What produces a happy society and a happy life?
The new discipline of wellbeing seeks to answer this question using empirical evidence about what makes lives more worth living. It aims to transform our ability to base our decisions on the outcomes that matter most, namely the wellbeing of us all including future generations.
Join Professor Lord (Richard) Layard and Professor Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, co-authors of a recent book “Wellbeing: Science and Policy”, as they discuss with Professor Sir Charles Godfray, Director of the Oxford Martin School, how wellbeing can be measured, what causes it and how it can be improved.
Professor Jan-Emmanuel De Neve
Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science, Saïd Business School
Jan-Emmanuel De Neve is a Belgian Economist and professor at the University of Oxford where he directs the Wellbeing Research Centre. He is best known for his research on the economics of wellbeing which was selected among "The Management Ideas that Mattered Most" by Harvard Business Review and he was awarded the Veenhoven Award for his contributions to the scientific study of happiness. He is an editor of the World Happiness Report and co-founder of the World Wellbeing Movement.
Professor Lord Layard
Co-Director, Wellbeing Programme, Centre for Economic Performance
Richard Layard is a leading British Economist, who thinks society's goal should be the wellbeing of the people. His landmark book Happiness: Lessons from a New Science has influenced policy-makers worldwide.
He is co-founder of Action for Happiness, of the World Happiness Report and of the World Wellbeing Movement. In 2020 was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Britain's ESRC.
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