Department of Social Policy

How to keep up wellbeing during the pandemic

The World Wellbeing Panel (WWP) promotes wellbeing as the ultimate purpose of all major decision-makers, particularly government. It routinely asks questions of relevance to wellbeing policy of its panel of 50 world experts. WWP’s latest survey asked for advice on “how to maintain wellbeing during isolation while facing huge emotional stress from the threat of the COVID-19 virus”.

Twenty-six members […]

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    How do children judge what’s appropriate to share online, and with whom?

How do children judge what’s appropriate to share online, and with whom?

How can social media platforms respect the “best interests of the child” if they don’t know which user is a child? How can they meet the needs of children of different ages if the law imposes “bright line” rules – 13+ (COPPA), 16+ (GDPR)? Yet how can society not extend hard-won child rights-respecting policy and practice from offline to online? And why […]

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    The 2012 Olympics made Londoners happy, but was it worth it?

The 2012 Olympics made Londoners happy, but was it worth it?

The 2012 Olympic Games caused a marked increase in happiness among Londoners, according to our research, which shows for the first time that there are significant intangible effects to hosting the event.

As the 28th summer Games open in Rio de Janeiro this week, the $4.1 billion bill will be relatively modest compared to the $15 billion spent in London. However, […]