Policies for Better Lives: Strategies for life satisfaction and human wellbeing

Friday, May 7, 2021 10:00toFriday, May 28, 2021 12:00
Online, CA

May 7, 14, 21, 28

IHSP 2021 Conference

Policies for Better Lives:
Strategies for life satisfaction and human wellbeing


May 7th:  Setting the Stage Live Plenary Panel  (10-12hEDT)
Moderated plenary session with live panel presentation and discussion

  • John Helliwell, Professor Emeritus of Economics, UBC & CIFAR Senior Fellow 
  • Nancy Hey, Executive Director, What Works Centre for Well-Being, UK 
  • Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution 
  • Lisa Helps, Mayor of Victoria
  • Christopher Barrington-Leigh, Associate Professor at McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Bieler School of Environment

May 14th:  Evaluating Bold Policy Proposals (10-14hEDT)
Panel presentations and live discussion with wellbeing research, policy and practice leaders to propose and assess the feasibility of specific bold, cost-effective, evidence-based and impactful policies for wellbeing.  

Within this 4-hr session, participants will have the opportunity to join two 2-hr panel discussions in the following four domains: 



12:00 - 14:00       URBAN LIFE AND COMMUNITY

12:00 - 14:00       INCOME AND CONSUMPTION


  • Stefano Bartolini, Professor and Peter Mair Chair in Comparative Politics, European University Institute
  • David Blanchflower, Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College
  • Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Professor and Scientist at the Institute for Economic Analysis, Director of GSE Master Program in the Economics of Public Policy, University of Barcelona
  • Sarah Flèche, CRNS research Fellow at the Sorbonne Economic Centre (University Paris 1), Research Associate at the at the LSE Centre for Economic Performance
  • Paul Frijters, Professor of Wellbeing Economics, London School of Economics
  • Alex Haslam, Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology and Australian Laureate Fellow, University of Queensland
  • Lord Richard Layard, Professor and Founder-Director of LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance and Co-director of the Centre’s program on Community Wellbeing
  • Andrew Oswald, Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science, Warwick University.
  • Shelley Phipps, Professor of Economics, Dalhousie University
  • Anke Plagnol, Associate Professor and Programme Director in Behavioural Economics, City, University of London  

May 21st, 10-12hEDT: Invitational Cross-sectoral Working Meeting
An invitation-only working meeting for researchers, policymakers and community leaders actively working on well-being related policy at local, provincial and national levels. Participants will strategize and develop cross-jurisdictional, multi-sectoral action plans for implementing the most promising policies proposed on May 14th. Registration is limited but applications to participate are welcome. CLICK HERE TO APPLY

May 28th: Strategy and Vision for Better lives (10-12hEDT)
Live moderated panel discussion on key challenges and strategies from wellbeing policy action plans developed in the May 21st session & Closing Keynotes: Vision for Better Lives

  • Gus O’Donnell, Member of the House of Lords, Former Cabinet Secretary, Head of Civil Service, Permanent Secretary of the UK Treasury and Press Secretary, UK Government


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