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September 28, 2016

Call for Papers IARIW-BOK Conference on “Beyond GDP: Past Experiences and Future Challenges in the Measurement of Economic Well-being,” April 26-28, 2017, Seoul, Korea

Call for Papers: IARIW-BOK Conference on “Beyond GDP: Past Experiences and Future Challenges in the Measurement of Economic Well-being,” April 26-28, 2017, Seoul, Korea

The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) and the Bank of Korea invite submissions for an international conference entitled “Beyond GDP: Past Experiences and Future Challenges in the Measurement of Economic Well-being” that will take place in Seoul, Korea April 26-28, 2017. The objective of this conference is to advance the  debate on the measurement of economic well-being measurement, both at the macro and micro levels, through an examination of past experiences and the identification of future challenges.

Papers are invited that contribute to a discussion of the following issues, among others:

  • Do objective and subjective indicators of well-being show the same patterns across groups and over time and if not, what can account for these differences?
  • Should the measurement of well-being be based on the extension of the SNA or are other approaches needed? If the former path forward is more appropriate what SNA-based enhancements would provide useful information on well-being developments?
  • How can income and wealth inequality considerations be best integrated into well- being measurement?
  • How can well-being metrics and frameworks capture challenges to the sustainability of living standards from, for example, an ageing population, and to the sustainability of ecosystems from greenhouse gases?
  • What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of composite measures of well-being versus dashboards of indicators in shedding light on well-being trends or cross-national differences?
  • Can statistical sources at the individual or household level (sample surveys, administrative archives) cope with the challenges posed by the collection of diverse data on the multiple dimensions of well-being (income, health, social connections, etc.)?
  • What are the conceptual issues raised by multidimensional measurement of well-being? Which solutions have been adopted in the past about the selection and weighting of dimensions, the indicator metrics, and statistical indices?
  • What are the implications for policy-making of shifting the focus from GDP to alternative measures of well-being? Does this raise new challenges in terms of communication to the general public?

A program committee chaired by Andrea Brandolini (Bank of Italy) and composed of experts in the well-being research area and oversee the development of the conference program.  The other members of the committee are Sabina Alkire (George Washington University and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative), Albert Braakmann (Federal Statistical Office of Germany), Teakyoung Cho (Bank of Korea), Hyunbae Chun (Sogang University), Andrew Clark (Paris School of Economics), Martine Durand, (OECD), and Lars Osberg (Dalhousie University).

The IARIW will provide financial assistance to paper givers on a needs basis. Selected papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of the Review of Income and Wealth.

Persons interested in presenting a paper at the conference are asked to submit a proposal of less than 1,000 words at http://iariw.org/paper_submission2017korea.php. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2016.

Additional information on the conference can be found at www.iariw.org/proposalkorea2017 or by contacting IARIW Executive Director Andrew Sharpe at info@iariw.org


September 22, 2016

New Good Life Index: free access

New Good Life Index: free access

Dear ISQOLS members,

we have published a new research article in World Development which can be accessed for free:

Jan Delhey & Leonie C. Steckermeier (2016): The Good Life, Affluence and Self-reported Happiness: Introducing the Good Life Index and Debunking Two Popular Myths


  • We propose an individual level Good Life Index, based on Skidelsky and Skidelsky (2013).
  • This GLI covers health, security, friendship, respect, leisure, and self-development.
  • Using data from the 2012 EQLS we test and falsify two major claims of the theory.
  • Europeans’ quality of life is enhanced by national affluence.
  • The basic goods exert a positive influence on subjective well-being.



Anyone who clicks on the link will be taken to the final version of our article on ScienceDirect for free. No sign up or registration is needed – just click and read! Please note that the link is valid until October 15, 2016.

September 11, 2016

ARQOL: Call for Papers for a Special Conference Issue

Applied Research in Quality of Life (ARQOL):  Call for Papers for a Special Conference Issue

A publishing opportunity for participants in the 2016 ISQOLS Conference (“Bridging quality-of-life experiences from East to West”)

Applied Research in Quality of Life is the official Journal of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (www.isqols.org).

Special issue(s) of ARQOL will be compiled from papers presented at the 2016 ISQOLS conference. The conference theme is “Bridging quality-of-life experiences from East to West”. While special issue(s) will represent papers from across disciplines and perspectives, it is anticipated that the conference theme will be addressed when possible.

1.    If enough papers from the conference are submitted, ARQOL will create a special issue based on the conference papers.

2.    If colleagues are interested, they can propose special issues based on conference papers.

To submit your paper, follow the online instructions at http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/wellbeing+%26+quality-of-life/journal/11482. When submitting your paper, note that it is for the 2016 ISQOLS Conference Issue. For more information on the conference issue, contact any of the 2016 Conference Committee members, or Daniel Shek (daniel.shek@polyu.edu.hk) Editor. Instructions for publishing a special issue in ARQOL can be seen below.

