Cape Breton University
Nova Scotia, Canada
Ph.D., Administration and Policy Studies in Education
McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1998
(Focus: Education and Sustainability)
Master of Education, Guidance and Counselling
University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, 1987
Bachelor of Education
University of Western Ontario, 1978
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
University of Western Ontario, 1977
Sustainable Happiness: This is a concept I developed in order to merge the best elements of happiness studies with sustainability. My aim is to assist individuals, organizations, and governments to understand the link between our pursuit of happiness and sustainability.
Sustainable Community Development: My doctoral research at the Barefoot College in India, and my current research on sustainable happiness and child-friendly planning are intended to contribute towards the development of sustainable communities.
Urban Sustainability: I developed the field of child-friendly transport planning in Canada and my work has contributed to the development of Child- and Youth-Friendly Land Use and Transport Planning Guidelines for Ontario. Working with the Centre for Sustainable Transportation we are adapting the Guidelines for every Canadian province.
Sustainable Happiness, Sustainability and Environmental Research Symposium, Dalhousie University, March, 2013.
Happy, Healthy Communities for All Ages, Plenary panel, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Sustainable Communities conference, Windsor, February, 2013.
Sustainable Happiness, AHIMSA and Sustainable Happiness Conference, Cal Poly Pomona, CA, November 2012
Sustainable Happiness, Keynote, St. Anthony, NL, May 2012
Celebrating Sustainable Happiness in Nunavut, Keynote, Nunavut Teachers Association Conference, Iqaluit, February 2012
Sustainable Happiness, Building Healthy Communities, Keynote, St. John’s, Canada, November 2011
Sustainable Happiness workshop, Iqaluit, Nunavut, November 2011
Sustainable Happiness, Intelligent Mobility, Keynote, Guadalajara, Mexico, November 2011
Sustainable Happiness, TEDxUTIHP, Toronto, September 2011
Sustainable Happiness, Green Roots Symposium, Keynote, Halifax, NS, March 2011
Sustainable Happiness and Education: Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, February 2011
Sustainable Happiness and Children’s Mobility: Healthy Children, Healthy Spaces, Keynote, Ottawa, 2010
Child and Youth Friendly Planning Guidelines, On the Move in the Community, Montreal, 2010
Sustainable Happiness and Livable Communities, Keynote, Brantford, September 2009
Sustainable Happiness and Active and Safe Routes to School,Toronto, March 2009
Planning for Sustainable Happiness, Keynote, National SRTS conference, Dearborn, Michigan, November 2007
Walking and Sustainable Happiness, Keynote, WALK21, Toronto, October 2007
Sustainable Happiness: Fostering Individual, Community and Global Well-Being, University of Cassino, Italy, June 2007
Policies for Sustainable Happiness, University of Siena, Italy, June 2007
Child and Youth Friendly Planning, Planning Directors of Nova Scotia conference, May 2007
Planning for Happier, Healthier Communities, Health Symposium, Cape Breton University, April 2007
Child and Youth Friendly Planning for Happier, Healthier Communities, Florida Landscape Architects conference, July 2006
Happiness and the Work Place - Aboriginal Financial Officers Association Conference, Ottawa, February 2005
Happiness and Healthy Communities – Keynote, Designing Healthy Livable Communities Conference, Michigan State University, November 2004
Child-Friendly Planning and Happiness – Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition Conference, Perth, Ontario, September 2004
Child-Friendly Planning – Transportation Association of Canada, Quebec City, September 2004
Walking, Cycling and Gross National Happiness – Keynote, Pro Bike, Pro Walk Conference, Victoria, British Columbia, September 2004
Youth Health and Sustainable Transportation – International Youth Summit on Sustainable Transportation Conference, Ottawa, May 2004
Fresh Perspectives on Children’s Health and Transportation – Impact of Transport on Children’s Health Conference, The Hague, Netherlands, October 2003
O'Brien, C. (2013). Lessons in Sustainable Happiness. ebook.
O'Brien, C., & Murray, I. (2013). Sustainable happiness? Six ways to get there. YES! magazine. http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/sustainable-happiness-6-ways-to-get-there.
O'Brien, C. (2012). Sustainable happiness and well-being: Future directions for positive psychology. Psychology, Vol.3, (12A) 1196-1201.
O’Brien, C. (2012). Teaching a university course in sustainable happiness, Solutions Journal, Volume 3, Issue 3, June. http://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/node/1108.
O’Brien, C. (2012). “Sustainable happiness” In J. Murray, G. Cawthorne, C. Dey, & C. Andrew, (Eds.), Enough for all forever: A handbook for learning about sustainability, Illinois: Common Ground.
O’Brien, C. (2011). “Sustainable happiness and education”. In K. Bartels & K. Parker, (Eds.), Teaching sustainability, teaching sustainably, Virginia: Stylus Publishing.
