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June 25, 2017

*New Published Book*: New Dimensions in Community Well-Being

New Dimensions in Community Well-Being

P. Kraeger, S. Cloutier, C. Talmage (Eds.)

Series: Community Quality-of-Life and Well-Being
▶ Addresses new innovations in quality of life and well-being from the
perspectives of the individual, society and community
▶ Reflects the broad interdisciplinary nature of quality of life
assessment and research
▶ Represents community and national level work with international
best practices
This volume addresses new innovations in quality of life and well-being from the
perspectives of the individual, society and community. It aggregates the perspectives,
research questions, methods and results that consider how quality of life is influenced in
our modern society. Chapters in this volume present theoretical and practical examples
on different aspects of quality of life and community well-being representing American,
European, Native American and African perspectives. This volume is of interest to scholars
in sociology, psychology, economy, philosophy, health research as well as practitioners
across the social sciences.

Click below to read more:



This book is one of the first in our newly revised series by ISQOLS and Springer, Community Quality of Life and Well-Being (http://www.springer.com/series/13761).

June 8, 2017

Please participate! Survey on Agenda for the Future of Social Indicators/Quality of Life Research

Survey on Agenda for the Future of Social Indicators/Quality of Life Research


Alex C. Michalos and Kenneth C. Land

In “Fifty years after the social indicators movement: Has the promise been fulfilled? An assessment and an agenda for the future”, Land and Michalos (2017) reviewed the history of the movement and made some recommendations for work in the future. Filomena Maggino circulated the paper for comments from several colleagues and friends, and papers from 20 of them were published in Social Indicators Research with “Replies to our Commentators” by Michalos and Land. The 20 comment papers came from Ferran Casas, Scott Huebner, Robert Cummins, Valerie Møller, Heinz-Herbert Noll, Christian Suter, Ming-Chang Tsai, Daniel Shek, Florence Wu, Wolfgang Glatzer, Enrico di Bella, Lucia Leporatti, Filomena Maggino, John Helliwell, Ruut Veenhoven, Jeroen Boelhouwer, Mariano Rojas, Chris Barrington-Leigh, Alice Escande and Linda Laura Sabbadini.

At the end of our replies, we listed 28 recommendations for future research drawn from all these scholars. As a final step in this exercise, we thought it would be helpful to circulate a short questionnaire among current scholars in the field to rate the recommendations and to elicit some that we may have missed. Hopefully, the ratings will provide researchers with some priority topics for future exploration.

The questionnaire will only take about 10 minutes of your time. Please rate each recommendation on a five-response scale from unimportant (1), below average importance (2), average importance (3), above average importance (4), very important (5). In case we missed something, finally write in specific others.

We appreciate and thank you for your help.

To access the survey, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3HZ6H2Y

June 5, 2017

Quality of Life in Communities of Latin Countries edited in your series Community QOL and Well-being will be presented next Wednesday in Argentina.

Quality of Life in Communities of Latin Countries edited in your series Community QOL and Well-being will be presented next Wednesday in Argentina.

The presentation will be lead by Jon Hall,  Chief of the team of the Human Development Report ( UN), New York.

This is the link http://www.palermo.edu/cienciassociales/2017/junio/jon_hall.html


Jon Hall will present the Human Development Report 2016 in the Master's Degree in Social Sciences at the University of Palermo, in the framework of the 1st Conference of the Masters in Social Sciences and the III Conference of the Center for Research in Social Sciences (CICS-UP). She will also coordinate the panel presentation of the book Quality of Life in Communities of Latin Countries (2017-Springer), whose editor is Graciela Tonon, Director of the Master's Degree in Social Sciences.

Date: Wednesday, June 7 4:00 p.m. Headquarters
: Mario Bravo 1259



May 29, 2017

Research Associate Position with Community Indicators Consortium

Research Associate Position The Community Indicators Consortium advances and supports the development, availability and effective use of community indicators for making measurable and sustainable improvements in quality of community life. CIC was organized in the belief that information sharing, collaboration and open dialogue -- across geography and disciplines -- are key to the advancement of people, the quality of community life and the sustainability of our shared environment. The Community Indicators Consortium is seeking a Research Associate to help research, assemble and write materials for a comprehensive training course for community-based organizations. Functioning independently, the Research Associates will plan, organize and conduct research and interviews, interpret results and conclusions, and write findings related to methods, tools and approaches for collection and reporting of data and community engagement. He/she will also be knowledgeable about educational techniques and learning methods. The successful Research Associate must be able to work independently, have keen attention to detail, be analytical and be able to easily recommend actions based upon the gathered data/facts. Some travel possible.


