‘Understanding Well-being Data’ talk by Susan Oman
Cancelled due to industrial action
Register here for the event on Wednesday 8th December 3.00-4.00pm GMT
In October 2021 Living with Data’s Dr Susan Oman published her book ‘Understanding Well-being Data Improving Social and Cultural Policy, Practice and Research’ with Palgrave Macmillan. In this talk Dr Oman will bring the book’s comprehensive survey and critical lens to well-being data. She will present examples that look under the bonnet of research for policy and ‘follow the data’. Susan argues for shared understanding of the power and potential of well-being data, and the limits of their application in public policy to achieve a more understanding society. This important work develops themes that demonstrate the pressing need to contextualise data in the everyday to inform policy more effectively, and meet the needs of the population, ahead of those who might seek profit from data without societal purpose.
As ‘understanding’ needs itself to be understood Susan has developed several short animations to reflect the key elements of the book, which debuted last month at the ESRC Understanding Society: A Festival of Social Science here at the University of Sheffield. You can find out more on The University of Sheffield Player.
About the speaker
Susan Oman, Lecturer in Data, AI and Society at the University of Sheffield, researches how data and evidence work – in context and in practice, looking at particular policy issues, such as well-being and inequality. Her book ‘Understanding Well-being Data Improving Social and Cultural Policy, Practice and Research’ is available as open access.