O’Brien, C. (2011). Sustainable happiness for teachers and students, Canadian Teacher Magazine, November/December, 18-19.
Kelsey, E., & O’Brien, C. (2011). Sustainable happiness. Green Teacher, 93, 3-7.
O’Brien, C. (2010). Sustainability, happiness and education. Journal of Sustainability Education, (1).
O’Brien, C., & Gilbert, R. (2010). Child and Youth Friendly Land Use and Transport Planning Guidelines (Nova Scotia) Centre for Sustainable Transportation. University of Winnipeg. www.kidsonthemove.ca (Guidelines are available for every province)
O’Brien, C. (2008). Sustainable happiness: How happiness studies can contribute to a more sustainable future. Canadian Psychology, Vol 49, No 4, 289-295.
O’Brien, C. (2008). Sustainable happiness and the trip to school. World Transport Policy and Practice, Vol 14, No. 2.
O’Brien, C. (2007). Policies for sustainable happiness. Paper presented at the Policies for Happiness Conference, Siena, Italy, June.
O’Brien C., & Tranter, P. (2006). Planning for and with children and youth: Insights from children about happiness, well-being and walking. Paper presented at Walk 21, Melbourne, Australia.
O’Brien, C. (2006). An ecological footprint of delight: Exploring sustainable happiness. National Center for Bicycling and Walking Forum, October.
O’Brien, C. (2006). Planning for and with children to create happier, healthier communities. Canadian Children, Vol 31 (1) Spring.
Orsini, A., & O’Brien, C. (2006). Fun, fast and fit: Influences and motivators for teenagers who cycle to secondary school. Children,Youth and Environments, 16(1).
O’Brien, C., Plohman, J., & O’Brien, M. (2006). Community health needs assessment. Merrickville District Community Health Centre. Report.
Gilbert, R., & O’Brien, C. (2005). Settlement pattern, physical activity, and the body weights of children and youth. Report. Toronto: Centre for Sustainable Transportation.
O’Brien, C. (2005). Planning for sustainable happiness. Paper prepared for the 2nd International Conference on Gross National Happiness, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
Gilbert, R., & O’Brien, C. (2005). Child- and Youth-Friendly Land-Use and Transport Planning Guidelines (Ontario). Toronto: Centre for Sustainable Transportation.
O’Brien, C., & Gilbert, R. (2005). Children’s health and transportation. Information booklets for municipal staff and politicians, public health and recreation, educators, parents, and youth. Toronto: Centre for Sustainable Transportation.
O’Brien, C. (2004). Planning for and with children: Good news for pedestrians and cyclists, National Center for Bicycling and Walking Forum, 10-01-04, December, Washington.
O’Brien, C. (2004). Child-friendly transportation planning. Report, Toronto: Centre for Sustainable Transportation.
O’Brien, C. (2003). Transportation that’s actually good for the soul, National Center for Bicycling and Walking Forum, 12-03-1, December, Washington.
O’Brien, C. (2003). Fresh perspectives on children’s health and sustainable transportation. Paper presented at Health Impacts of Transport on Children, The Hague, Netherlands.
O’Brien, C., & Gilbert, R. (2003). Kids on the move in Halton and Peel. Report. Toronto: Centre for Sustainable Transportation.
O’Brien, C. (2002). Fresh perspectives on children’s health and sustainable transportation. Report. Ottawa: Canadian Institute of Child Health.
O’Brien, C. (2001). Children, A critical link for changing driving behaviour. National Center for Bicycling and Walking Forum, Issue No. 52. August, Washington.
O’Brien, C. (2001). Parent attitudes and travel behaviour regarding the trip to school: Opportunities for sustainable mobility. Report. Toronto: York University.
O’Brien, C. (2001). Ontario walkability study: Trip to school, children’s experiences and aspirations. Report. Toronto: York University.
O’Brien, C. (2000). Way to Go! Getting kids to school the sustainable way. Alternatives Journal, Vol. 26. No. 2, Spring, Waterloo: University of Waterloo.
O’Brien, C., & Kowey, B. (2000). Engaging the public: Starting with our children. Paper presented at the Climate Change and Communication Conference, Kitchener-Waterloo, June.
O’Brien, C. (1999). Fostering sustainable mobility: Starting with our children. Paper presented at the Network on European Communications and Transport Activities and Research Conference, Delft, Netherlands, October.
O’Brien, C. (1999). Children: a critical link for changing driving behaviour. Paper presented at the Transportation Association of Canada Conference, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, September.
O’Brien, C. (1999). Childhood and sustainable transportation. Paper presented at the Social Change and Sustainable Transportation Conference, University of California at Berkley, March.
O’Brien, C. (1996). Barefoot College: Knowledge demystified. Booklet. Education for All, Innovations Series #11, UNESCO, Paris.