Journal History

After collaborating on an interdisciplinary project on wellbeing, Aaron Jarden and Dan Weijers began discussing the idea of creating a new interdisciplinary academic journal specifically on the topic of wellbeing. After agreeing that there was sufficient demand for such a journal, they discussed the idea with more senior colleagues. Feedback on their proposed journal was positive so they created an interim website, business plan, and began seeking out other wellbeing researchers from various disciplines to join the team. They were lucky enough to secure Nattavudh Powdthavee early on as the third founding co-editor, as well as many of the world’s leading wellbeing researchers as Editorial Advisors. Thus, the International Journal of Wellbeing was established during 2010, and was launched on the 31st Jan 2011.


In late 2012, Stephen Wu took over as co-editor from Nattavudh Powdthavee and Hamilton College began to substantially fund the IJW.


In early 2013, Linsay Oades became a co-editor to help manage the substantial number of submissions using mainly psychological methods.

In mid 2017, Gavin Slemp replaced Lindsay Oades. Lindsay left to become the Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne.

In late 2018, Tim Lomas signed on as a co-editor to help deal with the psychology and interdisciplinary submissions.

In early 2019, Gavin Slemp left and was replaced by Meg Warren as a pschology co-editor in late 2019.

In early 2019, the International Journal of Wellbeing Charitable Trust was established by Dan Weijers and Aaron Jarden to become the official publishing entity of the International Journal of Wellbeing. The Trust is not for profit, rather it is for the promotion of high quality research on wellbeing, and especially the stewardship of the IJW.