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Innovative SPS initiative on wellbeing wins funding

Wellbeing and social quality are set to be the focus of a series of multi-stakeholder workshops being organised by a SPS-led consortium, and supported by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII).

Entitled Good Lives and Decent Societies (GLADS), the knowledge-exchange initiative will enhance the understanding, measurement and promotion of wellbeing by comprehensively examining the social, economic and environmental dimensions of individual happiness and a good society.

Stemming from discussion on wellbeing that developed as a prominent theme in Scotland’s National Performance Framework, GLADS is led by Elke Heins and Jan Eichhorn (Social Policy) and Neil Thin (Social Anthropology), in collaboration with Emma Miller of Strathclyde University.

The project also features a board of representatives drawn from the University of Bath, the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP), Connected by Nature, and Jacobs University Bremen.

The GLADS initiative will consist of a series of four knowledge-exchange workshops taking place between February and June 2014, with team members also feeding into other wellbeing-themed events being organised by external stakeholder organisations. As well as culminating in a final report that will provide an important resource to support the development of wellbeing-related policies in Scotland and elsewhere, further outputs from the project will include various online thematic resources such as policy briefs, indicator lists, animated presentations, and short videos.


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