Well Being in Ireland Conference, June 6, 2013


Following on from last year’s successful conference on barriers to well-being in Ireland, the Health and Well-being research cluster at the Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway in collaboration with TASC are delighted to host a conference, Thursday 6th June 2013, that will focus on well-being measurement and the design of a national well-being index for Ireland, and you are cordially invited to attend. This conference will feature keynote lectures from the directors of the Canadian, UK, Scottish and  Japanese well-being indices, short presentations highlighting key perspectives on well-being, a collective intelligence design session focused on the design of a new Irish index of well-being, a poster session and an address by the Minister of State for Primary Care at the Department of Health, Alex White. Additionally, there will be an essay competition with prizes for the most innovative, critical, and integrative perspectives on the measurement of well-being at a national level. Full details below.

Title: Well-Being in Ireland: Designing Measures and Implementing Policies

Date: Thursday 6th June 2013
Time: 9.00am – 18.00pm
Venue: Áras Moyola, National University of Ireland, Galway

Welcome and opening presentation by Dr. Patricia O’Hara, Chair of the National Statistics Board.


Professor Bryan Smale, University of Waterloo, Director, Canadian Index of Well-being.  The Canadian Index of Well-being: Social Indicators and Subjective Well-being Approaches.

Stephen Hicks, Assistant Programme Director, Measuring National Well-being Programme, Office for National Statistics, UK.  Measuring National Well-being: Experiences from the Office for National Statistics

David Signorinni, Head of Performance Unit , Office for National Statistics, Scotland. Well-being in Scotland: Past, present and future

Yoshiaki Takahashi, Project Manager for Happiness Studies in the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Well-being indicators in Asia: Similar to or different from others?

Perspectives on Well-Being

Dr. Nata Duvvury, Co-Director of the Global Women’s Studies Programme, will present on Gender Perspectives on Well-being.

Dr. Nat O’Connor, Director of TASC, Ireland’s independent equality think-tank, will present on Equality and Well-being.

Professor Kevin M. Leyden, School of Political Science and Sociology and Co-Director of the Creative, Liveable and Sustainable Communities priority research theme at the Whitaker Institute will present on Well-being and Sustainable Communities.


Dr. Michael Hogan, Co-Director of the Health and Well-being priority research theme at the Whitaker Institute, NUI, Galway, will present on collective intelligence and well-being measurement and policy practice.  A collective intelligence design session will follow where conference participants will focus on generating, clarifying, and selecting possible components for a new national well-being index.  Dr. Michael Hogan, will facilitate the collective intelligence workshop.

All participants will receive a free copy of the collective intelligence software, with supporting training video and workbook notes describing how to run a collective intelligence session.

The final session will be devoted to an interactive poster and networking session and the award of the essay prize. 

Poster abstracts can be submitted here by May 20th. Abstracts related to all aspects of well-being are welcome. Details of poster requirements can be found here.

Essay abstracts should be submitted to wellbeinginireland@gmail.com by May 10th (extended). Essays must be no more than 1000 words (excluding references), include no more than 15 references, and should focus on how best to approach the measurement of well-being at a national level and/or how best to make use of well-being measures in policy practice. The final draft of the essay should be submitted by May 15th. All accepted essays will be published in the conference proceedings report. 

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided on the day, and there will be an informal pub gathering in the evening for anyone who decides to stay on in Galway that night.

Any queries can be directed to Chris Noone at wellbeinginireland@gmail.com or alternatively join our linkedin group and post queries there.