Professor Jan-Emmanuel De Neve

Director, Wellbeing Research Centre; Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science, Saïd Business School; Vice-Principal, Harris Manchester College


Professor Jan-Emmanuel De Neve's research interests are in behavioural economics, public policy and human wellbeing. He is the Director of the Wellbeing Research Centre, Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at Saïd Business School and Vice-Principal of Harris Manchester College at the University of Oxford.

His research has been published in academic outlets such as Science, Nature, The Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Political Economy, Psychological Science, The British Medical Journal, and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The underlying theme throughout his research is the study of human wellbeing. This ongoing research agenda has led to new insights in the relationship between happiness and income, productivity, economic growth, and inequality. His research was selected among 'The Management Ideas that Mattered Most' by the Harvard Business Review and he was awarded the inaugural Ruut Veenhoven Award for his contributions to the scientific study of happiness.

Professor De Neve has joined John Helliwell, Richard Layard, and Jeffrey Sachs as an Editor of the World Happiness Report. He is a frequent advisor to governments and businesses including the Gallup Organization and currently guides the development of the world’s largest study on wellbeing at work for the global job search site Indeed with over five million surveys completed so far.

Prior to joining Oxford, Professor De Neve was Assistant Professor in Political Economy and Behavioural Science at University College London and a Visiting Professor in Economics and Political Science at the Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD). He is affiliated with the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and is a faculty associate of both the Department of Economics and the Department of Politics at Oxford.

Professor De Neve obtained his PhD from the London School of Economics and was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University. His research and commentary regularly feature in the media, including in The Economist, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and on the BBC. He is a frequent speaker at academic and non-academic conferences, including at PopTech and TED.

Alongside his role at Saïd Business School, Professor De Neve is the KSI Fellow and Vice-Principal of Harris Manchester College at the University of Oxford.


  • Wellbeing (in general, eg. Wellbeing research, wellbeing measurement) and life satisfaction
  • Workplace wellbeing
  • Wellbeing policy (eg. “WELLBYs”)
  • Behavioural science/behavioural economics

Media experience

Professor Jan-Emmanuel De Neve has extensive media experience including interviews for print, web and broadcast (both live and pre-recorded).


English, French, Dutch