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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 2018 ISQOLS Awards presented in Hong Kong:


2018 Research Fellow Award: Ming-Chang-Tsai

Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook
Dean of College of Social Sciences, National Taipei University
Research Fellow and Executive Director, Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies, Academia Sinica


2018 Research Fellow Award: Birger Poppel

M.A. in Economics
Project Chief, SLiCA, Emeritus, University of Greenland
Former Chief Statistician, Statistics Greenland (1989-2004)
Pioneer in Greenlandic and Arctic Quality of Life Research focusing on Arctic indigenous peoples
2017: Elected member of the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research


2018 Young Scholar Award: Mohsen Joshanloo 

Ph.D. in Psychology (Victoria University of Wellington)
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Keimyung University, South Korea


2018 Best Annual Journal of Macromarketing (JMM) QOL Section Paper Award
“Tourism as catalyst for quality of life in transitioning subsistence marketplaces: Perspectives from Ha Long, Vietnam.”
Authors: Nguyen Thi Tuyet, Don R. Rahtz, and Clifford J. Shultz II

(2014). Journal of Macromarketing, 34(1), 28-44


2018 Best Annual Applied Research in Quality of Life (ARQOL) Paper Award
Well-Being During Recession in the UK” 

Authors: David Bayliss, Wendy Olsen, Pierre Walthery

Applied Research Quality Life (2017) 12:369–387


2018 Award for the Betterment of the Human Condition
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The 2017 ISQOLS Awards presented in Innsbruck, Austria:

2017 Betterment for the Human Condition Award:


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2017 Research Fellow AwardStefan 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 AssetThe 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 & MedicineEconomica, 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

Halloran Philanthropies

Halloran Philanthropies

  • Harry and Kay Halloran, founders and chairs of Halloran Philanthropy
  • Joseph "Tony" Carr, President, Halloran Philanthropies
  • Audrey Selian, Senior Development Officer, Halloran Philanthropies



Rhonda Phillips and Graciela Tonon

Rhonda Phillips and Graciela Tonon



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


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