If you would like to instead organize your own special issue for ARQOL, please see the following instructions:

Instructions to Prepare a Special Issue for Applied Research in Quality of Life


  1. Colleagues who are interested to publish a special issue of Applied Research in Quality of Life should send a Special Issue proposal to the Editor-in-Chief. The proposal should contain the following information:
  • A brief introduction about the Guest Editor(s) and the related CV(s)
  • Scope and objectives of the Special Issue
  • Proposed papers in the Special Issue
  • Proposed time line


  1. Once approval is given by the Editor-in-Chief, the Guest Editor(s) may start inviting submission for the Special Issue.


  1. Each paper should be reviewed by at least TWO independent referees invited by the Guest Editor(s). The Guest Editor(s) will then process the manuscripts (e.g., invitation for revision, acceptance and review …etc.) according to the review reports of the reviewers.


  1. For each paper, the author must ask a native English speaking editor to edit the English of the final version of the paper.


  1. ARQOL only publishes papers with high academic quality. As such, the Guest Editor(s) should ensure that the papers accepted should meet the international standard and they are on par with papers published in the regular issues of ARQOL.


  1. When the whole review process is completed, the Guest Editor(s) should submit the following items to the Editor-in-Chief:


  • Final version of the manuscripts
  • Reviewer reports for each paper
  • Editorial decision letters (including those for revisions and acceptance)


  1. Once the Editor-in-Chief receives the materials in #6, he will go through the materials to ensure that the Special Issue papers are of high academic quality and the papers have been processed in a professional manner. If the quality assurance process suggests that the Special Issue has been professionally prepared and the papers are of high academic quality, the Editor-in-Chief will accept the Special Issue for publication and inform the authors accordingly.







Read the ISQOLS Seoul Conference Re-cap

The 2016 ISQOLS Annual Conference in Seoul, South Korea (Aug 25-27) was a huge success! Read all about it here

Check out the ISQOLS Facebook page to view the entire photo album

June 24, 2016

ARQOL Impact Factor

The Impact Factor of ARQOL in 2015 was 0.894
(compared to 0.818 in 2014). Its ranking was 45/93 in the category “Social Sciences Interdisciplinary” (Q2).

I wish to thank you for your contribution to ARQOL and I look forward to relying on your expert reviews in future.

On the occasion of the 2015 impact factor release, we would like to thank you for your hard work and dedication to Applied Research in Quality of Life.

As you may have already heard, the 2015 impact factor is 0.894(Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports® 2016) and for the last 3 years Applied Research in Quality of Life has seen the following impact factor trend:

Year Impact Factor Citations*
2015 0.894 302
2014 0.818 193
2013 0.642 141
Of course, the impact factor is just one measure of the health of a journal; should you be interested in more information on alternative metrics that have developed over the past years, please find an overview here.
We would like to explicitly express our gratitude to you, the entire Board, reviewers and all those who contribute to this journal for their valued commitment. Please pass on our sincere thanks as well as this message to your colleagues.

May 27, 2016

Human Needs: Overview Entry Published Open Access

A member of ISQLS, Michael A. Dover, a social worker and sociologist at Cleveland State University, has published Human needs: Overview, as an open access entry in the Encyclopedia of Social Work (Online edition), Edited by Cynthia Franklin. New York: Oxford University Press and National Association of Social Workers. It is available via a search for Human Needs Overview, Encyclopedia of Social Work. This 14,000 word peer-reviewed entry provides a comprehensive overview of theories of human need. Following an introduction, the entry includes sections on: History of Theories of Human Need in Social Work (Charlotte Towle; David Gil); Needs Theory in Social Work’s Interdisciplinary Foundation; The theory of human need (Doyal and Gough, THN); Self-Determination Theory (Deci and Ryan, SDT); Comparing SDT and THN; Conceptual Issues for theorizing human need in relation to human well-being, subjective and objective quality of life, human spirituality, wants and desires, postmodernist critiques, universality or relativity, harm, strengths/deficits, capabilities; Human needs and social work education, policy, practice, activism, and ethics; Relationship of needs, rights, and justice; future directions.

Human Needs: Annotated Bibliography Published

A member of ISQOLS, Michael A. Dover, a social worker and sociologist at Cleveland State University, has published Human Needs, a 15,000 word annotated bibliography appearing in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Social Work, Edward Mullen, editor. New York: Oxford University Press, April 1, 2016. This entry is a substantial update of the author’s 2010 entry in the same publication.

March 31, 2016

Introducing ISQOLS Discussion Groups & Group Director Positions!




Please visit this link to learn more: 


ISQOLS By-laws state that our members be given opportunities to interact, coordinate, serve in leadership roles, and pursue interdisciplinary research across a variety of disciplines. To better accomplish these goals, ISQOLS has created six categorical and thematic discussion groups within the organization. These discipline-specific groups, help focus attention on specific topics and categories within Quality-of-Life studies and help define “quality-of-life” in more tangible and applicable ways.  It also helps ISQOLS move towards interdisciplinary research by encouraging members to interact with researchers from different backgrounds based upon a similar interest in a particular category.

