Wellbeing Research Centre launched
New research Centre brings together Oxford academics to advance the interdisciplinary science of wellbeing and how to best improve lives.
The establishment of this interdisciplinary research Centre at the University of Oxford will advance the science of wellbeing and become a major platform for helping communities and organizations around the world put wellbeing at the heart of their decision-making. This follows on a long-term funding agreement between Harris Manchester College and KSI Education, an investment fund headquartered in London and built on the philosophy that investing in education and student wellbeing improves performance and changes lives.
The Wellbeing Research Centre will be housed at Harris Manchester College, Oxford. Its Principal, Professor Jane Shaw, said that “Harris Manchester College is a natural home for the Wellbeing Research Centre, and its exciting new line of research, given the college’s history of being at the cutting edge of higher education and its longstanding concern for the whole student.“
The founding Director of the Centre is Dr. Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, a Professor at the Saïd Business School and the KSI Fellow at Harris Manchester College. Professor De Neve noted that “the Centre aims to become the world’s preeminent hub for empirical research on the interdisciplinary subject of wellbeing by bringing together the expertise on wellbeing from around the University of Oxford and help develop it further.”
Some key questions set to be explored by Centre researchers include:
- What are the key drivers of wellbeing over the life course and what is their relative importance?
- How do changes in wellbeing impact other outcomes such as productivity, K-12 educational performance, and voting behaviour?
- How to harness big data to allow for new ways to measure individual and community wellbeing?
- Should wellbeing be a policy objective?
- How to code for optimizing wellbeing in algorithms that enable human-centred AI?
Dr. Wilson Sea, Chairman of China First Capital Group, and founding member of KSI Education, said: “We are pleased to support the Oxford Wellbeing Research Centre because the study of wellbeing is a critical interdisciplinary subject that is of great importance to individuals, organizations, and societies.” Dr. Sabrina Cheung, Chairman of KSI Education, added that “the development of wellbeing science will be instrumental for enhancing learning outcomes in K12-education and thus improve lives in the long run.”
Pictured above at the formal launch of the Centre: Professor Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (Director of the Wellbeing Research Centre); Professor Jane Shaw (Principal of Harris Manchester College); Dr. Sabrina Cheung (Chairman, KSI Education); The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Professor Louise Richardson; Dr. Wilson Sea (Chairman, China First Capital Group)