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Richard Eckersely

Richard Eckersley - Monday 10 October 2011 at 3.00pm

The science of happiness: Is it good enough for the politics?

Richard will challenge the use of happiness science as a basis both for improving personal wellbeing and for measuring human progress. The reasons differ for each application, but in both cases the underlying science is not yet mature enough for the political weight being placed upon it, with misleading outcomes. As well as sophisticated, but often narrowly framed, statistical analysis, we need better transdisciplinary, qualitative research.

Richard Eckersley is an independent researcher and writer on progress, sustainability, culture, health and well-being. From 1998 to 2010 he was a fellow and visiting fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University.  Richard is a profilic writer and his website lists, and gives access to, his numerous articles. His ideas are also summarised in his ground-breaking book Well & Good: Morality, Meaning and Happiness.  Richard was one of the speakers at the Centre's Vanguard Programme held in Glasgow in 2005 and his talk was exceptionally well receivd by the audience. Again Richard's thinking has influenced the Centre's views and it will be great to reconnect with him and hear how his thinking has evolved.

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