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International Wellbeing and Public Policy Conference
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 News

9 September 2016: I will present "Privileging our future hedonic states" at the 1st annual Australasian Experimental Philosophy workshop (AXΦI) at Victoria University of Wellington on this day. More info here.

5 September 2016:
I have just finished giving the second of two lectures for a psychological methods course at University of Waikato. The lectures were on research ethics and philosophy of science (respectively).

1 September 2016:
I presented "A solution to a puzzle about the badness of death: Satisfying the strict existence requirement" at the University of Waikato Philosophy Seminar Series today. Link

21 July 2016:
My paper, "The science of happiness for policymakers: An overview", has been republished in the book: "Policies and Subjective Wellbeing: Happiness in the Public Agenda". You can read the introduction here (in Spanish).

13 June 2016:
Today is my first day at the University of Waikato.

25 May 2016:
Today is my last day at Sac State.

24 May 2016: I accepted an invitation to join the expert group at the not-for-profit Global Happiness Organization. The other experts currently on the panel are Peter Singer, Ruut Veenhoven, and Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek.

23 April 2016:
Delivered the keynote lecture at the University of California, Davis Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on 'What we value: An experimental investigation of the good life'. Link


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Summary Academic Information

Profile:
I am
an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Sacramento. In June 2016 I will take up a permanent Lecturer (Faculty) position in the philosophy department at the University of Waikato, in New Zealand. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Philosophy Department at Victoria University of Wellington. I was born in England, have lived in New Zealand for 20 years, and now live in Sacramento, California. I live with my wife, Linda, and two sons, Eli and Asher.

Research Specialties:
  • Normative ethics (especially hedonism, wellbeing, and experimental normative ethics)
  • Applied ethics (especially the ethics of prediction markets; e.g. ipredict)
  • Interdisciplinary happiness/wellbeing research (especially wellbeing and public policy, philosophy of happiness science, and conceptions of happiness)
Other Areas of Interest:
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:
  • Founding co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing. Link
  • Editorial advisory board member for the Journal of Philosophy of Emotion
  • Editorial review board member for the International Journal of Technoethics
  • Peer reviewer for Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Ethics and Social Welfare, International Journal of Technoethics, International Journal of Wellbeing, Journal of Cultural Economics, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Journal of Value Inquiry, Philosophical Frontiers, Philosophical Psychology, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, Quality of Life Research, and Res Philosophica. 
  • Member of the Expert Group for the Global Happiness Organization. Link
Current Projects/Research:
  • Examining what we value about our lives when we really think about it. An experimental philosophy book project with Peter Unger.
  • Looking into getting funding for a large longitudinal study of student wellbeing and success.
  • Investigating famous 2-option moral thought experiments (starting with trolley problems) using experimental philosophy to assess what differences, if any, several-option versions of the scenarios make (in conjunction with Peter Unger and Justin Sytsma)
  • An empirical paper comparing the happiness of philosophers to non-philosophers (it doesn't look good for philosophers!) with Matthew McDonald and Aaron Jarden
  • An edited book and a chapter on wellbeing and public policy
  • A white paper on Living Standards, Wellbeing, and Public Policy for the New Zealand Treasury
PhD Topic:
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 (2015-):
  • Weijers, Dan & DiSilvestro, Russell (invited, in review). The Morality of Experience Machines for End of Life Care, in Mark Silcox (ed.), Experience Machines: The Philosophy of Virtual Worlds. Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Weijers, Dan & Mukherjee, Udayan (invited, in review). Living Standards, Wellbeing, and Public Policy, The New Zealand Treasury.
  • Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron (forthcoming). The International Journal of Wellbeing: The Power of Open Access, in Rajiv Jhangiani & Robert Biswas-Diener (eds.), Open: The philosophy and practices that are revolutionizing psychological science and education. Ubiquity Press. Last author version.
  • Weijers, Dan (forthcoming-2016). Prediction Markets, in Robert W. Kolb (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society: 2nd edition. Sage. Last author version.
  • Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron (forthcoming-2016). Wellbeing Policy: An Overview, in Mike Slade, Lindsay Oades & Aaron Jarden (eds.), Wellbeing, Recovery and Mental Health. Cambridge University Press. (This chapter reproduces some of the material from Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron. The Science of Happiness for Policymakers: An Overview). Last author version.
  • Michalos, Alex & Weijers, Dan (forthcoming-2016). Chapter 1: Western Historical Traditions of Well-Being, in Richard Estes and Joseph Sirgy (eds.), The Pursuit of Well-Being: The Untold Global History, Springer.
  • Weijers, Dan & Keyser, Vadim (forthcoming-2016). The Varieties and Dynamics of Moral Repugnance: Prediction Markets and Betting on Matters of Life and Death, The Humanities and Technology Review, 35(Fall 2016). Last author version
  • Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan (online first). Religiosity Moderates the Relationship between Income Inequality and Life Satisfaction across the Globe, Social Indicators Research. Last author version. Online first version
  • Weijers, Dan (2016). Prediction Markets as an Alternative to One More Spy, in Jai Galliott & Warren Reed (eds.), Ethics and the Future of Spying: Technology, Intelligence Collection and National Security, Routledge, pp. 80-92. Last author version. Publisher's site.
  • Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan (2016). Religiosity Reduces the Negative Influence of Injustice on Subjective Well-being: A Study in 121 Nations, Applied Research in Quality of Life, 11(2): 601-612. Last author version. The official version.
  • Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan, Jiang, Ding-Yu, et al. (2015). Fragility of Happiness Beliefs Across 15 National Groups. Journal of Happiness Studies, 16(5): 1185-1210. The official version
  • See the full list here


Contact

Email:
danweijers[at]gmail[dot]com

Phone:
+1 (916) 278-7289

Address:
Dan Weijers
Philosophy Department,
Sacramento State University Mendocino Hall 3018,
6000 J Street,
Sacramento,
CA 95819-6033
United States


Why Contact Me?
Of particular interest to me is making contact with other wellbeing researchers. Especially for the following reasons:

 - If you are interested in being a peer reviewer for or potential contributor to the International Journal of Wellbeing

 - If you are an editor of a philosophy or wellbeing-related project looking for a contributor

 - If you are interested in collaborating on theoretical, interdisciplinary, empirical, or experimental wellbeing research

 - If you are looking for an expert on happiness and wellbeing to make a comment about policies or events

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