Ruut Veenhoven

Ruut Veenhoven

Ruut Veenhoven, a sociology professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands, is internationally known for his groundbreaking work in the empirical study of happiness and the subjective quality of life. Veenhoven is also professor of humanism a the University of Utrecht, the director of the World Database of Happiness (an ongoing register of scientific research on subjective appreciation of life) and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Happiness Studies (a new international scientific quarterly, which serves as a forum for two traditions in the study of happiness: reflective speculation and empirical research).

He obtained his doctorate in social sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam and has held visiting professorships at the University of Melbourne in Australia and the University of Mannheim in Germany. He was awarded the Distinguished Researcher Award in 2001, is a registered social-sexuologist, and chairs a working group on voluntary childlessness for the Dutch Society for Sexual Reform.


Ruut Veenhoven - Empirical Study of Happiness

“What is happiness?” has long been considered a philosophical question. From a sociological...