What influences Londoners’ wellbeing, and what can help?

This event has already taken place.

At this event, we heard about our new research into Londoners’ wellbeing, which explores how it could be improved. We also shared the findings of our research with the Mile End Institute.

Read the report

Then a panel of experts and policymakers responded to our ideas and debated the way forward. 

The discussion included:

  • which groups of Londoners have higher or lower wellbeing 
  • the key factors that influence Londoners’ wellbeing 
  • how policymakers should respond to improve people’s lives 

This event was in-person only. Unfortunately, no recording is available. 


Chair: Prof. Patrick Diamond, Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Mile End Institute 

Caroline Russell AM, London Assembly Green Party  

David Francis, Director, West London Alliance 

Dr Sally Wilson, Head of Workplace Health and Wellbeing Research, Institute for Employment Studies 

Chloe Schendel-Wilson, Co-Founder and Director, The Disability Policy Centre


09:30 – 10:00  Registration & networking

10:00 – 10:05  Welcoming remarks

10:05 – 10:20  Report findings

10:20 – 10:45  Panel discussion

10:45 – 11:05  Audience Q+A

11:05 – 11:10  Closing remarks

11:10 – 11:35  Networking

About the research

The research uses data from Understanding Society, a large study which asks the same people questions about their lives every few years.

There are many factors that influence Londoners’ wellbeing. We found that the following have a particularly big impact:  

  • how satisfied people are with their leisure time 
  • whether people work, and if so, how much autonomy they have in how they do their work 
  • how satisfied people are with their health
  • the level of neighbourhood social cohesion where people live 

Earlier this summer, we also conducted roundtables with experts on a variety of topics to discuss how public policy can influence the factors most closely associated with Londoners’ wellbeing. We’ll be sharing their observations at this report launch and discuss what London’s leaders must do next. 

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