Dan Weijers

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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.

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Latest News

27 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 Information

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.

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, Philosophical Studies, 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
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 (2016-):
  • Weijers, Dan & DiSilvestro, Russell (forthcoming-2017). 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 & Jarden, Aaron (forthcoming-2017). 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.
  • Weijers, Dan (forthcoming-2017). 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 (2017). The International Journal of Wellbeing: An Open Access Success Story, in Rajiv Jhangiani & Robert Biswas-Diener (eds.), Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science. Ubiquity Press, pp. 181-194. Last author version. Free official version of whole book.
  • Michalos, Alex & Weijers, Dan (2017). Western Historical Traditions of Well-Being, in Richard Estes and Joseph Sirgy (eds.), The Pursuit of Human Well-Being: The Untold Global History, Springer, pp. 31-57. Last author version. The official version
  • Weijers, Dan & Keyser, Vadim (2016). The Varieties and Dynamics of Moral Repugnance: Prediction Markets and Betting on Matters of Life and Death, The Humanities and Technology Review, 35: 91-129. The free official version.
  • Weijers, Dan & Mukherjee, Udayan (2016). Living Standards, Wellbeing, and Public Policy, The New Zealand Treasury. The free official version.
  • Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan (2016). Religiosity Moderates the Relationship between Income Inequality and Life Satisfaction across the Globe, Social Indicators Research, 128(2): 731-750. Last author version. The official 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.
  • See the full list here



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Dan Weijers
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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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