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July 23, 2014

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: ISQOLS 2014 AWARDS

ISQOLS calls for nominations to the following awards:

 

  • Research Fellow Award: The basic requirement for eligibility to be designated a Fellow shall be evidence of a substantial contribution to QOL research.
  • Distinguished QOL Researcher Award: The basic requirement for eligibility to be designated a Distinguished QOL Researcher shall be evidence of a lifetime and substantial contribution to QOL research.
  • Distinguished Service Award: The basic requirement for eligibility to be given a Distinguished Service Award is outstanding service to the Society in a leadership position (e.g., president
  • Award for the Betterment of the Human Condition: The basic requirement for eligibility for this award is significant accomplishment by an organization (private or public sector organization) to the development and use of QOL measures in serving its constituency.

 

Nominations should be supported by relevant information, such as personal biographical sketches and CVs and a description of the organization’s activities and a list of its accomplishments. Please send any nomination to ISQOLS Office (office@isqols.org)

 

The deadline for nominating candidates is August 10th, 2014. Afterwards the Nominating Committee will screen the nominations and those selected nominations will be considered by ISQOLS Board of Directors in order to reach a final decision.

 

Thanks for your help, regards

Graciela Tonon

VP-External Affairs, Chair of the Nominating Committee



July 16, 2014

Fundraising report and appeal

Dear ISQOLS members,

Joe Sirgy and Richard Estes have had considerable success in generating the funds needed to fully  endow our new lecture series to honor the stellar contributions to our field made by Ed Diener and Alex Michalos. 

We are still approximately $5,000 short of meeting our goal, however, and the attached spreadsheet is both a summary of their fundraising outcomes and an appeal for additional contributions.

The spreadsheet reports the results of the campaign since its launch in April, 2014 as well as contributions to the ISQOLS foundation that were carried forward from previous years.

Please view the fundraising report here (pdf file)

Please contribute to this important appeal if you possibly can. All donations may be made using the ISQOLS Foundation tab located on the the Society’s main homepage http://www.isqols.org/foundation-overview/.

Richard Estes and Joe Sirgy

 

 

 



July 14, 2014

ISQOLS 2014 Conference Registration Online

Dear ISQOLS community,

we are happy to announce that the registration tool for the ISQOLS conference is now online!

To register for The Quality of Life Conference 2014 – Sustaining Quality of Life across the Globe (ISQOLS 2014) at the Free University Berlin on September 15 – 18, 2014, go to

http://www.isqols.org/berlin2014/

and follow the steps. For detailed information on the conference fees and special discounts for guests from low-income countries, please visit:

http://www.isqols.org/berlin2014/registration/registration-fees/

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Berlin! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to write the local organizing team in Berlin berlin2014@isqols.org

 

Kind regards,
Your Conference Team

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July 11, 2014

ISQOLS 2014 Conference Website and Registration Online

The website and registration for the 2014 Sustaining Quality of Life across the GlobeThe Quality of Life Conference in Berlin, Germany, is now online at www.isqols.org/berlin2014.

Payment can be made using credit card, paypal or bank transfer.

Come explore new horizons in quality of life with us in Berlin, Germany, September 15th – 18th, 2014.



July 10, 2014

Quality of Life Research, Vol. 23, Issue 6

Quality of Life Research. Volume 23 , Issue 6 is now available on SpringerLink.