All six Discussion Groups will be primarily facilitated online on the isqols.org website, via the online forums. Each group will be represented at the ISQOLS Annual Conferences as “program tracks” for paper and presentation submissions.



All ISQOLS Members are invited to join any Discussion Group of interest on our forums page on our website: http://www.isqols.org/forums/.

Select any group, introduce yourself, post, read, comment on the forum topics.

What to post: Any links to chapter-related articles, blogs, topics, videos, journals, etc.; Discussion posts or ideas; Any questions you have for QoL professionals or ISQOLS members; Any comments or answers to posted questions; Job postings and research opportunities; Request for feedback on personal research
What not to post: Unrelated topics, posts, articles; Unkind, unhelpful, rude comments; solicitations of any kind

Subscribe to receive updates in your inbox whenever there is an update on this forum. You can also unsubscribe any time.


Positions available: 6, one for each of the 6 ISQOLS Discussion Groups

Position duration: 2016 calendar year

Positions description:  Each of the 6 ISQOLS Discussion Group requires a Director for the annual year. The primary role of each Discussion Group Director is to facilitate his/her Discussion Group’s online presence on the isqols.org website and encourage online interaction via the group forums. Discussion Group Directors will also play a large role in paper submission process for ISQOLS Annual Conferences. (see below for details)


The title of ISQOLS Discussion Group Director

Experience in an ISQOLS leadership role

Official ISQOLS Discussion Group Director Certificate at the end of service year


1. Managing Discussion Group Forums:

• Each Discussion Group Director will be responsible for managing his/her respective group forum on the isqols.org website (http://www.isqols.org/forums/)

• Posting relevant content (articles, discussion questions, external links, job opportunities, research, blogs, etc.) at least twice per month in his/her respective Discussion Group forum on website

• Moderate the Discussion Group forums by welcoming new forum guests, responding to user posts, removing and reporting inappropriate content, ensuring all discussions are respectful and courteous

• Highlighting any specific news/items related to their Discussion Group topics.

2. Serving on Conference Scientific Committee

• Each Discussion Group Director will also asked to serve on conference scientific committees, to select appropriate papers related to their Discussion Group.

• Each Discussion Group Director will also serve as track/session chairs if they attend the conference.


• Must be a current ISQOLS Member (any and all geographical locations welcomed!)

• Must be able to show demonstrated knowledge and experience with selected discussion group, either via relevant research and/or employment


Discussion Group Director Application Procedure:


To apply for a Discussion Group Director position, please visit http://www.isqols.org/stay-connected/discussiongroups/ to complete an application form.

If you would like to nominate a fellow ISQOLS Member to serve as a Discussion Group Director, please send his/her name to office@isqols.org

March 15, 2016

*FREE REGISTRATION* for the 2016 ISQOLS Annual Conference in Seoul, Korea!

Thanks to the generous support from Korea’s co-organizers, the 2016 ISQOLS Annual Conference now has NO REGISTRATION FEE!

The following co-organizers have fully funded this conference and we look forward to welcoming you in Korea!

• Community Wellbeing Institute (Social Science Korea, National Research Foundation of Korea)

• Graduate School of Public Administration (BK21),  Seoul National University

• Global Development Foundation

• Social Science Institute, Chungbuk National University

  Join or Renew your ISQOLS membership today!

*You can also register for the conference as a “joining member”,

which will include your conference fees and ISQOLS 2016 membership fees.





Were costs keeping you from submitting a paper abstract or pre-conference workshop proposal for the 14th Annual ISQOLS Conference in Seoul, South Korea (August 25th-27th)?

Perhaps the new conference rates have changed your mind! GOOD NEWS! The paper abstract and pre-conference workshop proposals are now due APRIL 15th!


Still need travel funds?

2016 ISQOLS Annual Conference

Travel Scholarships for New Scholars!

*12 Scholarships Available*

(application deadline March 30th)


For more info: http://www.isqolsseoul2016.org/

Questions? Email: office@isqols.org

January 15, 2016

2016 ISQOLS Annual Conference Paper Abstracts and Workshop Proposals are now being accepted online!

2016 ISQOLS Annual Conference

Paper Abstracts and Workshop Proposals are now being accepted online!

January 15-March 15



Paper Abstracts and Workshop Proposals are now being accepted for the 2016 ISQOLS Annual Conference in Seoul, South Korea.  Visit the 2016 Annual Conference website for Instructions and links to the submission pages and online submission site (http://www.isqolsseoul2016.org/)

All Paper Abstracts and Workshop Proposal submissions must be submitted through the online submission website. Only electronic submissions will be considered for review.

Important Dates:

  • Paper Abstracts for Session Presentations Submission Deadline: March 15th
  • Pre-conference Workshop Proposals Submission Deadline: March 15th
  • Review Process begins March 16th 
  • Decisions Rendered: Late March/Early April 
  • Conference Registration begins March 1st
  • Presenter Confirmation Deadline: May 15th
  • Presenter Registration Deadline (All presenters must be registered): June 25th



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