New research is underway on wellbeing using data from the European Social Survey. The research is being undertaken by an ESRC-funded collaboration between a consortium of City University London, the University of Cambridge, and the New Economics Foundation (part of our communities evidence programme).
Between now and February 2016, the consortium are bringing together practitioners, policy makers and academics to discuss the policy implications of this research in three roundtable conversations. These will be kept relatively small and will allow in-depth discussion of the three topics. At the end of these discussions the researchers will identify some key insights for policy and questions for further research.
The three roundtables are:
Governance, wellbeing and perceptions of the quality of society
- How peoples’ perceptions of the quality of society (for example their trust in government or views on the functioning of the economy) relate to their personal wellbeing, and how perceptions vary across population groups
- The association between aspects of governance (for example voice and accountability, or the effectiveness of governance), wellbeing, and wellbeing inequality
Inequalities in wellbeing
- Research on drivers of wellbeing inequalities
- The different approaches to inequalities in wellbeing (eg. absolute levels of wellbeing inequality across a population, or inequality in wellbeing according to, for example, income or age)
- What (if any) methodological challenges remain in consideration of wellbeing inequalities in policy.
Five Ways to wellbeing
- New evidence on the relationship between the Five Ways to Wellbeing and wellbeing outcomes
- New evidence on the distribution of the Five Ways to Wellbeing: do some population groups practice some of the Five Ways more than others, and are different Ways to Wellbeing particularly important for some groups?
If you are work on wellbeing projects, are a policy official, politician or researcher, commissioner or academic interested in wellbeing or any of the areas outlined above and want to take part register interest now.