In this issue:
Response
The ethics of providing a balanced presentation of facts
Miri Cohen
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Concept Analysis of the Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS®) and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
Carole A. Tucker , Alarcos Cieza , Anne W. Riley , Gerold Stucki , Jin Shei Lai , T. Bedirhan Ustun , Nenad Kostanjsek , William Riley , David Cella & Christopher B. Forrest
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Conceptualizing and prioritizing clinical trial outcomes from the perspectives of people with Parkinson’s disease versus health care professionals: a concept mapping study
Catharina Sjödahl Hammarlund , Maria H. Nilsson , Markus Idvall , Scott R. Rosas & Peter Hagell
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Assessing spiritual well-being in residents of nursing homes for older people using the FACIT-Sp-12: a cognitive interviewing study
Sue Hall & Sharon Beatty
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Getting serious about test–retest reliability: a critique of retest research and some recommendations
Denise F. Polit
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Anchoring vignettes for health comparisons: an analysis of response consistency
Nicole Au & Paula K. Lorgelly
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Dutch–Flemish translation of 17 item banks from the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS)
C. B. Terwee , L. D. Roorda , H. C. W. de Vet , J. Dekker , R. Westhovens , J. van Leeuwen , D. Cella , H. Correia , B. Arnold , B. Perez & M. Boers
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An investigation into the construct validity of the Carer Experience Scale (CES)
Ilias Goranitis , Joanna Coast & Hareth Al-Janabi
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An evaluation of the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire using Rasch analysis
Theresa Munyombwe , Stefan Höfer , Donna Fitzsimons , David R. Thompson , Deidre Lane , Karen Smith & Felicity Astin
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Use of cognitive interviews in the development of the PLUS-M item bank
Sara J. Morgan , Dagmar Amtmann , Daniel C. Abrahamson , Andre J. Kajlich & Brian J. Hafner
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Development and psychometric properties of the Maastricht Personal Autonomy Questionnaire (MPAQ) in older adults with a chronic physical illness
Godelief M. J. Mars , Jacques Th. M. van Eijk , Marcel W. M. Post , Ireen M. Proot , Ilse Mesters & Gertrudis I. J. M. Kempen
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Brief Communication
The Italian version of the Pain Beliefs and Perceptions Inventory: cross-cultural adaptation, factor analysis, reliability and validity
Marco Monticone , Simona Ferrante , Silvano Ferrari , Calogero Foti , Raffaele Mugnai , Paolo Pillastrini , Barbara Rocca & Carla Vanti
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Brief Communication
Reliability and validity of the Iranian version of the QAPACE in adolescents
Parisa Amiri , Sara Jalali-Farahani , Maryam Zarkesh , Maryam Barzin , Robabeh Kaviani & Sajad Ahmadizad
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Positive and negative aspects of well-being as correlates of breast reconstruction decision
Jolanta Zycinska , Ewa Gruszczynska & Alina Choteborska
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Understanding the relative importance of preserving functional abilities in Alzheimer’s disease in the United States and Germany
A. Brett Hauber , Ateesha F. Mohamed , F. Reed Johnson , Michael Cook , H. Michael Arrighi , Jing Zhang & Michael Grundman
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Environmental effects on WHODAS 2.0 among patients with stroke with a focus on ICF category e120
Kwang-Hwa Chang , Yen-Nung Lin , Hua-Fang Liao , Chia-Feng Yen , Reuben Escorpizo , Tze-Hsun Yen & Tsan-Hon Liou
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Factors associated with health-related quality of life in chronic leg ulceration
Wilma M. Hopman , Elizabeth G. VanDenKerkhof , Meg E. Carley , Janet L. Kuhnke & Margaret B. Harrison
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The impact of concurrent granulocyte–macrophage colony-stimulating factor on quality of life in head and neck cancer patients: results of the randomized, placebo-controlled Radiation Therapy Oncology Group 9901 trial
Karen E. Hoffman , Stephanie L. Pugh , Jennifer L. James , Charles Scarantino , Benjamin Movsas , Richard K. Valicenti , Andre Fortin , JonDavid Pollock , Harold Kim , David G. Brachman , Lawrence B. Berk , Deborah Watkins Bruner & Lisa A. Kachnic
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Impact of autism in adolescents on parental quality of life
Amaria Baghdadli , René Pry , Cécile Michelon & Cécile Rattaz
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Depressive symptoms, health-related quality of life, and cardiac event-free survival in patients with heart failure: a mediation analysis
Kyoung Suk Lee , Terry A. Lennie , Jia-Rong Wu , Martha J. Biddle & Debra K. Moser
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Brief Communication
Health-related quality of life of children and adolescents with functional disabilities in a northern Swedish county
Erik Domellöf , Ludmilla Hedlund & Pia Ödman
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Health-related quality of life in children and adolescents with celiac disease: patient-driven data from focus group interviews
Halfdan Skjerning , Ruth O. Mahony , Steffen Husby & Audrey DunnGalvin
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The relationship between body mass index and health-related quality of life in urban disadvantaged children
Ciara Wynne , Catherine Comiskey , Eleanor Hollywood , Mary Brigid Quirke , Karin O’Sullivan & Sinéad McGilloway
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Erratum
Erratum to: Development and validation of the functional assessment of chronic illness therapy treatment satisfaction (FACIT TS) measures
John D. Peipert , Jennifer L. Beaumont , Rita Bode , Dave Cella , Sofia F. Garcia & Elizabeth A. Hahn
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Springer new publications

