Project Happiness

Project Happiness investigates how the physical environment influences our subjective well-being. We are conducting a survey at both UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, where participants will indicate how they are currently feeling and their physical location on campus. This data will allow us to build a spatial and temporal well-being map of UBC, and to understand which environmental features determine subjective well-being.


About the project

This survey will launch online in fall 2014 and continue to the end of 2015.


Principal Investigator

This project is led by Dr. Jiaying Zhao from the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability.


Research Students

A team of research assistants, undergraduate students, and graduate students in Dr. Zhao’s lab are currently working on this project.


What happens to my data?

How long will the survey take?

The survey will take about 5 minutes.

How do you get my location?

With your consent, we can obtain the GPS coordinates on your phone, or the IP address on your computer, to derive your location on campus.

What happens to my data?

Your data are securely stored on our server. Only the Principal Investigator and the research students will have access to the data. With your data, we will generate a well-being map of the UBC campus, and no identifying information will be collected or presented publicly.