Interdisciplinary Challenges in Wellbeing Research: Definitions and Methods


28-30 January 2016

Venue: Salle A at the Vieille Charité, EHESS Marseille, 2nd floor on the left



Thursday 28 January
14:00-14:30 Registration with Buffet
14:30-15:00 Welcome and Introduction
15:00-15:35 Marc Fleurbaey (Princeton University; economics and philosophy): Do People Seek to Maximise Their Subjective Wellbeing?
15:35-15:50 Discussion
15:50-16:25 Alistair Lawrence (University of Edinburgh; animal studies): Animal Welfare and Human Health: Similar concepts for (very) different animals
16:25-16:40 Discussion
16:40-17:10 Coffee Break
17:10-17:45 Melania Calestani (Kingston University London; anthropology): Anthropology and the Study of Wellbeing
17:45-18:00 Discussion
18:00-18:35 Luigino Bruni (Università di Roma LUMSA; economics and history of economic thought): Felicitas Publica, Public Happiness
18:35-18:50 Discussion
20:00 Dinner
Friday 29 January
09:30 Coffee
09:30-10:05 Candace Currie (University of St. Andrews; youth and adolescent health): Wellbeing in Adolescents: Meanings and socio-cultural differences
10:05-10:20 Discussion
10:20-10:55 Andrew Clark (Paris School of Economics; economics): Good Times Bad Times: Wellbeing and Illbeing
10:55-11:10 Discussion
11:10-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:05 Anna Alexandrova (University of Cambridge; philosophy of science): Is Wellbeing Measurable After All?
12:05-12:20 Discussion
12:20-14:30 Lunch
14:30-15:05 Kristian Kristjansson (University of Birmingham; education and philosophy): Flourishing as the Aim of Education: A review of the literature and the outlines of an extended Aristotelian account
15:05-15:20 Discussion
15:20-15:55 Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona; economics): Personal Traits and Wellbeing
15:55-16:10 Discussion
16:10-16:40 Coffee Break
16:40-17:15 Pierre Livet (Aix-Marseille Université; philosophy): When Emotional Illbeing and Revision of Expectations lead to Wellbeing
17:15-17:30 Discussion
17:30-18:05 Bjorn Grinde (Norwegian Institute of Public Health; biology): A Biological Model of the Mind Suggests How to Assess Quality of Life
18:05-18:20 Discussion
19:30 Conference Dinner
Saturday 30 January
09:30 Coffee
09:30-10:05 Olivier Bargain (Aix-Marseille Université; economics): Can’t Get No satisfaction: Large scale comparison between experienced versus decision utility
10:05-10:20 Discussion
10:20-10:55 Ilona Boniwell (Anglia Ruskin University, Ecole Centrale Paris; psychology): Hedonia versus Eudamonia
10:55-11:10 Discussion
11:10-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:05 Franz Eiffe (Statistik Austria; economics): Measuring Wellbeing and Progress in the EU and Austria
12:05-12:20 Discussion
12:20-13:00 General Discussion: On the possibility of interdisciplinary wellbeing research
13:00 Lunch and Closure of Workshop

For further information, please contact Miriam Teschl in Marseille ( or Pascale Haag in Paris (

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