Community Well-being

SHINE is interested in how companies can positively impact the communities in which they operate. Some companies run volunteer efforts, some provide resources sorely needed, and others collaborate across sectors to promote well-being through new services or operations. For example, we have studied two anchor institutions, a financial institution and a whole health provider have partnered to incentivize place-based activity in order to promote a greater sense of belonging, increased financial security, and physical activity. Other topics of interest include how volunteerism affects individual and company flourishing and how employee well-being can affect the people they serve—such as how the well-being of teachers and health care providers can impact the well-being of students and patients.


Bialowolski P, Weziak-Bialowolska D, McNeely E. The role of financial fragility and financial control for well-being. Social Indicators Research (2021).

Piotr Bialowolski, Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska, Eileen McNeely. A socially responsible financial institution – The bumpy road to improving consumer well-being. Evaluation and Program Planning (2021).

Piotr Białowolski & Florian Chávez-Juárez. Household Financial Portfolios in an Emerging Economy⁠—The Case of Chile. Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, DOI (2019).

Piotr Bialowolski, Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska, Tyler J. Vanderweele. The impact of savings and credit on health and health behaviours: an outcome-wide longitudinal approach. International Journal of Public Health (2019).

Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska, Eileen McNeely, Tyler J. VanderWeele. Human Flourishing in Cross Cultural Settings. Evidence from the US, China, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and MexicoFrontiers in Psychology (2019).