This Friday - The Politics of Wellbeing Conference

On Friday 17th July academics and policy-makers will meet at Sheffield Town Hall to conclude the ESRC seminar series on The Politics of Wellbeing.

The central purpose of the seminar series has been to define and develop how politics relates to 'wellbeing' – a concept and policy area that has been researched and debated extensively in the fields of economics, psychology, sociology, geography and others.

Commenting on the event, the Principal Investigator of the seminar series, Professor Ian Bache, said:

"Interest in the politics of wellbeing has intensified in response to the dramatic rise of national and international policy activity on wellbeing, quality of life and happiness, and particularly in how wellbeing indicators might be used to guide public policy. The seminar series has not only brought politics into dialogue with other disciplines but also stimulated debate between academics and policy-makers."

The following have been confirmed as plenary speakers for Friday's conference:

  • Matthew Flinders, Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield and Chair of the Political Studies Association
  • Linda McAvan, MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber and Chair of the European Parliament Development Committee
  • Andrew Oswald, Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick and ex- Member of the Stiglitz Commission on Measuring Human Progress
  • Conal Smith, Senior Economist, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

In addition there will be panel sessions with 21 papers across a range of topics.

For more information, please visit the project's website or contact Professor Ian Bache (