Axis “Governance, institutions, and citizen participation”

Christopher Barrington-Leigh

Christopher Barrington-Leigh

Associate member


Associate Professor, School of Environment; Institute for Health and Social Policy; Department of Economics (McGill University)

Research interests

Subjective wellbeing; consumption preferences and welfare; environmental economics; climate change policy


Contact information

Charles Meredith House
1130 Pine Avenue West
Room 205
Montreal (Quebec), Canada H3A 1A3
Phone: (514) 398-2794



Ongoing projects

  • "Pathways to healthy cities" (2017-2021)
  • "Evaluating sustainable household energy transitions in a large-scale program in Beijing, China" (2017-2019)


Selected publications

Barrington-Leigh, C. "Comprendre l’égalité par le bien-être : le cas du Québec", In A. Noël & M. Fahmy (eds.), Miser sur l’égalité: L’argent, le pouvoir, le bien-être et la liberté, Montréal, Fides, p. 151-162.

Barrington-Leigh, C. "The Quebec convergence and Canadian life satisfaction, 1985-2008", Canadian Public Policy, vol. XXXIX, no 2, 2013, p. 193-219.

Aknin, L. B., Barrington-Leigh, C., Dunn, E. W., Helliwell, J. F., Biswas-Diener, R., Kemeza, I., Nyende, P., Ashton-James, C., & Norton, M. I. "Prosocial spending and well-being: Cross-cultural evidence for a psychological universal", Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. CIV, no 4, 2013, p. 635-652.

Brown, M., Barrington-Leigh, C., & Brown, Z. "Kernel regression for real-time building energy analysis", Journal of Building Performance Simulation, 2012, vol. V, no 4, p. 263-276.

Helliwell, J. F., & Barrington-Leigh, C. "Measuring and understanding subjective well-being", Canadian Journal of Economics, 2010, vol. XLIII, no 3, p. 729-753.

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