Linking Sustainable Livelihoods to Natural Resources and Governance

Abdulai, Abdul-Mumin; Shamshiry, Elmira

Details here

Positive Psychology in Latin America

Buchreihe: Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology, Bd. 10
Hrsg.: Castro Solano, Alejandro

Details here



Social Indicators Research, Vol. 118, Issue 1

Social Indicators Research. Volume 118 , Issue 1 is now available on SpringerLink.

In this issue:
Challenges in Constructing a Multi-dimensional European Job Quality Index
Janine Leschke & Andrew Watt
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The Impact of Deviations from Desired Hours of Work on the Life Satisfaction of Employees
Cem Başlevent & Hasan Kirmanoğlu
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Application of the “Benefit-Of-the-Doubt” Approach for the Construction of a Digital Access Indicator: A Revaluation of the “Digital Access Index”
Hassen Gaaloul & Soulef Khalfallah
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Factor Structure and Convergent Validity of the Long and Abbreviated Versions of the Multidimensional Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale in an Italian Sample
Carla Zappulla , Ugo Pace , Valentina Lo Cascio , Giovanni Guzzo & E. Scott Huebner
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Life Domain Satisfactions as Predictors of Overall Life Satisfaction Among Workers: Evidence from Chile
Nicolas Loewe , Mehdi Bagherzadeh , Luis Araya-Castillo , Claudio Thieme & Joan Manuel Batista-Foguet
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Satisfied Residents in Different Types of Local Areas: Measuring What’s Most Important
Rod McCrea , Tung-Kai Shyy & Robert J. Stimson
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Determinants of Subjective Well-Being in Adolescent Children of Recipients of the Oportunidades Human Development Program in Mexico
Joaquina Palomar-Lever & Amparo Victorio-Estrada
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Asset Impacts on Life Satisfaction in an Asset-Rich Country: Focusing on Older Adults in Singapore
Song-Iee Hong & Chang-Keun Han
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Happiness and Pathways to Reach It: Dimension-Centred Versus Person-Centred Approach
Tina Kavčič & Andreja Avsec
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Personality Traits and Subjective Well-Being: Moderating Role of Optimism in University Employees
Tahira Jibeen
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Core Self-evaluations as Mediator and Moderator of the Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence and Life Satisfaction
Peizhen Sun , Song Wang & Feng Kong
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Who Settles for Less? Subjective Dispositions, Objective Circumstances, and Housing Satisfaction
Wojtek Tomaszewski & Francisco Perales
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How Gratitude Influences Well-Being: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach
Chih-Che Lin & Yu-chu Yeh
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Cultural Access and Mental Health: An Exploratory Study
Alessandro Crociata , Massimiliano Agovino & Pier Luigi Sacco
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Winding Road Toward the Chinese Dream: The U-shaped Relationship Between Income and Life Satisfaction Among Chinese Migrant Workers
Rongwei Chu & Henry Chiu Hail
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Child Well-Being in Advanced Economies in the Late 2000s
Bruno Martorano , Luisa Natali , Chris de Neubourg & Jonathan Bradshaw
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Does Child Gender Predict Older Parents’ Well-Being?
Dolores Pushkar , Dorothea Bye , Michael Conway , Carsten Wrosch , June Chaikelson , Jamshid Etezadi , Constantina Giannopoulos , Karen Li & Nassim Tabri
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Moderating Effects of Gender and Loneliness on the Relationship Between Self-esteem and Life Satisfaction in Chinese University Students
Yongquan Huo & Feng Kong
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Gender and Psychological Correlates of Self-rated Strengths Among Youth
Joana Neto , Félix Neto & Adrian Furnham
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Social Capital, Diversity and Giving or Receiving Help Among Neighbours
Fernando Mata & Ravi Pendakur
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Effects of Social Networks on Health from a Stress Theoretical Perspective
Joachim Gerich
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The Index of Household Financial Condition, Combining Subjective and Objective Indicators: An Appraisal of Italian Households
Piotr Bialowolski & Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska
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Erratum
Erratum to: The Index of Household Financial Condition, Combining Subjective and Objective Indicators: An Appraisal of Italian Households
Piotr Bialowolski & Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska
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Chronic and Transient Poverty and Vulnerability to Poverty in the Philippines: Evidence Using a Simple Spells Approach
Connie Bayudan-Dacuycuy & Joseph Anthony Lim
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Consumer Financial Capability and Financial Satisfaction
Jing Jian Xiao , Cheng Chen & Fuzhong Chen
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Family Structure and Subjective Economic Well-Being: Some New Evidence
Maria Francesca Cracolici , Francesca Giambona & Miranda Cuffaro
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New Springer books

