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June 26, 2015

Recent articles published in Psychology of Well-Being

Editorial for “Music and Well-Being” special issue of PWB
Nikki S Rickard

Beyond positive and negative trait affect: Flourishing through music engagement
TanChyuan Chin, Nikki S Rickard

An exploratory study of the impact of group singing activities on lucidity, energy, focus, mood and relaxation for
persons with dementia and their caregivers
Jane W Davidson, Renita A Almeida

Social Indicators Research, Vol. 122, Issue 3

Social Indicators Research, Volume 122 Number 3 is now available online (ToC).

Social Indicators Research Series, Vol. 58

Social Indicators Research Series, Volume 58: Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Retrospect

by Nathan Andrews, Nene Ernest Khalema, N’Dri T. Assié-Lumumba is now available online.

June 10, 2015

Quality of Life Research, Vol. 24, Issue 6

Quality of Life Research, Volume 24 Number 6 is now available online (ToC).

Community Indicators: Impact Summit 2015

The 2015 Impact Summit is the premier gathering for those involved in the field of community measurement.

We invite community-based practitioners, academic experts, engaged community residents, public officials, students, civic leaders, planners, media professionals and other stakeholders to learn from one another and participate in this active global learning experience.

The Summit will highlight successes, tools and impact on how to use data to build equitable communities, with a variety of presentations and workshops ranging from  basic tools and start-up practices in the indicators trade to advanced and leading-edge practices and processes and responses to challenging questions cross-cutting the field as a whole. Presentations are grouped to highlight specific subjects, such as Community Development and Housing, Education, Health, Sustainability, as well as the more general Cross-cutting category.

Measure:  Tools, practices, and technologies to collect meaningful data
Connect:  Weaving stories out of data: how to successfully engage the public and decision-makers, using tools such as storytelling, data visualization, social media, mapping, etc.
Impact: Practices and case studies that have led to demonstrable improvements in community conditions
Reflect:  Building internal organizational resilience and financial sustainability to be externally impactful

Registration is now open for the 2015 CIC Impact Summit ,November 9 & 10 in Austin, TX.

June 4, 2015

Child Indicators Research, Vol. 8, Issue 2

Child Indicators Research, Volume 8 Number 2 is now available online (ToC).

New Springer Books in June

Social Sciences, Quality of Life Research

Evidence-Based Approaches in Positive Education
Book Series: Positive Education
Editor/s: White PhD, Mathew A.; Murray, A. Simon

Time Policies for a Sustainable Society
Book Series: SpringerBriefs in Political Science Reisch, Lucia A.

Social Sciences (general)

Responsible Innovation 2
Editor/s: Koops, Bert-Jaap; Oosterlaken, Ilse; Romijn, Henny; Swierstra, Tsjalling; van den Hoven, Marcel Jeroen

Understanding and Managing Urban Water in Transition
Book Series: Global Issues in Water Policy, Vol. 15
Editor/s: Grafton, Quentin; Daniell, Katherine A.; Nauges, Céline; Rinaudo, Jean-Daniel; Chan, Noel Wai Wah

Applied Research in Quality of Life, Vol. 10, Issue 2

Applied Research in Quality of Life, Volume 10 Number 2 is now available online (ToC).

May 21, 2015

Barcelona Summer School in Survey Methodology

We would like to inform you that registration for the second edition of the Barcelona Summer School in Survey Methodology is possible till June 8th.

The school, organized by the Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology (RECSM) of the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain), will be held from 29 June to 10 July, 2015 and comprises 8 courses of 10 hours each.

First week (29 June – 3 July):

• Multilevel Modelling I, Introductory
(Instructors: Leonardo Grilli and Carla Rampichini);

• Multilevel Modelling II, Advanced
(Instructors: Leonardo Grilli and Carla Rampichini);

• Causal inference in non-experimental research using Structural Equation Modelling
(Instructor: Melanie Revilla);

• Structural equation modeling in longitudinal research
(Instructor: Yves Rosseel).

Second week (6 July – 10 July):

• Latent Class Analysis I (Introduction to Latent Class Cluster Analysis)
(Instructors: Jeroen K. Vermunt, and Margot Sijssens-Bennink);

• Latent Class Analysis II (Latent Class Models for Multilevel and Longitudinal Data)
(Instructors: Jeroen K. Vermunt, and Margot Sijssens-Bennink);

• Advanced Linear Regression. Thinking Carefully About Regression Models
(Instructor: Levente Littvay);

• Implementing high-quality web surveys
(Instructor: Mario Callegaro).

