The 3rd International Conference on Gross National Happiness Conference 2007, Nongkhai & Bangkok, Thailand

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"I feel that there must be some convergence among nations on the idea of what the primary objective of development and progress should be - something Gross National Happiness seeks to bring about".

                    H.M. Jigme Khesar Wangchuck

Academic research is an essential dimension of exploring new paradigms in development. Global standards for well-being policies are emerging while specific cultural contexts contribute to understanding happiness in all its manifestations. Once well-being is central in public policy development, processes of social transformation are needed to move away from unsustainable economies towards sufficiency. Can social transformation be realized without inner transformation?





After initial gatherings in Nongkhai 22-24 November, the first conference-day in Bangkok, Monday 26 November, will be an opportunity for optional programmes. The Academic Session will be the major event of this day. Participants can travel to Bangkok directly if they can not attend the gatherings in Nongkhai.

Formal conference days in Bangkok are 27 and 28 November 2007. Workshops on 27th November will have a free, experiential nature, while presentations during the Academic Session strive for academic quality and the furtherance, co-creation of research frameworks for future cooperation.

Papers are invited in, but not limited to, the 9 research domains developed by the Center for Bhutan Studies, as listed below. Proposals for case-stories, workshops, symposia, panels, tutorials on current topics of interest, and other special sessions, are also invited in all domains.

The Academic Session, 26 November 2007, will start with a plenary welcome and introductory address.

The presentation of papers and discussions will be organized in three parallel sessions (morning and afternoon) according to the overarching research themes:

1.  Global Standards and Local Diversity   2. Inner Transformation   3. Social Transformation.

Striking elements of academic work will be presented in the conference plenary , November 28, 2007, together with presentations from a diversity of conference stakeholders.

The 9 research domains are applied by the Center for Bhutan Studies (CBS) as elements of Gross National Happiness- research in Bhutan, possibly to be synthesized towards a ‘GNH Index’. CBS intends to match these research efforts with related research in other parts of the world. The last category is the ‘independent domain’ where innovative and not directly related papers can be proposed.

Research Domains

01. Psychological Wellbeing

02. Health            

03. Time Use and Balance              

04. Education      

05. Cultural Diversity and Resilience

06. Good Governance

07. Community Vitality

08. Ecological Diversity and Resilience

09. Living Standards

10. Other subjects


The Academic Committee will select papers per domain and propose a panel discussion which will have three or more related presentations by various speakers in parallel sessions under one of the three overarching themes. Proposals will be discussed in a Review Committee consisting of a diversity of leading Thai scholars and international Advisors, guided by the Academic Committee Chair and assisted by the Academic Session Coordinators. A proposal for an extraordinary session is suitable if presentations include a significant experimental component.  Submission of a paper or other proposal implies that the author(s) will register for and attend the conference.  Registration will be possible via Paper presentations are scheduled for about 20 minutes made by an individual or several speakers.


Full papers should be received via E-mail not later than NEW DATE: 30 Sptember 2007. Approximately 30-40 papers will be selected for oral presentation and max. 80 papers for inclusion in the electronic proceedings. A decision will follow before 15 October. Please follow the format instructions and indicate to which of the three overarching themes and to which of the nine research domain(s) your paper is referring.  The size of a paper should be between 5 to 15 pages.

Electronic Proceedings

Accepted papers will be eligible for inclusion in the Electronic Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Gross National Happiness to be developed and maintained at the conference web site.


Around 12 papers will be selected for inclusion in the publication of a conference book to be released in 2008.

Parallel Session Moderators

If you would like to participate as a Parallel Session Moderator, please contact the Academic Session Coordinators before 1 October, 2007 and mention the subject of your preference and the reason why you propose to moderate a session.

Registration and Fee Schedule

All attendees of the Academic session, including paper presenters, speakers, panel participants, and session moderators should register and pay the registration fees for the conference 26-28 November in Bangkok. Attendance of the gatherings in Nongkhai is optional. The registration fee will be US$ 200. - [50.-] for the Academic Session and US$ 300 [100.-] for the conference programme of 27-28 November: total discount package 26-28 November US$ 400, - [reduced rate US$ 150,-]. The package will cover:

- Admission to the Academic Session and all conference activities in Bangkok

- Lunches and Dinners 26-28 November

- Coffee breaks

- Academic Session and conference documentation


Options for fee reductions and possible exemption from paying fees, including for students, can be found at the registration webpage.


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