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August 14, 2018

2018 Impact Summit, September 17 & 18

If you use data to improve community conditions, join us Sept. 17 & 18 in Minneapolis at the 2018 Impact Summit. Our focus is on making data accessible, credible and actionable with and for the community.  The 2018 Impact Summit boasts some of the field’s most influential presenters, panels and interactive workshops in a forum designed to be conducive to the sharing of ideas, learning of new concepts and meeting new connections. Concurrent tracks will discuss Data tools, Data to action, Measuring, Engaging the community, Sustaining your work.
Attendees are program managers, data analysts, communications folks, researchers and students from nonprofits and foundations, research institutions and consulting firms, government and academia.  More information: http://communityindicators.net/conferences/2018-impact-summit/

Note that we are still accepting sponsors and exhibitors as well:  http://communityindicators.net/conferences/2018-impact-summit/2018sponsors/

July 14, 2018

ISQOLS 2018 Pre-Conference & Conference Summary

The inaugural ISQOLS pre-conference site visit took place June 12th at the Social Weather Stations headquarters in Manila, Philippines and the 2018 ISQOLS Annual Conference was held at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University from June 13th-June 16th. Click here to read the summaries of these two events!


June 27, 2018

Self-knowledge by knowing others

The holding of last week’s 2018 conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies in nearby Hong Kong made it feasible for five persons from Social Weather Stations to attend. My paper (“The Social Weather Reports of economic well-being in the Philippines”) was about the SWS surveys, but my colleagues all used the World Values Survey (WVS), on topics of their personal interest, different from their office assignments.

The 2010-14 wave of the WVS, of which SWS is a member, was done in 60 countries. SWS fielded it in the Philippines in 2012. The WVS waves have very lengthy, multi-topic questionnaires, and are stand-alone projects; their data are freely open to researchers (www.worldvaluessurvey.org).

For me, the value of cross-country surveys is not so much learning more about other nationalities of the world, as understanding us Filipinos in particular, by discovering our similarities to and differences from others. One should not presume to know these things from introspection alone. One should rely on data.

We Filipinos have relatively few social biases. Relatively few Filipinos dislike having neighbors who are: of a different language (31 percent), homosexuals (28), of a different race (22), unmarried couples living together (22), of a different religion (16), or immigrants (14). The three groups we dislike as neighbors are: drug addicts (96), people with AIDS (75), and heavy drinkers (69).

In contrast are Malaysians, who dislike six of the above as neighbors: drug addicts (74), heavy drinkers (68), immigrants (60), people with AIDS (60), homosexuals (59), and unmarried couples living together (52).

We have a relatively low regard for other religions. We mostly-Christian Filipinos agree with the statement, “The only acceptable religion is my religion,” by the substantial net score of +34. In this we are similar to the mostly-Muslim Malaysians (net +37).

On the other hand, the mostly-Hindu Indians (net +2) and the mostly-Buddhist Thais (net -3) are evenly divided. All other Asians deny that other religions are unacceptable: Japanese (net -27), Chinese (net -33), Singaporeans (net -50), Koreans (net

-52), and Taiwanese (net -69).

Interestingly, Mexicans (net -17) are more tolerant than we are, and Spaniards (net -45) are even more tolerant. Religious tolerance developed differently in the Philippines, Mexico and Spain, despite the trio’s historical Christian connection.

58 percent of Filipinos are interested in politics. That is above the 44 percent of Malaysians but below the 75 percent of Thais.

Fewer Filipinos than Thais have ever joined or might someday join in signing a petition, in attending a peaceful demonstration, in a boycott, and in a strike.

Filipinos are the only Asians that feel that respect for the elderly continues. The Philippines has the most youthful population in Asia, with only 8 percent aged 60+ (versus 33 in Japan). On the statement, “older people are not much respected these days,” all Asians agree, most of all Japanese (net +48) and South Koreans (net +64). Filipinos are the only ones that disagree (net -15).

Many more discoveries are possible.  Survey data don’t get depleted from use.

The SWS staff at ISQOLS were: Vladymir Licudine, “Exploring the Effects of Religion and Religiosity on Social Acceptance in Asian Nations”; Christine Torres, “Religious Tolerance among Selected Asian and Western Countries”; Michael Entoma, “Interest in Politics and Political Participation in the Philippines and Southeast Asia”; and Sheena Sabio, “Perceptions of the Elderly: Variations among Southeast and East Asian Countries.”

