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

a development from the institute for advanced studies


Economics of Wellbeing

As part of the 2014 SUII Wellbeing Programme, the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics is leading a knowledge exchange project around wellbeing and the economy.

In recent years interest in well-being and its relevance for policy has steadily grown. The United Kingdom is at the forefront of the development of national indicators of well-being as well as research into the causes and correlates of higher well-being, both subjectively and objectively defined. It is envisaged that the project will include a review of international approaches to understanding, measuring and promoting the economic dimensions of wellbeing, including identifying leading practices in terms of policy and delivery. Discussions will focus on the factors that influence wellbeing and the most appropriate measures of the determinants of wellbeing with a view to informing the current National Performance Framework indicator set.

The expected outputs of the project include:

  • A conference in summer 2014 involving academic experts from Scotland and elsewhere along with policy makers and practitioners
  • A contribution to the final conference planned for November 2014 drawing together all the themes of the SUII wellbeing programme
  • A briefing paper summarising research findings and making suggestions as to the most effective ways to both measure and promote wellbeing in Scotland.


The programme conference entitled “Well-Being and Policy” will be held at the University of Stirling on 27th June 2014. The conference will explore current and future approaches to using well-being to guide policy consisting of a day of talks from a diverse set of speakers with considerable expertise in well-being and policy from academia, the civil service, and business. Important questions that the workshop will aim to address include:

  • How can measures of well-being be used to conduct high level policy analysis?
  • Can valid and reliable indicators of both individual and national well-being be developed to complement economic indicators such as GDP?
  • What are the main policy implications from research into the causes of high well-being?
  • What are the main barriers for well-being based policy and what future directions is well-being research likely to take?

The day will include ample time for individual and collective discussion around these areas. A full programme for the day is available here

The event will take place at Stirling University on Friday 27 June from 9.30am to 5.00pm.The venue is the Court Room on the 4th Floor of the Cottrell Building.  For more details and to register click here.



Key Dates

27 June 2014

Conference Wellbeing and Policy, Stirling University