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

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


May 14th:  Evaluating Bold Policy Proposals (10-14h EST)
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:  1) Urban life and community; 2) Income and consumption; 3) Children and psychosocial skills; and 4) Labour market and workplaces. 

  • Stefano Bartolini, Peter Mair Chair in Comparative Politics, European University Institute
  • Danny Blanchflower, Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College
  • Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Scientist of Institute for Economic Analysis and Director of GSE Master Program in the Economics of Public Policy, University of Barcelona
  • Andrew Clark, Professor, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris School of Economics
  • Sarah Flèche, Research Associate at 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
  • Prof Lord Richard Layard, 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, Senior Lecturer in Psychology (Behavioural Economics), City University of London

May 28th: Vision for Future Live Plenary Session (10-12hEST)
Live moderated panel discussion on key challenges and strategies from wellbeing policy action plans developed in the May 14th session & Closing Keynotes: Vision for Better Lives

  • Gus O’Donnell, Member of the House of Lords, Former Cabinet Secretary & Head of the Civil Service, UK


BY APPLICATION:  Invitational Cross-sectoral Working Meeting

May 21st :Invitational Cross-sectoral Working Meeting  (10-12hEST)
May 21st is 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.


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