Philosophy Department, University of Waikato
Is wellbeing and public policy on the same flight path as positive psychology?
In this talk, I outline the progress in wellbeing and public policy in New Zealand and discuss the potential roles for subjective measures of wellbeing. I will argue that subjective measures should be incorporated, including at the highest levels of the wellbeing model.
Dr Dan Weijers, a philosopher at the University of Waikato, researches ethics and wellbeing, often from an interdisciplinary perspective. Dan is a founding Co-Editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing, an Editorial Advisory Board member for the Journal of Philosophy of Emotion, and a member of the Expert Group of the Global Happiness Organization. Dan has provided input on issues relating to conceptualising and measuring wellbeing to the New Zealand Treasury, Statistics New Zealand, the United Nations, and the first World Happiness Report. Dan’s wellbeing research has been published in philosophy, psychology, politics, public policy, economics, and interdisciplinary books and journals.