Cressida Gaukroger

Expertise: Wellbeing, sustainability, public policy, ethics

Dr Cressida Gaukroger is a philosopher and senior policy adviser focusing on wellbeing economics and government systems change. Her current research looks at identifying key characteristics of advanced wellbeing approaches to government and how they can be successfully embedded in government and the public service. She works with Australian governments at all levels to put wellbeing at the heart of government decision-making. 

Cressida has a PhD in Philosophy, and was a Departmental Lecturer in Practical Ethics at Oxford University until 2019. She has also taught at University College London, New York University, and City University of New York.

She regularly writes op-ed pieces for Australian media including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and the ABC, and she has appeared on the ABC’s The Minefield podcast and on ABC radio. Alongside her work at CPD she is a moderator at the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, and writes children’s books, the first of which will be published in October.


The Fourth Wellbeing Initiative roundtable was held virtually on Monday 13 November 2023 and was
Lessons from Australia’s Past National Wellbeing Approaches from the Centre for Policy Development examines Australia’s
The Third Wellbeing Initiative roundtable was held in Canberra on Wednesday 26 April 2023 and
The Measuring What Matters submission from the Centre for Policy Development recommends government should start
The second Wellbeing Initiative roundtable convened virtually on Wednesday 16 November 2022.
Principles for an Effective Wellbeing Budget is a briefing paper by the Centre for Policy

In the media

Wellbeing should be embedded throughout government decision-making, and there should be independent oversight to ensure it remains on course, a new report examining approaches from 21 jurisdictions has found.
The public service must buy into the idea of measuring "wellness" as part of the policy-making process, or else the concept risks becoming a mere box-ticking exercise able to be exploited by senior officials, a new report has found.
A new report by Dr Cressida Gaukroger and a team of experts at the Centre for Policy Development examines this model of progress and finds the most successful approaches go beyond just "counting more things"