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Rhonda Phillips


Dean and Professor, Purdue University

Co-Director, Happiness & Well-Being Collaborative

Rhonda is committed to helping build communities via her collaborative leadership approach grounded in equitable and inclusive practices. She is inaugural dean of Purdue University’s first interdisciplinary college, the Honors College and a professor in the Agricultural Economics Department. A three-time Fulbright scholar, she worked with community development and revitalization projects in Panama and Northern Ireland. With scholarship and outreach in community well-being, development, and quality-of-life studies, she has presented at United Nations, OECD, and many other events. Rhonda was recently appointed as an International Core Faculty Member for youth and community development with UNESCO; inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP) in 2016; and as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for 2019-20. She served as president for the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) and recognized with the annual conference Rhonda G. Phillips Endowed Track for the Promotion of Community Development and Community Well-Being. She serves as board chair of the Happiness Alliance and co-director of the Purdue Happiness & Well-Being Learning Collaborative, founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Community Well-Being (Springer) and Local Development & Society (Taylor & Francis) as well as editor of the book series, Community Development Research and Practice and Community Quality of Life and Well-Being. Rhonda is author or editor of 30 books, including the textbook, Introduction to Community Development. She enjoys working with colleagues from around the globe to publish and increase awareness of the transformative power of community development and well-being. Prior to joining academe, she served in the private and public sectors as an economic and community planning and development specialist, working with nonprofit and public organizations to enhance community outcomes. Rhonda is the first woman to graduate with a doctorate in city and regional planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Christopher Barrington-Leigh

Associate Prof,

Institute for Health and Social Policy and

Bieler School of Environment

McGill University

Lecture title, ""Global trends in measurement of wellbeing"

Chris Barrington-Leigh is an Associate Professor at McGill University, jointly appointed at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the School of Environment.  Chris' research interests lie in two fields. One is focused on empirical and quantitative assessments of human well-being, and their implications for economic, social, and environmental policy.  He uses large international as well as national surveys, experiments, and theoretical modeling to understand individual and aggregate consumption benefits, and their implications for policy. His other research pursuit addresses issues in environmental economics, including energy transition in China, and the structure of urban road networks and their implication for development and climate policy. Chris received his doctorate in Economics at the University of British Columbia, was a Global Scholar of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (2009-2014), and is a member of the Global Young Academy (2018-2021). He originally trained in upper atmospheric and space plasma physics at M.I.T., Stanford, and Berkeley.

Matt Killingsworth

Senior Fellow, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania 

Dr. Matt Killingsworth studies the nature and causes of human happiness. He is a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the founder and director of, a large-scale research project that uses smartphones to collect real-time happiness data from people around the world. Matt’s research investigates how people’s circumstances, behavior, and other factors contribute to and detract from their happiness, as well as issues related to the measurement and conceptualization of happiness itself. He holds degrees in Engineering and Economics from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University. His research has been published in high-impact journals such as Science and PNAS and covered widely in the media, including the New York Times, Good Morning America, NPR, The Economist, Time, the BBC, and other outlets.

The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS)




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