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Wellbeing: Measuring it and mapping the gaps (1994-2016)

10 October 2017
12:30 - 14:00

Date:      10 October 2017 
Time:      12h15 for 12h30 – 14h00 
Venues:   Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town

Speakers: Dr Candice Groenewald (Human and Social Development) and Dr Steven Gordon (Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery)

Chaired by Prof Sharlene Swartz with brief responses from Dr Steven Rule (Research Use and Impact Assessment); Dr Diana Sanchez (Democracy Governance and Service Delivery); and Dr Edmore Marinda (Research Use and Impact Assessment)

In this third seminar in our series on wellbeing, we turn to how the multiple dimensions of wellbeing has been measured, both quantitatively and qualitatively. We have already alluded to the many ways in which wellbeing has been conceptualised and defined – from the material and subjective to the relational. Of course, how wellbeing is thought of has a direct impact on how it is measured. In an effort to deepen the conversation about wellbeing and its relationship to poverty and inequality, this seminar presents the preliminary findings of a systematic review of the ways in which the concept of ‘wellbeing’ has been measured in South Africa for the period 1994-2016. It provides an overview of the existing scholarship with the aim of showcasing measures that offer insight into future policymaking and interventions, while also mapping knowledge gaps that require attention.

Cape Town: HSRC, 116-118 Merchant House, Buitengracht Street, Cape Town. Contact: Carmen August ,Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299 or e-mail:
Durban:  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001 , Contact: Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or email: , or Hlengiwe Zulu at e-mail
Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811 or e-mail: