An interactive workshop series to promote wellbeing in Scotland and beyond

GLADS adopted a comprehensive approach to measuring, understanding and promoting wellbeing by addressing the social, economic and environmental dimensions of individual happiness and a good society. Through a series of workshops, the programme engaged with current policy initiatives on various aspects of wellbeing in Scotland and abroad. The aim was to discuss strategies for improving individual wellbeing and wellbeing-enhancing qualities in society across a number of relevant policy areas and themes (health and mental wellbeing, work/welfare and space/place).
The programme brought together multiple academic disciplines; Scottish policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders; as well as UK and international experts in assessing and analysing wellbeing. 

The team focused on delivering specific practical outcomes such as improved assessment tools to enable the integration of wellbeing objectives into policy and practice.


'One of the great things about a programme like this is that you do come across people whose paths you would probably never cross – even though you are kind of working in the same area, you’re not necessarily in the same arena or coming from exactly the same perspective.'
Anne-Marie Conlong, Scottish Government, Performance Unit


To mark 10 years of SUII, we designed a series of posters showcasing some programmes supported by SUII between 2012 and 2022. Click on the image above for a full view of the poster created for this particular programme.

Visit our Insights page to find out more about the 10 Years of SUII.


Programme Team

Dr Elke Heins, University of Edinburgh
Dr Neil Thin, University of Edinburgh
Dr Emma Miller, University of Strathclyde
Dr Jan Eichhorn, University of Edinburgh
Professor John Frank, University of Edinburgh
Dr Sarah White, University of Bath
Marie-Amelie Viatte, Connected by Nature
Professor Jan Delhey, Jacobs University Bremen
Professor Hilke Brockmann, Jacobs University Bremen

Final Report


  • Thin, Neil (2020), A Research Agenda for Social Wellbeing. Chichester, UK: Elgar.  ISBN: 9781788976459

  • Heins, Elke and Hartwig Pautz (2021), 'Social wellbeing in Scotland – the "career network" of a policy concept'. International Journal of Wellbeing 11.1. DOI: