Well-being During the Covid-19 Pandemic in Indonesia

Well-being in Southeast Asia Webinar Series

In recent years, there has been a growing number of national projects across the world to supplement national income with measures of well-being in order to get a more comprehensive view of development and ensure informed policy making does not exclusively prioritise economic growth. Such projects have become more urgent during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. To date in Indonesia, rates of infections throughout the country are approaching a quarter of a million with several thousand fatalities. Valid measures of well-being can provide a useful gauge of how a society is coping with the pandemic as well as identify key areas for policy intervention, but as the term is still relatively new among policymakers, application of it poses some challenges.

Firstly, conventional approaches for understanding well-being have been mainly developed in the West, which tend to define its usage from an individualistic perspective. Secondly, the concept of well-being is still very much a ‘work in progress’ in Indonesia. There has never been a clear consensus among both social commentators and policymakers within the country on a working definition, which can confound efforts to generate policies to improve well-being. This is in spite of the fact that Indonesia is placed 84th out of 153 countries surveyed in the World Happiness Survey for 2020.

Drawing from original research and grounded perspectives in Indonesia, this webinar seeks to present a coherent and practical model for policymakers to apply the concept of well-being, particularly in the advent of a national crisis such as the Covid-19 coronavirus.

This webinar is supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

About the Speaker

Herdiyan Maulana is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia, with a special interest in well-being and quality of life studies. He graduated from the School of Psychology of the Faculty of Health at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. His current research focuses on the ways people shape their perceptions of well-being and its indicators based on Indonesia’s collectivistic cultural context. He is particularly interested in cross-cultural approaches to understanding well-being in order to assist policymakers improve the quality of life for communities in general.


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Oct 01 2020


3:00 pm - 4:15 pm