Saamah Abdallah

Senior Researcher and Programme Manager, Wellbeing
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Team: Wellbeing

Saamah is Senior Researcher and Programme Manager at the Centre for Wellbeing, where he has worked since its foundation in 2006. He has worked extensively on the Happy Planet Index, and was lead author of the most recent reports. He has also been involved in other measures of both national and local progress, and is part of Eurostat’s Quality of Life Expert Group. Currently, Saamah’s main projects include BRAINPOoL – an EU funded project looking at the opportunities and barriers to alternative indicators being used in policy making, and the evaluation of the Big Lottery Fund Well-Being Programme. Saamah is particularly interested in how the science of well-being can inform research into pro-environmental behaviour and value change, and a more sustainable economy. He is also interested in getting public engagement in the question of how we measure societal progress.

Saamah has an academic background in the natural sciences, having graduated from the University of Cambridge in Experimental Psychology, and having worked for two years as a research assistant, in Cambridge and at the University of Barcelona.  He has also completed an MSc. in Democracy and Democratisation at University College London, where his dissertation explored views of deliberative democracy. Saamah also has a strong background in non-formal education, having worked in this field in the UK, Poland and Spain.

Outside of work, Saamah has a passion for travel (for example, he spent 2011 living and working in Latin America), theatre, and cycling.  

Video // February 2, 2016

Watch: the importance of measuring wellbeing

NEF's Saamah Abdallah on the Sky Debate More

Blog post // August 13, 2015

Earth Overshoot Day: the debt we can’t ignore

We've reached the limit of resources we can sustainably use this year More

Video // July 23, 2015

How to achieve good lives that don’t cost the earth

NEF's Saamah Abdallah talks at TEDx Southampton 2015 More