Dr. Anat Itay

Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy

Areas of expertise

  • Dr. Anat Itay- Sarig is the Chief Scientist and co-founder of BBetter (http://www.bbetter.biz), a data analytics start-up.

    She is a keynote speaker on Well-being, Progress and Happiness around the world.

    She holds a PhD from the Department of Political Science, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and conducted a substantial part of her research at the School of Public Policy, UCL, the University of London. Her research, titled: ‘Towards a Qualitative Model of Progress’ was one of the first in the field of measuring well-being, and impacted the definitions of well-being matrix.

    She consulted the OECD on the early stages of their development of what is now known as the Better Life Index. Dr. Itay-Sarig was heavily involved in creating the Israeli measures of well-being; developed measures for geographical peripheries; and has led the project of Israel’s Progress Index.

    She has been teaching for over a decade in academic institutes (such as IDC, Sapir, MTA and the Open University) on MBA programs as well as Government and Sustainability departments.

  • "Linking SDGs, Wellbeing and KPIs”. OECD November 2018.


    “The role of civil society and regionalism for progress in well-being
    measurement projects – insights from international case studies”, (coauthored
    with: Rondinella T., Ricci C.A., Segre E., Zola D.) Project
    Wealth Local Sustainable Economic Development Research Group
    Working Papers (2014).


    'Social Activity as Tikun Olam', in Social Leaders in Israel, Ed. Oliver-Lomerman, A., et al. Jerusalem: Magnes Publishers (2013).


    'Conceptions of Progress'. Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-
    Being Research, Chief Editor: Michalos, A.C. (2014) Springer.
    • 'Social Activity as Tikun Olam', in Social Leaders in Israel, Ed. Oliver-
    Lomerman, A., et al. Jerusalem: Magnes Publishers (2013).


    ‘Measuring Wellbeing: A Tool for Regional Progress’ (Ed), JDC Institute forLeadership and Governance. Jerusalem (2012).


    ‘A Multi-Layered Model for Measuring Progress and Quality of Life:
    Israel’s Progress Index’ Applied Research in Quality of Life,
    Forthcoming.


    ‘Conceptions of Progress: How is Progress Perceived? Mainstream
    Versus Alternative Conceptions of Progress’, (2009) Social Indicators
    Research. 92 (3), 529-550.


    ‘Progress: Analytical Background’, OECD Measuring and Fostering the
    Progress of Societies, OECD Online publication (2007).