Contact mahar.mangahas@sws.org.ph.

June 6, 2018

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


Call for Papers for a Special Conference Issue


A publishing opportunity for participants in the 2018 ISQOLS Conference (“Promotion of Quality of Life in the Changing World”)


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 2018 ISQOLS conference. The conference theme is “Promotion of Quality of Life in the Changing World”. While special issue(s) will represent papers from across disciplines and perspectives, it is anticipated that the conference theme will be addressed as far as possible. To submit, follow the attached online instructions at (please add). When submitting your paper, please note that it is for the 2018 ISQOLS Conference Issue. For more information on the special issue for the conference, please contact Daniel Shek, Editor-in-Chief (daniel.shek@polyu.edu.hk). If you are interested in guest editing a special issue for the 2018 ISQOLS Conference based on a particular theme, please note the Instructions for publishing a special issue in ARQOL.



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:


  1. A brief introduction about the Guest Editor(s) and the related CV(s)
  2. Scope and objectives of the Special Issue
  3. Proposed papers in the Special Issue
  4. 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:


  1. Final version of the manuscripts
  2. Reviewer reports for each paper
  3. 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.


  1. In 2018, the expected length of an issue is 268 pages with 14 articles (word count for each page is around 525 words). As such, the expected length of a paper is around 10,000 words. In case the number of papers is not enough, the related papers will be published as a Special Section of an issue.




The National University of Singapore (NUS) is a leading university centred in Asia. It has consistently ranked among the top 30 universities in the world, and is ranked first among the universities of Asia (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2017). The Department of Social Work is one of the oldest Departments in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), which hosts 16 Departments with a wide range of academic offerings in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Asian Studies and Language Studies. In this multi-disciplinary setting in Singapore’s flagship university, the Department of Social Work offers ample opportunities for cutting-edge curriculum and research initiatives on contemporary social work, social development and cultural diversity. The Department has a strong focus on practice and practice-based research and produces graduates who rise to be leaders in social services and social policy.
The Department seeks faculty members who can teach social work practice and have expertise in the areas of Family Social Work, Social Policy, Disability, Group and Community Work, Human Service Planning and Administration (Indirect Practice), Corrections and Rehabilitation, especially those who are keen to develop expertise in the practice frameworks and crosscultural issues relevant to the Asian region.
We invite applications for the following faculty positions:
Tenure Track
• Associate Professor
• Assistant Professor
Educator Track
• Lecturer/Senior Lecturer
We offer a competitive remuneration package, including housing and travel benefits.
Applicants for the positions must
i. Have a PhD in Social Work,
ii. Have an internationally reputed publication record, and
iii. Demonstrate an interest and ability to teach foundation and direct practice courses as well
as contribute to research and scholarship in these areas.
Applicants with a minimum of 5 years of practice experience after Bachelor’s degree (BSW) or
Master’s degree (MSW) in Social Work are preferred.
Evaluation of applications will begin after August 2018 and continue until the vacancies are
filled. Please submit: your full curriculum vitae; statements of teaching, practice, and research;
five key publications; student feedback in the last two years; and arrange for at least three
letters of reference from academic referees to be sent directly to the address below.
All documents and enquiries are to be sent to:
Ms Boo Chui Ngoh
Department of Social Work
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Blk AS3, Level 4, 3 Arts Link
Singapore 117570
Tel: (65) 6516 4472
Fax: (65) 6778 1213
Email: swkbcn@nus.edu.sg
Website: http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/swk

April 30, 2018

In memory of influential ISQOLS member, Wolfgang Zapf


One of the earliest and most influential members of our Society, Wolfgang Zapf, has passed away following a long illness.