Medicine, Health and Quality of Life

Linking Sustainable Livelihoods to Natural Resources and Governance Abdulai, Abdul-Mumin; Shamshiry, Elmira

 

Social Sciences, Quality of Life Research

Positive Psychology in Latin America
Book Series: Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology, Vol. 10
Editor/s: Castro Solano, Alejandro

 

Social Sciences (general)

COOP 2014 – Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems, 27-30 May 2014, Nice (France)
Editor/s: Rossitto, Chiara; Ciolfi, Luigina; Martin, David; Conein, Bernard

 

Horticulture: Plants for People and Places, Volume 1
Editor/s: Dixon, Geoffrey R.; Aldous, David E.

Horticulture: Plants for People and Places, Volume 2
Editor/s: Dixon, G.; Aldous, David E.

Horticulture: Plants for People and Places, Volume 3
Editor/s: Dixon, G.; Aldous, David E.

Understanding Society and Natural Resources
Editor/s: Manfredo, Michael J.; Vaske, Jerry J.; Rechkemmer, Andreas; Duke, Esther A.



Journal of Happiness Studies, Vol. 15, Issue 3

Journal of Happiness Studies. Volume 15 , Issue 3 is now available on SpringerLink.

In this issue:
Short Research Notes
Satisfaction with Life in Public Housing in Ogun State, Nigeria: A Research Note
Eziyi O. Ibem & Dolapo Amole
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Research Paper
Family Economic Well-Being, and (Class) Relative Wealth: An Empirical Analysis of Life Satisfaction of Secondary School Students in Three Italian Cities
Leonardo Becchetti & Fabio Pisani
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Research Paper
Social Interactions and Life Satisfaction: Evidence from Latin America
Victoria Ateca-Amestoy , Alexandra Cortés Aguilar & Ana I. Moro-Egido
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Research Paper
Leisure and Subjective Well-Being: A Model of Psychological Mechanisms as Mediating Factors
David B. Newman , Louis Tay & Ed Diener
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Research Paper
Perceived Change in Life Satisfaction and Daily Negative Affect: The Moderating Role of Purpose in Life
Anthony L. Burrow , Rachel Sumner & Anthony D. Ong
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Research Paper
Religion and Happiness Among Israeli Jews: Findings from the ISSP Religion III Survey
Jeff Levin
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Research Paper
Do Comparison Wages Play a Major Role in Determining Overall Job Satisfaction? Evidence from Australia
Temesgen Kifle
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Research Paper
Does Time Fly When You are Having Fun? A Day Reconstruction Method Analysis
Vicki A. Freedman , Frederick G. Conrad , Jennifer C. Cornman , Norbert Schwarz & Frank P. Stafford
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Research Paper
La Vie en Rose: High Levels of Well-Being and Events Inside and Outside Autobiographical Memory
Danilo Garcia
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Research Paper
Does Individualistic Culture Lower the Well-Being of the Unemployed? Evidence from Europe
Małgorzata Mikucka
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Research Paper
Measuring Search for Meaning: A Factor-Analytic Evaluation of the Seeking of Noetic Goals Test (SONG)
Stefan E. Schulenberg , Brandy J. Baczwaski & Erin M. Buchanan
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Review article
Aversion to Happiness Across Cultures: A Review of Where and Why People are Averse to Happiness
Mohsen Joshanloo & Dan Weijers
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Book Review
Good Question, Nice Answer, But Why Without Happiness?
Jan Ott
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Call for Research Projects “Tuscany: a Global Laboratory for Quality of Life”

