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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.

January 29, 2018

12th Partial Order Workshop International Workshop on Partial Orders in Applied Sciences

12th Partial Order Workshop
International Workshop on Partial Orders in Applied Sciences
Towards an Understanding of Complex Phenomenon: Applying Partial Order

Theory to Multi-Indicator Systems
University of Neuchâtel, 26-27 October 2018

Call for papers

The description of complex phenomena in different scientific fields (such as poverty, well-
being, sustainable development, social progress, quality of life, social cohesion, vulnerability,

environment risk assessment) by a set of indicators has become increasingly important.
When a decision is to be based on this set of indicators then ranking is one of the possible
applications. Although indicator systems are widely applied and statistically investigated,
there are still many questions open, when partial order is to be applied:
▪ How could we find latent indicators?
▪ Can indicator systems be partitioned into a main part and parts considered as “fine
tuning”? More generally: Can we define a hierarchy of indicator systems, when a
certain complex phenomenon is to be studied?
▪ Can we explore the indicators, for example can we state that one set of indicators
implies another set of indicators?
▪ Sometimes indicators are built of real data, what then is the advantage of partial order
and how could we find a set of implications?
▪ If indicators are measured ones, then how to deal with data uncertainties?
▪ How can we include the qualitative knowledge, which cannot be expressed by
indicators-for example with respect to simple aggregation schemes: how to include
weights within the framework of partial orders?
The conference activities will be in English. There is no fee for registration. We welcome
work from all scholars and academics on any related to the topic of partial order theory,
and/or its application to social indicators.
Instructions for submission of abstracts:
Interested applicants wishing to present original research should send their abstract to
tugce.beycan@unine.ch. The abstract should be about 500 words and it should include the
title of the paper, the name of the author(s), present address (including e-mail address), and
the name of the institution to which the author is affiliated.
Deadline for submitting abstracts:
▪ Abstract submission: March 31, 2018
▪ Acceptance/rejection notification: April 20, 2018
Scientific advisory board members: Tugce Beycan (Université de Neuchâtel), Rainer
Brüggemann (Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries), Filomena
Maggino (Universita di Roma Sapienza), Christian Suter (Université de Neuchâtel).
Contact : For all conference issues contact tugce.beycan@unine.ch

Call for expression of interest : International Forum for Well-Being

Call for expression of interest : International Forum for Well-Being

The first International Forum for Well-Being will take place from the 6th ou the 8th of June 2018 in France (Grenoble). For the first time in Europe, local representatives, researchers, actors from civil society and concerned citizens are meeting to discuss wealth indicators in order to rethink our model of society.

The International Forum for Well-Being is carried out in a collaborative way by Local Authorities (Grenoble Alpes Metropolis and Grenoble City), the University Grenoble Community (COMUE and Grenoble Alpes University) and civil society (CCFD-Terre Solidaire and the collective FAIR/ Forum for other wealth indicators).

The International Forum for Well-Being will discuss new indicators to build tomorrow. For more than 30 years, many experiments promoting new “compasses” have been carried out at international, regional and local levels in order to place not economy-focused indicators - as GDP - at the heart of public action. These initiatives question the idea of economic growth being the main goal of political, economic and social interventions and they aim at measuring well-being, human and social development, quality of life, living in harmony, etc. The Forum in Grenoble, an exceptional event in France and in Europe, will be the opportunity to get over one step more : how, with which conditions can these indicators act structurally and promote practices keeping with a fair and sustainable society. The forum will question the link between the local level - the territory of life and action - and the global level: what are the shared dashboards to communicate between these levels and act in a convergent way?

The call for expression of interest is opened till the 5th of february. You can propose your contribution, workshop or ideas to the steering committee.

The Forum will welcome too an international and interdisciplinary scientific symposium, held by the University of Grenoble Alpes and the social sciences laboratory PACT, for researchers who work on these issues.

Economic and social actors, researchers, elected representatives or citizens are invited to contribute to the Forum. If you are a researcher, you may answer to the call for scientific papers but you may also contribute to the Forum.

More informations available soon on this event here : https://bienvivre2018.org

January 28, 2018




March 22, 2018 – GHENT, BE

More info: www.hogent.be/agenda


This conference addresses the question how the support needs paradigm facilitates the implementation of the quality of life framework in daily practice. Furthermore, the strength-based perspective is presented as a lens to provide this support. To conclude, the role of self-determination in the quality of life framework is discussed.


You will expand your knowledge getting first-hand info from the research network hosting the event along with a selected panel of international proven authorities on the topics of

-        quality of life

-        the support needs paradigm

-        strength-based work

-        self-determination



More info: www.hogent.be/agenda
Contact: Jessica.demaeyer@hogent.be


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