Wolfgang Zapf was the founder of social indicators research in Germany and he conceived it as the combination of monitoring of social change and measurement of quality of life. Early in the 1970’s when he first became interested in social reporting and quality of life research, Zapf invented the German welfare surveys, he promoted
welfare research and contributed significantly to the promising sociological approach of social monitoring. One of his colleagues remarked to Wolfgang Zapf - and many would agree: “We are grateful to you, a person with an unusual mixture of clearness, modesty and irony”. In recognition for his groundbreaking and pioneering work in
the field of social indicators and quality of life research, Wolfgang Zapf received the highest honor of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies in 2004, the Distinguished Quality of Life Researcher Award.
He was featured as one of the Society’s pioneers in a past issue of ARQOLS. Please click on the link below to read the article:
Wolfgang Zapf—Pioneer of Social Indicators- and Quality of Life-Research by Wolfgang Glatzer

April 13, 2018



Wednesday 5 - Friday 7 September, 2018

Wellington, New Zealand

Hosted by Victoria University of Wellington, the New Zealand Treasury and theInternational Journal of Wellbeing

Venue: Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus (Rutherford House) and the New Zealand Parliament Buildings (the Beehive).

About the conference

This third in the series of international conferences on Wellbeing and Public Policy will (1) critically evaluate the rapidly expanding field of wellbeing research across a range of disciplines; (2) share the work of leading international organisations; and (3) distil ideas and practices which will aid governments in developing a wellbeing approach to public policy.

The first in this series of conferences was held in Wellington in July 2012 (for a review seehere). The second conference was held at Hamilton College, New York in 2014 (for a review seehere). This third in the series will bring together leading scholars on wellbeing, speakers from several international organisations and senior practitioners with experience in applying wellbeing principles to public policy.

The conference will provide extensive opportunity for participants to network and gain exposure to the latest theoretical, empirical and policy related ideas on wellbeing.  As such we are open to a variety of disciplines and methodologies. To enhance participants’ experience, collaboration and networking opportunities, a social activity is expected to follow the conference on Saturday, 8 September.

Our four plenary speakers include Edward Diener (the University of Utah and the University of Virginia, USA), Martijn Burger (Director, Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization, the Netherlands), Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (University of Oxford, United Kingdom) and Carla Anne Houkamau (the University of Auckland). Ministers and senior officials from the New Zealand Government will participate in the conference as will members of leading international organisations, including the OECD.

Conference themes

  1. Wellbeing and inequality
  2. Culture, indigeneity and wellbeing (incorporating Māori wellbeing)
  3. Wellbeing, hope and perceptions of the future
  4. Sustainability, capital stocks and wellbeing
  5. Children’s wellbeing
  6. Wellbeing, utilitarianism and the capabilities approach
  7. Technology and wellbeing
  8. Wellbeing - cause or effect?
  9. Wellbeing: policy and practice

Submit an abstract

Submission should include author’s full name and affiliation, paper’s title and a short abstract - no longer than 250 words.  To submit an abstract please visit the conference website here.

Timeline (2018)

  1. Monday 30th April: Abstracts due
  2. Monday 21st May: Acceptance notification by email
  3. Monday 25th June: Early bird registration due
  4. Monday 30th July: Full registration due
  5. Wednesday 5th  - 7th September: Day registration

Publication opportunities

The International Journal of Wellbeing regularly publishes high-quality articles on wellbeing and public policy. Presenters at the conference are strongly encouraged to submit their papers to the journal. A substantial number of high-quality submissions will result in a special issue on wellbeing and public policy.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Wellington!

Wellington is New Zealand's centre of government and politics, and is also considered the country's cultural capital. Wellington enjoys high levels of innovation, diversity and creativity.Deutsche Bank named Wellington the city with the best quality of life in 2017. For more on Wellington see here.


Please email Philip.morrison@vuw.ac.nz under the subject heading WaPP3 enquiry.


Conference committee members include: Dr Philip Morrison, Professor of Human Geography, at the School of Geography,  Environment and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington; Suzy Morrissey, Office of the Chief Economic Adviser, the New Zealand Treasury; Dr Arthur Grimes, Professor at the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington, inaugural holder of the Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy and Senior Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research in Wellington; Dr Samuel Becher, Associate Professor at the School of Accounting and Commercial Law, Victoria University of Wellington;Conal Smith, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington;Dr Dan Weijers, Philosophy, School of Social Sciences, Waikato University; and Dr Aaron Jarden, Senior Research Fellow at Flinders University and Head of Research at the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre at the South Australia Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

General conference questions? Email wapp3@confer.co.nz

Event website: http://www.confer.nz/wellbeingandpublicpolicy2018/

March 23, 2018

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS for The Research Handbook on Community Development



Contracted with Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd. (UK), www.e-elgar.com, The Handbook will present community development research as well as practice applications. This edited volume with all new material is planned at 24 – 26 chapters of original work focused on presenting both traditional as well as emerging research approaches for gauging community development processes, outcomes, and impacts at the local and regional levels. Chapter authors are invited from around the globe, providing a variety of techniques, practices, and perspectives.


