Research Questions

Mapping the Landscape

  • How do levels of wellbeing vary across Europe, according to different measures, and specifically how to different aspects of well-being change between 2002 and 2012 and particularly during the economic crisis?
  • What are the drivers of well-being across Europe, and how do they vary by country and region within Europe? How, if at all, has this changed between 2006 and 2012 and what contextual factors might help explain the differential patterns of change over the crisis?
  • Which countries have the largest well-being inequalities and where are the biggest differences in well-being associated with specific demographic and socio-economic factors?
  • What can we learn about the relationship between individual well-being and societal well-being, where the latter is defined in terms of citizens’ evaluations of the quality of their own societies?
  • How do our findings relate to previous similar work?

Constructing headline well-being indicators

  • What design of headline well-being indicators best communicates the richness and complexity of the data?
  • What design best reflects the data structure as well as well-being theory?
  • What are the communication implications of different indicator set designs?

Using well-being data in policy analysis

  • Do Europe-wide variations have any significance for policy responses?
  • Do the drivers of well-being in the UK and as they vary across Europe, point to policy priorities?
  • What are the policy and political implications of well-being inequalities?
  • For each of three areas of policy: What are the relevant well-being findings? What fields of research currently inform policy-making? How might the well-being findings and more traditional evidence be reconciled and a coherent policy recommendation be derived?