Wellbeing Index

In partnership with AUT

Working in partnership

The Sovereign Wellbeing Index is a partnership between Sovereign and AUT University's Human Potential Centre. The research is being led by Professor Grant Schofield and Dr Aaron Jarden, with the support of the Human Potential Centre research team.

Sovereign Insurance

Sovereign is in the business of protecting the health, livelihoods and lifestyles of New Zealanders.

The country's leading life insurer, we provide personal and business life insurance, health insurance, home loan, investment and superannuation products to more than 650,000 customers.

The Sovereign Wellbeing Index and our new sponsorship partnership will complement our goal of helping New Zealanders to live healthier, happier lives.

Click here to visit the Sovereign website.

AUT Human Potential Centre

The Human Potential Centre is a research centre within the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at AUT University.

One of its fundamental aims is to improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders through positive health. Research focuses on human potential, not illness.

The Human Potential Centre's research team has designed the research methods for the Sovereign Wellbeing Index, and will be responsible for collecting and analysing the data.

Click here to visit the AUT Human Potential Centre.


Professor Grant Schofield

Grant Schofield is the Director of the Human Potential Centre. His research focuses on how people behave as a result of their neighbourhood and urban design, environmental conditions, and how this affects their health. His research is built on a platform of positive health and wellbeing. Grant is on the board of the Health Promotion Agency and is a member of the Public Health Research Committee, advising on public health research funding, career development for public health researchers, and public health-related priorities.


Dr Aaron Jarden

Aaron is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Sport and Recreation at Auckland University of Technology and in psychology at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. His research involves the psychological assessment of wellbeing, cross-cultural wellbeing, and population-level wellbeing change.

His goal is “the complete understanding of human wellbeing, why it is as it is and how it can be improved”. Aaron is president of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology, lead investigator for the International Wellbeing Study, founder of The Tuesday Program, managing editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing, and Director at GROW International.


Lisa Mackay

Lisa Mackay is a Research Officer and Doctoral Candidate of the Human Potential Centre. Her research focuses on the positive health and wellbeing of families at various life stages. Specifically, she is interested in the relationship between active lifestyles and wellbeing.


Kate White

Kate is a Research Officer at the Human Potential Centre. She is interested in the relationship between wellbeing and positive health, and specifically the risk factors for chronic disease. Kate's PhD will build on the findings from the Sovereign Wellbeing Index by exploring these relationships.


Dr Micalla Williden

Dr Micalla Williden is a lecturer in nutrition and health at AUT University. Micalla has completed her Master of Science degree focusing on obesity prevention in children at the University of Otago. Her PhD thesis had a broader public health focus that investigated links between productivity and mental and physical health risk factors within the New Zealand workforce.


Julia McPhee

Julia is the Research Manager at the Human Potential Centre and plays a key role in coordinating the Sovereign Wellbeing Index. She is undertaking her masters thesis in work place health.