The Wellbeing and Human Development Project

Project leader: Paul Anand

John Rawls questioned whether Amartya Sen’s capability approach to moral philosophy and welfare economics was workable. There has, as a result been a huge amount of interaction between philosophers and social scientists on these topics and in this project we seek to sustain and extend these interactions over the coming years. In particular we shall engage with issues such as measurement of wellbeing, the nature of poverty, the foundations of accounts of human flourishing and diverse approaches to human capabilities and happiness, as well as economics and philosophy more generally.


Research team

Events and Ouputs

  • Anand, P., Blanchflower, D., Bovens, L., De Neve, JE., Graham, C., Krekel, C., Nolan, B.,
    Thoma, J. (2020). Post-Covid 19 Economic Development and Policy. London. LSE Wellbeing and Human Project
  • Using Philosophical Ideas to Measure Quality of Life: The Case of the Capability Approach. 12.30-1.30 Thursday 19 March 2020, LSE
  • Anand, P., Saxena, S., Gonzalez, R. and Dang, H.A.H., (2019). Can Women’s Self-Help Groups Contribute to Sustainable Development? Policy Research Working Paper 9011, World Bank, Washington DC