Wellbeing literacy and language research
Research lead: Professor Lindsay Oades
The wellbeing literacy and language research stream involves a group of scholars interested in:
- Wellbeing literacy (the intentional use of language about and for wellbeing) – Professor Lindsay Oades
- Natural language and its relationship to wellbeing (e.g. social media) – Associate Professor Peggy Kern
- How lay people conceive of wellbeing – Associate Professor Aaron Jarden.
Systems-informed positive psychology research
Research lead: Associate Professor Peggy Kern
Systems-informed positive psychology (SIPP) is an emerging perspective within positive psychology, which explicitly expands the focus of positive psychology beyond the individual, to also incorporate the broader forces and contextual factors that shape and impact individual and collective flourishing. Drawing on concepts, principles, and tools from the systems sciences, SIPP acknowledges the complexity of everyday life, while adding an optimistic belief about what the future can hold and motivating people to co-create solutions that can help human social systems thrive.
Wellbeing measurement and methods research
Research lead: Dr Mohsen Joshanloo
The key focus areas of this wellbeing measurement and methods stream are on program evaluations, assessments, audits and needs analyses. We also seek to develop state of the art wellbeing tools, and to adopt innovative measurement approaches to improve our understanding of wellbeing in complex real-world systems such as schools and communities. Working effectively and meaningfully with communities is central to our work and this has been acknowledged through a number of community engagement awards.