Presently, the group is coordinated by myself and Michael Daly, who will shortly join Stirling as a faculty member. Several other Stirling faculty are involved as associates and several others from other universities are also involved as associates (see list of people http://stirlingeconpsych.squarespace.com/people/). We are currently finalising the selection of some funded PhD students to begin in September. We have also received a Marie Curie grant to look at well-being and unemployment in Europe and one three-year contract will be advertised on this soon. We are also running regular workshops (last one here and next one here). We have been running a very interesting online book and journal club session (details here ) and hope to expand these throughout the year. Subject to approval from the university, we will also run an MA in Economics, Psychology and Policy from September 2013. Topics that will be investigated by the group include, but are not limited to, measurement and determinants of well-being; the biological and psychological foundations of economic preferences; early life foundations of later health and behaviour; unemployment and well-being; the effect of information provision and framing on complex behaviours
Finding a good name to encapsulate this activity would be great. At present, we do not plan to formulate as a formal research center or Institute, so names that include center or institute should probably be avoided.
I don't want to announce a formal prize for best acronym on the blog but I will be nice to whoever wins. Send suggestions either by email or through the comments. The last time I had a competition for a group name it was won by Rob who came up with WEDEPLOY for our eventually successful Marie-Curie application. Rob received a bottle of wine for his trouble/ingenuity.