Lecturer in Behavioural Economics, Research Methods, Social Marketing, Environmental Economics (University of Malta). PhD Economics (Stirling); MSc Environmental and Resource Economics (UCL), BA Honours Economics (Malta). On-going research on circular economy (funded by Horizon 2020), voluntary environmental cooperation, cultural participation. Collaboration agreements with the Environment and Resources Authority, Arts Council Malta, the European Capital of Culture. Previously Deputy Director at the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (Environment) and National Focal point to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Award winning television writer/producer. Active in outreach, Chairperson of the Forum for Active Community Engagement within the President of Malta's Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society. Representation on several boards.
Marie Briguglio asks: "how liveable will the Maltese Islands be when hosting the European Capital of Culture in 2018?" She starts her talk by focusing on the notion of liveability, focusing on factors which are known to improve people’s quality of life and emphasizing those aspects which are intimately tied to "place". She illustrates these findings in the context of Malta, highlighting some key emerging trends about how it feels to live one's life in the Maltese Islands. She then turns to the synergies and conflicts between quality of life and cultural activities, drawing upon research that examines the impacts on quality of life of the traditional Maltese Festa. She concludes by flagging some considerations in the run up Valletta being the European Capital of Culture in 2018.