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The International Journal of Wellbeing is planning its third major conference on wellbeing and public policy. Location and date to be confirmed.
The International Journal of Wellbeing, an open access interdisciplinary academic journal on wellbeing, launched in 2011 and shot to prominence. Our articles were downloaded over 100,000 times and cited over 100 times in just our first two years. Many of the best wellbeing scholars are on our editorial board or have published with us. See our content and learn how to submit your quality wellbeing research here.
Latest News27 March 2017: The open access book "Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science" has been been published. I have a chapter in it, co-authored with Aaron Jarden, about the International Journal of Wellbeing and issues in open access scientific publishing practices. Read the book here.
26 March 2017: I reached 200 citations on Google Scholar! See my profile here.
31 January 2017: The Pursuit of Human Well-Being has finally come out! A lot of work by a lot of well-being experts has gone into this huge book. You can see an early version of my chapter (with Alex Michalos) on Western Historical Traditions of Well-Being here and the publisher's site here.
8 December 2016: I was very pleased to host students from Rangiuru School today. We toured the university, and they participated in a lecture about studying at university and one about moral dilemmas. Thanks to Mr. Gullick for suggesting it.
2 December 2016: I presented a talk at the New Zealand Association of Philosophers annual conference today.
The talk was going to be called: "I'm glad it's over, but should I be? A puzzle about privileging future hedonic states", but then I changed it to "A better life or a better future? Calling out our bias against the past". Slides.
22 November 2016: My paper Living Standards, Wellbeing, and Public Policy, co-authored with Udayan Mukherjee, has been published on the New Zealand Treasury website as a background paper to the release of He Tirohanga Mokopuna, the Treasury's 2016 Statement on New Zealand's Long-Term Fiscal Position. You can read the paper here.
14 October 2016: I presented a paper on the Living Standards Framework, "Living standards, well-being, and public policy", at the Treasury today. I wrote the paper with Udayan Mukherjee as a background paper to Treasury's forthcoming statement on New Zealand's long-term position. See my slides here.
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Summary Academic InformationProfile:
I am a permanent Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor) in the philosophy department at the University of Waikato, in New Zealand. Previously, I was an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Sacramento, and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Philosophy Department at Victoria University of Wellington. I was born in England, lived in New Zealand for 20 years, California for 2 years, and now live in Hamilton, New Zealand with my wife, Linda, and two sons, Eli and Asher.
Political Philosophy, Public Policy, Experimental Philosophy, Climate Justice, Moral Psychology, Philosophy of Psychology, Bioethics, Neuroethics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Economics, Philosophy of Law, Business Ethics, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Social Psychology, Behavioral Economics, and The Meaning of Life.
Current Academic Roles:
My PhD (entitled Hedonism and Happiness in Theory and Practice) examines various topics at the intersection of happiness and philosophy. Many chapters are interdisciplinary, drawing on insights from psychology, economics and other disciplines.
Selected Recent and Forthcoming Publications (2016-):
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