LSE CEP Wellbeing Seminar dates

Centre for economic performanceWe some more dates for your diaries…

The next CEP Wellbeing Seminars organised by Professor Richard Layard, Dr Nick Powdthavee and Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve are as follows

 Thursdays at 1pm (with sandwiches from 12.45Location: 2nd floor Seminar Room (2.04), 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields

  • 8 October

     Top incomes and human wellbeing around the world Nick Powdthavee (CEP)

  • 22 October

      Happiness and health in later life Andrew Steptoe (UCL)

  • 5 November

     Boss competence and worker wellbeing Amanda Goodall (Cass Business School)

  •  3 December

 Understanding Wellbeing at Work with a Behavioural and Adaptive Approach to Job Design

Kevin Daniels (UEA)

  • 17 December

Employee Satisfaction, Labor Market Flexibility, and Stock Returns Around The World 

     Alex Edmans (London Business School)

These seminars are free and open to all – there is no need to register.

Details of the seminars are posted on the Wellbeing Programme events page, with papers/presentations when available.

For any enquiries, please contact Harriet Ogborn

Bhutan’s vision of Gross National Happiness

We recently hosted an afternoon of Wellbeing Discussion, Dialogue and Debate for 100 guests.

A number of our attendees have requested a copy of Dr Julia Kim’sJkim presentation (click below for pdf):

What can we learn from Bhutan and the Vision of Gross National Happiness for Improving the Public’s Health

See the discussion carry on via #WBdebate on Twitter and a reflection from this blog .

 →more information on

→ GNH Centre 

GNH in Education

GNH Right Livelihood Programme

Community consultation – questionnaire and events

How can wellbeing evidence help you achieve your objectives? 

What evidence would be most useful for you and in what format?

Our Community evidence strand will focus on a range of evidence areas, including:

  • Definitions of community wellbeing
  • Local factors that determine both personal and community wellbeing
  • The role of social networks and participation in personal and community wellbeing
  • The positive impacts of community wellbeing on other outcomes
  • Impacts of community based interventions to improve wellbeing

As part of our stakeholder engagement process to decide what our priorities in these areas should be, please fill in this questionnaire   

It should only take you about 10 minutes to complete, but will be immensely valuable information for us.

→Please complete the questionnaire by 28th August it’s a perfect task for a summer’s afternoon!

The Community evidence programme is also hosting ten stakeholder engagement workshops to shape the scope of our research. The workshops will mostly take place in September in various cities across the UK.

These workshops will explore how wellbeing evidence can be useful in the day-to-day work across sectors including local government, the voluntary and community sector, public health, housing and the private sector.

We will be focusing on policy areas related to place and community, including planning, housing, built environment, social capital, participation, public health, green space, transport, and community development.

The issues that the community programme focusses on will be determined based on this stakeholder engagement, so these workshops represent an important early opportunity to influence the Centre’s work.

Please register your interest for one of these events by emailing the addresses below (timings TBC).

Feel free to forward this invitation to any colleagues who might be able to attend in your place if you are not able to make it.

  • Leeds – 10th September. Register
  • Durham – 10th September  Register
  • Glasgow (including both local and Scottish policy issues) – 17th September. Register
  • Liverpool – 18th September Register
  • Belfast – 14th September  Register
  • Exeter – 7th September Register
  • Cardiff – 8th September Register
  • Birmingham – 28th September. Register

In the meantime, if you have any questions about the events at please contact the Community team

ONS Wellbeing dataset and personal Wellbeing data releases

Earlier this year ONS released analysis combining the first three years of UK personal wellbeing statistics.

The Personal Well-being dataset  makes it easy to see how one Local Authority area in the UK  compares with another.

Interactive maps were also released at the same time which provide another interesting and straightforward way to explore the findings for different areas.

Local Authority District (LAD) level maps (static and interative)  happyONSshowing results from the 4 subjective wellbeing questions

This powerful 3 year dataset also enables us to look more closely at the well-being of many specific groups, such as disabled people, minority ethnic groups, people who report an affiliation to different religions, and people who rate their health as good or poor.

For those with a particular interest in health, the data is available for Health and Wellbeing Boards areas and Clinical Commissioning Groups as well.

For economists and those interested in local economic development, the data can also be analysed for Local Enterprise Partnership areas as well as for local authorities.

→Excel tables with figures for a range of sub-groups and geographical areas

To help meet policy needs for regularly updated statistics on personal wellbeing, ONS will continue to publish the annual personal well-being statistics, analysis and dataset each September. Every year, a dataset combining the previous 3 years of results will also be published to enable more a more detailed look at what’s happening to the well-being of different groups and in different areas of the UK.

Two newly released publications on personal well-being from ONS:

Using the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey to look at community wellbeing, social trust and relationships to personal wellbeing measures

Investigation into how to get comparable estimates of life satisfaction from surveys using different life satisfaction measures.

Screenshot 2015-06-25 10.18.50 Taking a wider view on personal wellbeing the European Social Survey  has also published their results on Europeans’ personal and social wellbeing

Work, Learning & Wellbeing : Public consultation & emerging findings on organisational wellbeing

Our Work, Learning and Wellbeing evidence programme is consulting on its priorities and focus. We’re looking for feedback from individuals as well as from civil society groups, charities and  professional institutions. We are seeking responses by 9th October 2015

Responses should be submitted via the survey here WLW

You can download the questions beforehand to prepare you submission here

Emerging findings from Work, Learning and Wellbeing:

Findings from our analysis of the 2011 Workplace Employment Relations Survey indicate that elements of wellbeing tend to cluster together – both for individuals and organisations. Where workers experience positive moods and emotions about work, they also experience more job satisfaction, commitment to the organisation, and trust in management. Also, in such organisations, both workers and managers report a positive employment relations climate. Such organisations may also have better economic performance, lower injury and illness rates, and report less staff turnover.

The Work and Learning team are also advertising for staff to support the programme here.

→Contact the Work Learning Wellbeing programme