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April 30, 2015

THE QUALITY OF LIFE CONFERENCE: Reminder – Abstracts due May 15

The Future of Quality of Life, ISQOLS 2015

October 15-17

Phoenix, Arizona

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The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) (www.isqols.org) along with our co-host Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation (www. https://lodestar.asu.edu/) invite researchers from all disciplines, policy makers and practitioners from across the globe to participate in the 2015 Quality of Life Conference “The Future of Quality of Life.” We invite you to join an exciting convening of quality of life thinkers October 15 – 17, 2015 in exciting Phoenix, Arizona. Join us as we explore ideas, new approaches, and innovative thinking about dimensions of quality of life that impact us all. The Sonoran Desert environment is a stunning place to convene, and symbolic of many issues facing areas around the world – immigration and inclusion, climate change and issues of resources, rapid urbanization and fascinating cultures intersecting in one of the US’s largest cities. See more details about the topics, sessions, fees, and publication opportunities with ISQOLS’s journal and book series at www.isqols.org.


ISQOLS is a multidisciplinary society encouraging the pursuit of quality of life studies and application. This international group convenes regularly to share ideas and findings, and actively supports the dissemination of findings and thoughts via its journal and newsletter, Applied Research in Quality of Life, and Social Indicators Network News as well as its allied publications (seewww.isqols.org/resources/publications ). We encourage scholars and practitioners from all disciplines and perspectives to join us to promote quality of life globally via research, policy, and partnerships.


Conference Theme and Topics:

Our theme is “The Future of Quality of Life” and we welcome papers from all related disciplines. Submissions on issues of quality of life, well-being, happiness and any dimension of quality of life are welcome. Are we in the best of times, or entering an age of intolerance? What about the impacts of longevity or climate change? What are the implications for quality of life?

Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations

  • Foundations for quality of life and happiness
  • Views on quality of life in new philosophical approaches (e.g., capability approach, new realism)
  • New impacts of neurosciences and behavioral sciences on quality of life
  • Preservation of living conditions and intergenerational justice
  • Art and Culture: Philosophy, Experience and Quality of Life

Empirical Applications

  • Causes and consequences in happiness and quality of life
  • Social indicators – instruments for the improvement and preservation of quality of life
  • Living conditions, life domains, and quality of life over the life cycle

Methods, Measurement and Assessments

  • Statistical methods and multidimensional applications for measurement of quality of life
  • New survey methods for the measurement of happiness and quality of life
  • Qualitative methods to study quality of life
  • Databases, techniques, and sources

Place-based and Global Quality of Life

  • Quality of life in the local and regional environment including community well-being, planning, and development
  • Trends in poverty, inequality and the distribution of living conditions in cross-national perspectives
  • Global and regional impacts (increasing world population, global economics, climate change, limits of resources, immigration, border conflicts) on the distribution of living conditions within and between countries

Current Issues

  • Topics of special interest include, but are not limited to, social intolerance and justice, sustainability and resilience, employment, community, immigration, history of well-being, as well as the meaning of quality of life in the future.
  • Enhancing quality of life – the role of philanthropy, public, private and social sectors
  • Beyond Gross Domestic Product – review of debates and agenda for action
  • Applications and approaches for improving living conditions


How to Submit Your Proposal or Session

Please submit your proposed abstract of approximately 200 words with a list of 3-5 keywords using the online submission site at www.isqols.org/call-for-papers-submission-form/. If you intend to organize a session, please indicate on the form. For sessions submit a 500 word proposal along with a list of potential papers. All submitted abstracts and session proposals will be reviewed by the ISQOLS members organizing the conference. There will be opportunities to submit your paper for publication consideration in a special issue of our journal as well as book volumes in our series with Springer.


Important Dates:

Conference Date: October 15-17, 2015

Submission of Abstracts: April 1 – May 15, 2015

Announcement of Acceptance: May 30, 2015

Registration Opens: May 15, 2015


Visiting Phoenix and Arizona:

Phoenix Skyharbor International Airport provides direct service and connections from numerous cities, with light rail connections to our conference venue. The Renaissance Hotel is located in vibrant downtown Phoenix offering plenty of choices in restaurants and cultural venues.


Secure your hotel registration now via: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/ISQ2015



2015 Quality of Life Conference Committee:

Ron Anderson, University of Minnesota

Andrew Clark, Paris School of Economics

Scott Cloutier, Arizona State University

Patsy Kraeger, Arizona State University

Kai Ludwigs, Happiness Research Organization

Ruut Veenhoven, Erasmus University Rotterdam


International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) Executive Committee:

Rhonda Phillips, President (USA)
Mariano Rojas, President Elect (Mexico)
Denis Huschka, Executive Director (Germany)
Robert Cummins (Australia), Richard Estes (US), Wolfgang Glatzer (Germany)
Filomena Maggino (Italy), Valerie Moller (South Africa), Past Presidents
Ferran Casas , Vice President of Professional Affairs (Spain)
Andrew Clark, Vice President Finance (France)
Peter Krause, Vice President of Programs (Germany)
Don Rahtz, Vice President of Publications (US)
Jose de Jesus Garcia Vega, Co-Vice President of Publicity/Membership (Mexico)
Graciela Tonon, Vice President of External Affairs (Argentina)
Ming-Chang Tsai, Co-Vice President of Publicity/Membership (Taiwan)
Giampaolo Nuvolati, Vice President of Academic Affairs (Italy)
Joseph Sirgy, Co-Vice President of Development (USA)
Richard Estes, Co-Vice President of Development (USA)




Submit your paper abstract at: www.isqols.org/call-for-paper-submission-form/

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