The location of the courses will be the Ciutadella Campus located close to the beachfront and the centric and historical area of Born.

Students can select one or more courses to enrol in. The language of instruction for the courses will be English.


Call for Papers – Special Issue in Social Indicators Research: Vocational Experiences and Quality of Life of Migrants

Call for Papers – Special Issue in Social Indicators Research: Vocational Experiences and Quality of Life of Migrants

Guest Editors

Dr. Zhou Jiang, Central Queensland University, Australia
Prof. Paul J. Gollan, London School of Economics, UK and University of Queensland, Australia
A/Prof. Fei Guo, Macquarie University, Australia
Dr. Ying Wang, University of Western Australia, Australia

Migration has become a worldwide phenomenon and is reshaping the world socioeconomically, culturally and politically. This change has also affected workforce. While globalization has been driving the movement of workforce across national boundaries, the urbanization and economic development have been facilitating the intranational mobility of workers. Migrants, both intranational and international, are confronted with unexpected challenges as well as prospective opportunities while adapting to unfamiliar vocational/career contexts. These challenges and opportunities play critical roles in sustainable development of wellbeing and quality of life among migrant workers.

Investigating these phenomena will not only enrich our understanding of migrants’ work and career in an increasingly dynamic global work context, but will also generate new perspectives about how socioeconomic, cultural, political, environmental, and individual forces interplay to affect migrants’ vocational/career experiences and subsequently sustain and improve their quality of life.

This special issue aims to advance our knowledge of quality of life among migrant populations from theoretical, conceptual, and empirical perspectives. We are interested in submissions that address the broad areas of wellbeing and quality of life as a result of migrants’ vocational movement and career development. Submissions may focus on any aspects in relation to migrants’ vocational experiences to explore, evaluate, examine, explain, and theorize the issues concerning sustainable wellbeing and quality of life. We welcome multidisciplinary approaches such as sociology, economics, psychology, management, political science, and relevant others, to address migrants’ vocational and life issues from a wide range of perspectives.

We are particularly interested in studies that tap the below areas:

  • Investigation of the quality of life status among migrants from one or more particular cultural groups
  • Impacts of vocational/career contexts, shaped in social, cultural, and economic processes, on sustainable wellbeing of migrants
  • Exploration of the psychological processes through which career experiences shape migrants’ subjective wellbeing
  • Validation of existing, or development of new, measures of quality of life, subjective wellbeing, life satisfaction, and other relevant variables that specifically apply to one or more demographic groups of migrants, and link them to vocational/career related antecedents
  • Development of new theories to understand the unique composition of migrants’ wellbeing and quality of life, taking into account of vocational issues
  • Examination of vocational/workplace issues facing migrants and their impacts on various aspects of wellbeing and quality of life
  • Exploration of human resource practices promoting or hindering migrants’ career development and the impact of these practices on migrants’ wellbeing at work and in life
  • Understanding of the vocational environments facing minority groups of migrants (e.g., ethnical minority groups, migrants with disability etc.) and the strategies to enhance their quality of life through workplace interventions
  • Comparisons of the above areas between intranational and international migrants within the same cultural group, between different cultural groups of intranational migrants, or between different cultural groups of international migrants

However, submissions are not limited to these areas. We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers that enhance our understanding of the complex social reality that explains the linkage between migrants’ vocational development and their quality of life, by addressing any of the above topic areas and/or the associated themes. While we strongly encourage submissions to utilize quantitative or mixed methods, pure qualitative papers that offer innovative insights will also be considered.

Submission Process and Deadline

• Interested authors should express their interest by submitting the title and abstract to the guest editors at by December 15, 2015.
• The guest editors will then evaluate and select potential contributors and invite them to submit the full manuscript.
• Authors invited for full manuscript submission should follow the “Instructions for Authors” on the official website of Social Indicators Research ( to prepare manuscripts.
• Invited full manuscripts should be submitted via the online submission system of Social Indicators Research: by March 15, 2016.
• Upon submission, the corresponding article type for this special issue (e.g., “Vocational Experiences and Quality of Life of Migrants”) should be selected.
• Enquiries can be addressed to Dr. Zhou Jiang ( or to

All submissions will be subject to a double-blind peer review in accordance with the guidelines of Social Indicators Research. Manuscripts will first be reviewed and assessed by the guest editors for general suitability for the special issue. Suitable manuscripts will be sent to external reviewers for further examination. Upon the completion of external peer review, authors will receive comments from the reviewers and guest editors. Selected manuscripts will be invited for revisions based on reviewers’ comments. Revised manuscripts will be further examined by external reviewers and the guest editors before a final decision is made.

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