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ESRC Well-Being Research Workshop

Friday 10 October 2008 18:00 - 20:00

Conference Room, LRB 405, 4th Floor, Lionel Robbins Building, LSE, entrance in 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD

ESRC Well-Being Research Workshop

Date: Friday 10 October 2008

Time: 09.00 - 17.30

Venue: R405, CEP Conference Room, 4th Floor, LSE Research Lab, Lionel Robbins Building, Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD (map and directions)


The time is ripe for a major expansion of well-being research in Britain – in conjunction with leading overseas colleagues. Among public policy-makers, there is an increasing desire to promote well-being and a need for evidence on what works to promote it. And among social scientists there is a new capacity to throw light on well-being: its causes and its effects. Worldwide, research on these topics has already demonstrated the scope for rapid and important advances in knowledge. But the scale of such research in Britain is far too small. This one-day workshop has been organised to explore the possible intellectual content of such a cooperative endeavour.

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Background Reading

Alex Bryson & Richard Freeman
Worker Well-Being: What we know from non-experimental survey data and what we need to know with new measures and experimental data
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Felicia Huppert
A new approach to reducing disorder and improving well-being. Forthcoming, Perspectives on Psychological Science (Ed) E. Diener
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Psychological Wellbeing: Evidence regarding its causes and consequences - State-of-Science Review: SR-X2, Government Office for Science Foresight Project, Mental Capital and Wellbeing: Making the most of ourselves in the 21st Century, July 2008
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Alan Krueger
Assessment of Pain: a community-based diary survey in the USA, with Arthur A Stone, The Lancet, Vol 371, pp 1519-25, May 2008
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Steve Nickell
Does relative income matter? Are the critics right? With Richard Layard and Guy Mayraz, October 2008
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David Skuse
Dopaminergic-neuropeptide interactions in the social brain, with Louise Gallagher. Forthcoming, Trends in Cognitive Sciences
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This event will take place in Conference Room, LRB 405, 4th Floor, Lionel Robbins Building, LSE, entrance in 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD.

The building is labelled LRB on the LSE campus map. You can also find us on Google Maps. For further information, go to contact us.