New research Centre brings together Oxford academics to advance the interdisciplinary science of wellbeing.
Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Associate Professor of Economics and Strategy at Saïd Business School has announced the creation of the Wellbeing Research Centre at the University of Oxford. The initiative was launched at an official ceremony in Hong Kong which was attended by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Professor Louise Richardson.
De Neve is Director of the Centre, which will be housed at Harris Manchester College, Oxford. It aims to advance the science of wellbeing while providing a platform for helping communities and organisations around the world put wellbeing at the heart of their decision-making.
Some key questions Centre researchers will explore include:
- What are the key drivers of wellbeing over the life course and what is their relative importance?
- How do changes in wellbeing impact other outcomes such as productivity, K-12 educational performance and voting behaviour?
- How to harness big data to allow for new ways to measure individual and community wellbeing?
- Should wellbeing be a policy objective?
- How to code for optimising wellbeing in algorithms that enable human-centred AI?
De neve commented: ‘The new Wellbeing Research Centre will leverage my ongoing research agenda by building a cohesive group of scholars working on the empirical science of human wellbeing. Oxford has a great number of excellent scholars working on wellbeing spread across departments — the Centre will allow for effectively making the interdisciplinary connections and put Oxford on the map as a major research hub on this interdisciplinary subject.
Business leaders should naturally be concerned with the wellbeing of their employees, but our research also gives them a robust business case for the return on investing in employee wellbeing in terms of retention, sales, customer satisfaction and more.’