Tuscany Region, in harmony with the Expo 2015 (Feeding the Earth) and in collaboration with Toscana Promozione, Polo Lionello Bonfanti – E. di C. Spa and professors from all Tuscany Universities, launches an international call for young researchers for research projects on Quality of Life. This call is interdisciplinary and it is addressed to young researchers in all social sciences.

We intend to attract young scholars to work on their own projects under the supervision of international experts on Quality of Life. The aim of this initiative is to establish a network of researchers to promote studies on Quality of Life.

Projects should be policy-oriented and may be regarding the following aspects of the Quality of Life:

  • health;
  • education;
  • work and reconciling work and private life;
  • economic well-being;
  • social relations;
  • politics and institutions;
  • sense of security;
  • subjective wellbeing (happiness);
  • landscape and cultural heritage;
  • environment;
  • research and innovation;
  • quality of public services;
  • values and culture;
  • income and wealth inequality;
  • media;
  • food, health and well-being.

The research projects should lead to publishable articles in international peer review journals, with clear-cut and innovative policies to promote Quality of Life, progress and well-being.

Background
Tuscany is a global symbol for the Quality of Life and well-being. Tuscan civil humanism (XIV-XV centuries), one of the golden ages of Western civilization, was a happy mix of economics, art, spirituality, culture and urban planning (it was not at all coincidental that in 1786 Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, was the first to introduce the abolition of the death penalty). This tradition, embedded in the beauty of Tuscan landscape, cities, towns and monuments, has been the basis for the Tuscan development pattern of the post-WWII, able to reconcile economic prosperity, Quality of Life, social cohesion and environmental sustainability. For these reasons Tuscany is an ideal ground for this initiative, aimed at creating a global reference point for the studies on Quality of Life.

Activities, timing, grants
Up to 15 projects will be selected among the proposals.
Activities will take place from December 2014 to October 2015.Researchers will have to come to Florence in two time periods.

  • The first period will be from 16th January to 2 nd February 2015. In this period researchers will have to attend four international conferences (described in the attached file) on different aspects of Quality of Life. Moreover, researchers will present the state of progress of their respective projects in workshops where they will have the opportunity to discuss their work with the keynote speakers of the conferences. In the same time period researchers will attend the winter school on “Quality of Life, Well-Being and Social Relationships”.
  • The second time period will be in October 2015 (for 3 days), during a workshop where researchers will present the final results of their work. Researches have to be concluded by 30th September 2015.

The organization will cover all travel costs to Florence. A check of 1.200 Euros will be paid after the approval of the final draft by the scientific committee.

 

How to apply
To be selected, projects must be about Quality of Life and should be strongly policy-oriented. The research proposals, should contain:

  • Abstract (150 words)
  • Project description: main goal, brief literature review, main hypothesis and data description (not exceeding 5 pages: MS Word, font 12, Times New Roman, 1.5 spacing, standard margins)
  • Curriculum Vitae (not exceeding 2 pages)
  • Motivation Letter (not exceeding 1 page)

All the documents have to be sent to the following email address: tuscanyqol@pololionellobonfanti.it

Submission deadline: 30th October 2014
Acceptance: 10th-15th November 2014

Organizing Committee
Stefano Bartolini (University of Siena)
Luigino Bruni (LUMSA and Sophia UI)

Scientific Committee
Stefano Bartolini (University of Siena)
Leonardo Becchetti (University La Sapienza – Roma)
Luigino Bruni (Lumsa and Sophia UI)
Vittorio Pelligra (University of Cagliari)
Stefano Zamagni (University of Bologna)
Anouk Grevin (University of Nantes)
Manuela Giovannetti (University of Pisa)
Paolo Orefice (University of Florence)

Project website
http://www.pololionellobonfanti.it/tuscany-quality-of-life/




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