Professor Diener's research focuses on several areas: the measurement of subjective well-being; temperament and personality influences on SWB; theories of well-being; demographics and well-being (e.g., income, sex, and age); and most recently his work has emphasized cultural influences on subjective well-being. Diener uses experience-sampling methodology for recording subjective well-being, but also has conducted laboratory studies as well as large-scale surveys across many cultures. Ed Diener has edited three recent books on SWB: Well-being: The Foundations of Hedonic Psychology (with Kahneman and Schwarz), Advances in Quality of Life Studies (with Don Rahtz), and Culture and Subjective Well-Being (with Eunkook Suh). He is currently heading up a program designed to advance national indicators of well-being to complement economic indicators or quality of life. With Robert Biswas-Diener and Richard Lucas he is writing a popular book on well-being, Beneficial Happiness.
Ph.D. from the University of Washington