Saamah Abdallah

Senior Researcher and Programme Manager, Wellbeing
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Team: Wellbeing

Senior Researcher and Programme Manager at the Centre for Wellbeing, where he has worked since its foundation in 2006. He has worked extensively on the Happy Planet Index, and was lead author of the most recent reports. He has also been involved in other measures of both national and local progress, and is part of Eurostat’s Quality of Life Expert Group.

Saamah’s main responsibility at the moment, is as stakeholder engagement lead for the What Works Centre for Wellbeing Communities Evidence programme, as part of an ESRC-funded team bringing together robust evidence on how to improve wellbeing, and helping policy-makers and practitioners make best use of it.  Saamah is also working on the evaluation of Mind’s Blue Light resilience programme, and is part of an international team that has won a prestigious award from the Templeton Foundation to understand high wellbeing in Latin America.

Saamah is particularly interested in how the science of well-being can inform research into pro-environmental behaviour and value change, and a more sustainable economy. He is also interested in getting public engagement in the question of how we measure societal progress.

Saamah has an academic background in the natural sciences, having graduated from the University of Cambridge in Experimental Psychology, and having worked for two years as a research assistant, in Cambridge and at the University of Barcelona.  He has also completed an MSc. in Democracy and Democratisation at University College London, where his dissertation explored views of deliberative democracy. Saamah also has a strong background in non-formal education, having worked in this field in the UK, Poland and Spain.

Outside of work, Saamah has a passion for travel (for example, he spent 2011 living and working in Latin America), theatre, and cycling. 

Saamah is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Psychological Sciences in the University of Liverpool.

Blog post // July 7, 2016

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Blog post // May 20, 2016

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Blog post // May 20, 2016

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