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This session offers an exciting opportunity to hear Professor Andrew Oswald in conversation with Nancy Hey as they reflect on misery and its dangers for the stability of democracy. With the rise in extreme distress, and the decline of trust in politicians in the UK and US, will democracy survive it?

Professor Andrew Oswald is a Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at the University of Warwick. He is an ISI Highly-Cited Researcher and is credited with helping to create the field now known as the economics of happiness, which is one of the fastest growing within social science.

Nancy Hey is a global leader in the field of wellbeing. Prior to setting up the What Works Wellbeing Centre, she worked in the UK Civil Service in nine departments as a policy professional and coach, delivering cross UK Government policies including on constitutional reform.

The conversation will start at 6pm in person in the Katherine Johnson Event Space at the EQ, or online via Zoom, with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions after the discussion. Wine and soft drinks will be available afterwards from 7-8pm.

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The Evidence Quarter
The Evidence Quarter, Fourth Floor Albany House, Petty France Westminster SW1H 9EA