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Through several awards, ISQOLS honors individual QOL researchers and practitioners who have made contributions to QOL research and/or to the field.
The ISQOLS Awards 2017 presented at the awards ceremony in Innsbruck, Austria were:
2017 Betterment for the Human Condition Award:
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2017 Research Fellow Award: Stefan Höfer
Associate Professor (Clinical and Health Psychology) at the Department of Medical Psychology, Innsbruck Medical University, Austria; Research Grant: May 2017 EURASIA-PACIFIC UNINET: 15th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (5000€); National and International Conference Organisation: (Chair/Co-chair) September 28th – 30th, 2017, Innsbruck 15th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (Conference Co-chair); 2013 - 2016 Journal of Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being (Associate Editor);
Recent Publications: (first author) The MacNew heart disease health-related quality of life questionnaire: updated reference date for users. European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare. (senior author)The German Version of the Strengths Use Scale: The Relation of Using Individual Strengths and Well-being.
2017 Research Fellow Award: Nick Powdthavee
Professor of Behavioural Science at the Warwick Business School in the UK; Published over 35 research articles on the economics of wellbeing. Author of The Happiness Equation: The Surprising Economics of Our Most Valuable Asset, The Origins of Happiness: The Science of Well-Being over the Life-course, and How Happiness Works. Best-known works is probably his empirical study of hedonic adaptation, written with Andrew Oswald (published in 2008) in the Journal of Public Economics, the study provides one of the first longitudinal evidence that humans have the ability to bounce back from serious negative life events such as severe disability. Studies which have been published in journals including Social Science & Medicine, Economica, and the Journal of Economic Psychology. Known for his work in using wellbeing data to calculate the shadow prices of various non-market goods, including the values of friendships and the prices of health problems, as well as for his work in experimental and behavioural economics, including his experimental work that shows that happier people tend to be less judgmental of other people’s selfish behaviours. His research on wellbeing has, for the last ten years, been very well-received in the media, including citations in the Economist, theNew York Times and the Financial Times.
2017 Distinguished QOL Research Award: Daniel Shek
(PhD, FHKPS, BBS, SBS, JP); Associate Vice President (Undergraduate Programme) and Chair Professor of Applied Social Sciences at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Advisory Professor of East China Normal University Honorary Professor of Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau Adjunct Professor of University of Kentucky College of Medicine; Fellow of the Hong Kong Psychological Society; Awarded the Bronze Award (Ethical Leadership) and the Bronze Award (Social Enterprise) in the QS Reimagine Education Awards 201; Has to date published 144 books, 394 book chapters and more than 650 articles in international refereed journals. Chief Editor of Journal of Youth Studies and Applied Research in Quality of Life; Series Editor of Quality of Life in Asiapublished by Springer; Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Family Studiespublished by Wiley-Blackwell; Editorial Advisor of The British Journal of Social Work; Editorial Board member of many journals, including Social Indicators Research and Journal of Adolescent Health; Psychologist with research interests in positive youth development, family processes, scale development, quality of life, program evaluation, addiction and spirituality. In the past decade, he has been leading a research project entitled “P.A.T.H.S. to Adulthood: A Jockey Club Youth Enhancement Scheme” (Project P.A.T.H.S.); Chairman of the Action Committee against Narcotics (2009-2014); Chairman of the Family Council, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star and Silver Bauhinia Star by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 and 2013
2017 Best ARQOL Paper Award
Transformational Growth and Poverty: An Evolutionary Approach for Inter-Country and Inter-Temporal Comparisons of Poverty Incidence
Author: Enrique Delamonica
2016 Distinguished QOL Research Award (presented at 2017 ceremony): Valerie Moller
Valerie pioneered the first quality of life (QoL) and social indicators studies in South Africa in the late 1970s. Her publications over a period of almost four decades cover many different aspects of QoL, based mainly on her own empirical research. Valerie hosted the first ISQOLS (2006) conference to be held on the African continent. She is an ISQOLS Research Fellow and served as its President during 2007-8. Her current research addresses the challenge of making Africa a happier continent. Read more about Valerie here.
The ISQOLS Awards 2016 presented at the awards ceremony in Seoul, South Korea were:
Betterment for the Human Condition Award: Halloran Philanthropies
For Substantial Contributions to the Use of Quality of Life Research in Developing and Implementing Programs to Enhance Human Well-Being Worldwide
- Harry and Kay Halloran, founders and chairs of Halloran Philanthropy
- Joseph "Tony" Carr, President, Halloran Philanthropies
- Audrey Selian, Senior Development Officer, Halloran Philanthropies
Distinguished Service Award: Graciela Tonon
Distinguished Service Award: Rhonda Phillips
Research Fellow Award: Prof. Jan Delhey
Applied Research in Quality of Life Best Paper Award of 2015 "Well-Being Distribution in the Globalization Era: 30 Years of Convergence, Vol 10(1), 123-140." Vanesa Jordá, José María Sarabia
To see other past winners, visit:
- Distinguished QOL Researcher Award
- Distinguished Service Award
- Research Fellow Award
- Best Dissertation Award
- Best Annual ARQOL Award
- Best Annual SIR Paper Award
- Best Annual JOHS Paper Award
- Best Annual JMM/QOL Paper Award
- Award for the Betterment of the Human Condition