

A Conversation with Prof. Daniel Kahneman

Awards Ceremony

Break for coffee and refreshments

Breakout sessions

Session #5: Fundamental issues in wellbeing measurement (II)
Session #6: Wellbeing policy and interventions (II) 
Session #7: The future of work and wellbeing
Session #8: Global perspectives on wellbeing

Evening aperitifs and exclusive dinner at the Bodleian Library's Divinity School


Divinity School



Opening keynote: Lord Gus O'Donnell

Roundtable #1: How to best operationalize wellbeing in policy

With a special focus on HM Treasury's Green Book supplement on wellbeing and cost-benefit analysis
Chaired by Nancy Hey (Director, What Works Wellbeing)

Break for coffee and refreshments

Roundtable #2: Perspectives on the use of subjective wellbeing in policy
Moderated by Prof. Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (University of Oxford)


Roundtable #3: Wellbeing and Philanthropy
Moderated by Dr. Michael Plant (Happier Lives Institute; University of Oxford)


Roundtable #4: Local policy and community interventions to raise wellbeing
Moderated by Karen Guggenheim (CEO, World Happiness Summit)

Launch of the World Wellbeing Movement

Roundtable #5: Business policy and the role wellbeing metrics can play in measuring the social impact in ESG standards
Moderated by Joumanna Bercetche (Anchor, CNBC)


Break for coffee and refreshments

Roundtable #6: International wellbeing policy initiatives
Moderated by Dr. Alden Lai (Global Wellbeing Initiative; New York University)

Keynote speech: Katrín Jakobsdóttir

Evening aperitifs and exclusive dinner at Balliol College


Balliol Dining Hall

* The policy events are generously supported by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation

Research Sessions

Chair: Prof. Claudia Senik (Paris School of Economics)
Caspar Kaiser (University of Oxford)

'Machine Learning and Human Wellbeing'
Mark Fabian (University of Cambridge)

'What Do Responses to Life Satisfaction Scales Mean? Evidence from Cognitive Interviewing' 

Alberto Prati (University of Oxford)

'Global Evidence of Decreasing Satisfaction Gradient'


Chair: Dr. Chris Barrington-Leigh (McGill University)
Christian Krekel (LSE)

'Happy to Help: The Welfare Effects of a Nationwide Micro-Volunteering Programme'
George MacKerron (University of Sussex)

'Back to Edgeworth? Estimating the Value of Time Using Hedonic Experiences'

Sarah Fleche (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/LSE)

'Do Family Policies Improve Mothers' Wellbeing?'

Chair: Prof. Andrew Oswald (University of Warwick)
Alois Stutzer (University of Basel)

'Does the Dream of Home Ownership Rest Upon Biased Beliefs? A Test Based on Predicted and Realized Life Satisfaction'
Lauren Howe (Universität Zürich)

'The Human Cost of COVID-19: CEO Acknowledgment of the Costs of Crisis and its Effect on Company Financial Value During Economic Turbulence'

Sergio Pirla (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

'Happiness Without a Financial Safety Net: Low Income Predicts Emotional Volatility'

Chair: Laura Taylor (University of Oxford)
Jose Marquez (University of Manchester)

'The #BeeWell Project: Making Young People's Wellbeing Everybody's Business'
Julie Selwyn (University of Oxford) & Linda Brikheim-Crookall (Coram Voice)

The Subjective Wellbeing of Children in Care of the State'

Kelsey O'Connor (National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg)

'Effects of Teaching Practices on Life Satisfaction and Test Scores: Evidence from the Program of International Student Assessment (PISA)'

Chair: Prof. Laura Kubzansky (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
Alex Bryson (UCL)

'Taking the Pulse of Nations: A Biometric Measure of Well-being'
Johannes C. Eichstaedt (Stanford University)

'The Current State of the Art in the Population Measurement of Well-being Through Twitter'

Luciano Espósito Sewaybricker (University of São Paulo),

'Mbyá Guarani's teko porã: An Indigenous Perspective on Wellbeing and Obstacles to Measure It'

Chair: Prof. Alois Stutzer (Basel University)
Giulia Ferrari (LSE)

'The Impact of Empowerment and Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Programming: Which Measures of Wellbeing Better Capture Welfare Effects?'
Gang Chen (Monash University)

'Developing Preference-Based Wellbeing Index: Discrete Choice Experiments from Five Developed Countries'

Yoon Irons (University of Derby)

'Group Singing as an Effective Wellbeing Intervention for Older Adults'

Chair: Laura Giurge (LSE/University of Oxford)
Claudia Senik (Paris School of Economics)

'Adopting Telework. The Causal Impact of Working from Home on Subjective Well-being in 2020'
Eliza-Jane Stringer (LSE)

'People Versus Machines: The Impact of Being in an Automatable Job on Australian Workers' Mental Health and Life Satisfaction'

George Ward (MIT)

'Workplace Happiness and Employee Recruitment: Evidence from a Field Experiment'

Chair: Prof. Carol Graham (Brookings Institution)
Caroline Chesang & Giulia Greco (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

'Exploring the Relationship Between Violence and Subjective Wellbeing: Evidence from Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in Tanzania'
Anne-Marie Bagnall (Leeds Beckett)

'Community Power and Its Connection to Positive Wellbeing and Health in Places of Multiple Deprivation'

Chris Barrington-Leigh (McGill University)

Response Functions Around the Globe: Cultural Differences in Cognitive Evaluations of Life'