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Thriving: the role of culture in defining and advancing well-being

Thursday 7 May 2020, 12.00PM

Speaker(s): Anna Alexandrova (Reader in Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge), Jonny Steinberg (author and Professor of African Studies at the University of Oxford), Nancy Hey (Executive Director, What Works Centre for Wellbeing, United Kingdom), Nils Fietje (Research Officer in the Insights Unit at WHO/Europe).

Because of the psychosocial impact of COVID-19, the importance of well-being has come into very clear focus. Countries around the world are beginning to set budgets and develop policies with the goal of increasing well-being. But well-being is not your standard epidemiological concept. Our traditions, values and beliefs, in other words, our culture, play a big role both in how we perceive our own well-being, and in how governments might seek to improve it.

A particular challenge is how we might look to measure well-being. Could the tools that authors, artists and journalists use to reflect on human emotions help us to better understand the state of well-being in a community or even a country?

Join our panel of experts to find out more. From the role of culture in well-being indicators, to deep grassroots engagement with well-being in cities across the European Region, this webinar explores the role culture plays in defining, measuring and advancing well-being.

The webinar panel will be moderated by Alonzo Plough (Chief Science Officer and Vice President of Research-Evaluation-Learning at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation).

The webinar will be live streamed here. Online audiences can interact and ask questions by going to and entering the event code #whoch.


To find out more about how the research into well-being is transforming the way governments and actors across all sectors are shaping policies, actions, budgets and narratives, sign up here and receive a free copy of the forthcoming book from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Oxford University Press, “Well-being: expanding the definition of progress”.

Location: Webinar