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Feb 17, 2022 | by Nicola Robbins

2022 Wellbeing conferences and seminars

The last two years have been dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic and the many changes and adaptations that individuals, institutions, communities and societies have had to make. It has increased our awareness of physical, emotional and mental wellbeing issues, and, as a result of the economic impacts, financial wellbeing.

As wellbeing has become much more widely recognised and interest continues to grow, many charitable, commercial and public sector organisations are putting wellbeing at the forefront of their policies for 2022. 

Here we list some of the key wellbeing conferences and seminars taking place in 2022, bringing together experts in wellbeing research, policy and practice:

STATEC 

Well-being 2022 Conference

Luxembourg, 1- 4 June 2022

About the conference

Economists have traditionally advocated economic growth as the foremost policy goal, but now even economists often challenge this view. Discussions include:

  • How do we promote well-being? 
  • What are the best policies? 
  • What is civil society’s role? 
  • How can these insights help us to address the environmental, social and economic challenges of today and the future?

The conference will feature three keynote speeches, a roundtable discussing how policy-makers can integrate the findings from well-being studies, an opening talk from a civil society activist and a workshop on the World Database of Happiness.

Keynote speakers

  • Stefano Bartolini – University of Siena
  • Andrew Oswald – University of Warwick
  • Prof Carol Graham – University of Maryland and Brookings Institution

Oxford Wellbeing Research Centre

Wellbeing Research and Policy Conference

Oxford, 6 – 8 July 2022

About the conference

This is the first Wellbeing Research and Policy Conference from the Oxford Wellbeing Research Centre, which will bring together scholars and policymakers to discuss the latest research, insights, and developments in the field of wellbeing science.

The conference will be held over three days at the University of Oxford, hosting plenary speakers, panel discussions, policy roundtables, and many more opportunities for participants to share their research and ideas. 

Topics include

  • Fundamental issues in wellbeing measurement
  • Economics of wellbeing
  • Wellbeing policy and interventions
  • Wellbeing in education 
  • The future of work and wellbeing
  • How to best operationalise wellbeing in policy
  • Perspectives on the use of subjective wellbeing in policy
  • Local policy and community interventions to raise wellbeing
  • Business policy and the role wellbeing metrics can play in measuring the social impact in ESG standards
  • International wellbeing policy initiatives

Speakers Include 

  • Prof Carol Graham – Brookings Institute
  • Prof John Helliwell – Unit British Columbia
  • Andy Haldane – Cabinet Office, former Chief Economist 
  • Nancy Hey – What Works Centre for Wellbeing
  • Prof Diane Coyle – Cambridge University
  • Sir Gus O’Donnell – Former Cab Sec and Head of Civil Service
  • Prof Lord Richard Layard – LSE

International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS ) 

Quality of Life for Resilient Futures: Sustainability, Equity and Wellbeing

Burlington, Vermont, 3 – 6 August 2022

About the conference

For the first in-person ISQOLS gathering since the global pandemic began, there will be a special focus on sustainability, equity, and wellbeing impacts on quality-of-life.  

The conference will provide the opportunity to reflect on collective learning about quality-of-life throughout the global pandemic while providing evidence about how to cultivate resilience at all scales (individual, community, national, global). 

Speakers 

  • Rhonda Philips – Ph.D., FAICP, Dean and Professor, Purdue University and Co-Director, Happiness & Well-Being Collaborative
  • Christopher Barrington-Leigh – Associate Prof,Institute for Health and Social Policy and Bieler School of Environment, McGill University. 
  • Matt Killingsworth – Senior Fellow, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania 

Centre for Economic Performance, LSE

Wellbeing seminars 

The weekly wellbeing online seminars hosted by the Centre for Economic Performance at the LSE are part of the CEP’s Community Wellbeing programme. They take place on Thursdays, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm.

The series aims to foster an interdisciplinary debate involving economists, psychologists, other social scientists, epidemiologists and clinical scientists to evaluate the strength of evidence linking wellbeing, biology, and health, the suitability of different research paradigms, and the social and health implications of this work.

Oxford Wellbeing Research Centre

Wellbeing seminars

The seminars are a hub for scholars to come together and share their work in progress to advance our understanding of empirical wellbeing science. The series is usually held on Fridays from 5.00pm – 6.00pm during term-time. 

The Birmingham University Urban Wellbeing Centre

The Urban Wellbeing Centre also runs a regular seminar series highlighting new interdisciplinary research that uses alternative measures of social progress with implications for social policies. Keep an eye out for the 2022 dates here.

Business Leaders’ Council

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing’s Business Leaders Council holds regular webinars on topics around improving wellbeing in the workplace, inviting guest speakers and industry experts. 

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