Stefano Bartolini, University of Siena
He is the author of several articles published in prestigious international academic reviews and of popular science essays. His research starts from the observation that the current economic and social order seems unsustainable from at least three points of view: the degradation of the natural environment, of interpersonal relationships and of human well-being. The crucial questions motivating his activity are: why does this happen? And most importantly: is it possible to reconcile a better quality of our environment, relationships and well-being with economic prosperity?
John de Graaf, author, filmmaker, speaker
His mission is to help create a happy, healthy and sustainable quality of life for America. He has co-authored or edited four books, including the international best-seller Affluenza, with over 160,000 copies sold in nine languages. He produced 40 documentaries and many more shorter films of 5-15 minutes in length, receiving more than 100 regional, national and international awards for filmmaking. De Graaf has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences and lectured in more than one hundred American universities and in other countries including Brazil, the UK, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Hungary, Mexico and Austria. He is the co-founder of the Happiness Alliance.
Carol Graham, Brookings Institution and University of Maryland
She is the author or editor of more than ten books, the latest of which is Happiness for All? Unequal Lives and Hopes in Pursuit of the American Dream (Princeton University Press, 2017). Graham is Senior Scientist at the Gallup Organization, senior editor of Behavioral Science and Policy, an associate editor at the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and she contributes to the editorial boards of numerous other economic journals. She served on a National Academy of Sciences panel on well-being metrics and policy in 2012-13, and received a Pioneer Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2017 and a Lifetime Distinguished Scholar award from the International Society of Quality of Life Studies in 2018.
Andrew Oswald, University of Warwick
His research is principally in applied economics and quantitative social science. It currently includes the empirical study of job satisfaction, human happiness, unemployment, labour productivity, and the influence of diet on psychological well-being. He serves on the board of editors of Science. His contributions to happiness economics include articles in the 1994 and 1997 Economic Journal, the 1996 Journal of Public Economics, the 1996 Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, the 2001 American Economic Review, and the 2004 Journal of Public Economics. A paper in Science, in 2010, showed that across the states of the USA there is a match between subjective well-being scores and objective measures.