Scottish Universities Insight Institute : a development from the institute for advanced studies

a development from the institute for advanced studies


Wellbeing 2014

In 2014 SUII ran a series of programmes around understanding, measuring and promoting wellbeing in collaboration with the Scottish Government, Scotland's Futures Forum, Carnegie UK Trust, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Audit Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, David Hume Institute, SCVO and Oxfam Scotland.

Programmes addressed the key issues around social, environmental and economic wellbeing with the aim of making a contribution to the development of policy and practice in Scotland and elsewhere, including the development of Scotland’s National Performance Framework, ‘Scotland Performs’.

Find out more about the programmes by clicking on the links below.

Flourish: Personhood and Collective Wellbeing

Good Lives and Decent Societies: Promoting Wellbeing in Scotland and Beyond

Home not Housing: Engaging with Wellbeing Outcomes

The Path to Wellbeing: Gathering together Publics, Practitioners, Policies and Perspectives

Walking for Wellbeing: Developing Sustainable Engagement between Research, Policy and Practice

The Economics of Wellbeing

 Work is ongoing with an exhibition and a public event at the Scottish Parliament planned in 2015. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact us at 

GLADS programme video







Useful Links

Summary Paper

This paper contains a synthesis of and reflections on the Wellbeing programme which we supported in collaboration with a number of partner institutions. This is the first in a series of occasional papers aimed at sharing the outputs of SUII programmes more widely.


Measuring and Fostering Wellbeing

Professor Enrico Giovannini gave a presentation on measuring and fostering wellbeing at the Scottish Parliament on 13 January. Professor Giovannini is an expert in the field of wellbeing and a member of the “Stiglitz Commission”. For his work on the measurement of societal wellbeing, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the President of the Republic of Italy.


Final Conference Briefing Papers

Our final Wellbeing Programme conference took place at the Scottish Parliament on 3rd November. Click on the links below to read the programme briefing papers.



Home not Housing

Pathways to Wellbeing

Walking for Wellbeing

Wellbeing Discussion Group on LinkedIn

The GLADS programme team have set up a LinkedIn group which focuses on societal wellbeing and alternatives to GDP to assess social progress. It has been created to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and good practice between the research community, practitioners from the voluntary and private sectors, and policy-makers. 


Programme Blogs

Read what programmes have been up to and access materials from their events:

Good Lives and Decent Societies 

Walking for Wellbeing


Home not Housing

Research Unbound blog 

Economics of Wellbeing

Wellbeing in the 21st Century

Pathways to Wellbeing