There are three major parts to the volume: Part I, foundations (theoretical basis of community development including from sociological, economic, and ecological perspectives, along with introduction and overview of research approaches). Part II is research methods and frameworks (applications in community development) - proposals are sought on a wide range of applications, such as regional assessment, community indicators, ecological or sociological constructs, economic techniques, information and other technologies, participatory action research, etc.  In part III, emerging constructs and the future of community development research will be explored; topics around emerging technologies or perspectives are welcome.


Proposals are sought for all sections. Please submit your chapter proposal to Rhonda Phillips at: rphillips@purdue.edu. Proposals should include your proposed title, an abstract for the chapter, and your contact information, and short (½ page) biography. The format for the volume will be APA style. Anticipated publication date is in 2019. The due date for proposals is May 15, 2018 (decisions on proposals will be sent by June 1 and full chapters due by September 15, 2018). Chapter authors receive a copy of the book, once published.



March 1, 2018

Advances in Well-Being: Toward a Better World

Advances in Well-Being: Toward a Better World

Authors: Richard J. Estes and M. Joseph Sirgy

Congratulations to long-time ISQOLS members on the publication of their new book!


Media and research tend to focus on social problems in today's world - from terrorism and natural disasters to environmental degradation, conflict and economic decline. Yet many countries are also placing the promotion of well-being central at the heart of their social agenda. So what can we say about human progress and the development of civilization? This book considers the brighter side of our world today by exploring the ways in which wellbeing is on an upward swing globally.

Systematically considering indicators of human well-being in terms of economics, health and education, alongside subjective notions of wellbeing, the book draws together research and data from around the world. It uses the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Index as an underlying framework from which to examine the ways in which wellbeing has improved since WWII. Analysing leading scholarship and empirical work allows the authors to determine policy recommendations for how we might continue to build a better world of human wellbeing.

Click to read more: https://www.amazon.de/Advances-Well-Being-Toward-Better-World-ebook/dp/B078KL3384/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1?language=en_GB


The Origins of Happiness: The Science of Well-Being over the Life Course.

The Origins of Happiness: The Science of Well-Being over the Life Course.

Authors: Andrew E. Clark, Sarah Flèche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee & George Ward



Congrats to long-time ISQOLS members on the publication of their new book!

What makes people happy? Why should governments care about people’s well-being? How would policy change if well-being were the main objective? The Origins of Happiness seeks to revolutionize how we think about human priorities and to promote public policy changes that are based on what really matters to people. Drawing on a uniquely comprehensive range of evidence from longitudinal data on over one hundred thousand individuals in Britain, the United States, Australia, and Germany, the authors consider the key factors that affect human well-being.

The authors explore factors such as income, education, employment, family conflict, health, childcare, and crime—and their findings are not what we might expect. Contrary to received wisdom, income inequality accounts for only two percent or less of the variance in happiness across the population; the critical factors affecting a person’s happiness are their relationships and their mental and physical health. More people are in misery due to mental illness than to poverty, unemployment, or physical illness. Examining how childhood influences happiness in adulthood, the authors show that academic performance is a less important predictor than emotional health and behavior, which is shaped tremendously by schools, individual teachers, and parents. For policymakers, the authors propose new forms of cost-effectiveness analysis that places well-being at center stage.

Groundbreaking in its scope and results, The Origins of Happiness offers all of us a new vision for how we might become more healthy, happy, and whole.

Andrew E. Clark is a full research professor at the Paris School of Economics. Sarah Flèche is a research economist at the London School of Economics. Richard Layard is emeritus professor of economics at the London School of Economics and a member of the House of Lords. He is the coauthor of Thrive (Princeton) and HappinessNattavudh Powdthavee is professor of behavioral science at Warwick Business School. He is the author of The Happiness EquationGeorge Ward is a PhD candidate in behavioral and policy sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. All of the authors are members of the Wellbeing Programme at the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance.

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