• Passionate about improving community wellbeing

• Understand the value and role of data in creating change

• Experience conducting literature reviews and synthesizing information

• Dynamic and engaging writer • Familiar with educational and teaching methods

• Experience working or volunteering in the nonprofit field helpful

The work is expected to start on July 1 until December 31, 2017 with a high likelihood of an extension through 2018. Hourly rate is $40-50, DOE. As an independent contractor, schedule and place of work are flexible but the workload calls for 25-40 hours/week and teleconferencing will happen weekly. Email a short statement of interest and availability, your resume, and a writing sample by June 9 to info@communityindicators.net. First round of interviews will happen as early as June 14.

April 26, 2017

The Pursuit of Human Well-Being: The Untold Global History– new book now available!

Richard J. Estes and M. Joseph Sirgy (Editors)

The Pursuit of Human Well-Being:

The Untold Global History

Dordrecht: Springer; copyright 2017

Organized human history has been unfolding for more than 40,000 years. Indeed, evidence exists that Homo sapiens has been a major force on the planet for at least as long as 6–8 millennia, albeit many scholars suggest even longer. In either case, “modern” men and women are of comparatively recent origin and postdate the period of the great dinosaurs by millions of years. Homo sapiens appeared around the beginning of the current global ice age, the Pliocene-Quaternary glaciation, an ongoing period that is largely responsible for the creation of a broad range of social, political, economic, and technological innovations (especially those designed to keep the people living in northern countries warm). The current ice age, with all of the challenges that it presented and continues to present to humanity, has compelled people throughout the world to live in highly interdependent communities; to share in advancing the well-being of one another, but especially that of their families and local communities; and to create forms of housing, energy sources, transportation sources and networks, and communication systems that keep people in close proximity to one another. This volume covers developments in human well-being that have taken place worldwide. More specifically, we have drawn on the component measures of the United Nations Human Development Index as the basis for framing our analysis—human advances over the long term related to improvements in the quality of and access to health and health care, education, and income.


The book’s major findings concerning national, regional, and international changes are organized in terms seven dimensions: (1) philosophical advances in well-being; (2) global advances in population; (3) global advances in health; (4) global advances in education; (5) global advances in income and poverty reduction; (6) global advances in social welfare, in particular, the steadily increasing levels of income security provided to the world’s growing population via income security programs and other publicly and privately financed social initiatives; and (7) global advances in subjective well-being. All of these components are essential to assessing changes in well-being, and each reveals unique patterns of the human condition in various nations and regions of world. Interspersed throughout are discussions of advances in well-being that have occurred worldwide with respect to women and other historically disadvantaged

population groups (such as children and youth, the elderly, persons with serious disabilities, those who are financially impoverished, and other social, political, cultural, religious, and sexual minority groups). We also discuss contributions made by medical and other technologies in advancing well-being over time that benefit people everywhere in the world (e.g., advances in telecommunications, transportation, preventive and curative health care, and finance and accounting technologies).


In sum, much of the evidence suggest that political life has improved dramatically. People are able to participate more actively in helping to shape the laws and public policies by which they are governed. Major threats to democratization—especially fraud, public corruption, centralization of political power in the hands of despots—have diminished significantly. The world’s economic situation has changed rapidly, especially with regard to the distribution of income and wealth across and within countries. Some of the findings reported here were somewhat discouraging, given the continued widening gap between the most and least economically privileged groups in every society. However, significant advances in well-being were made for those population groups that live on the margins of social, political, and economic life. We examined the role of women in society as well as the large numbers of persons who cannot provide fully for their own economic needs: children and youth, the elderly, the poor, persons with severe physical or emotional disabilities, prisoners, and illegal migrants. Our unequivocal conclusion, based on the evidence, it that much progress in well-being has been made for these historically disadvantaged groups.


The entire content of the book reflects steady, significant progress in well-being over time and in all regions of the world. The well-being gains realized since the Second World War are especially remarkable, given their magnitude and the rapid pace at which they unfolded. We believe that global and positive well-being trends since at least 1945 will continue well into the future, despite the economic and political uncertainties that characterize some of the world’s regions. The use of a historical approach to study well-being has resulted in an optimistic picture concerning the present and future states of well-being, quality of life, and life satisfaction. Today, humanity is in a much better position to advance individual and collective well-being than ever before. Throughout this book, we have suggested various future pathways to maintain the positive momentum. “Working together, we can inspire, innovate and accelerate sustainable social interventions that promote human wellbeing” (Halloran Philanthropies 2015).


To purchase the book or for more details, visit: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319391007

February 27, 2017



Editor: Graciela Tonon
Publish your next book in this series!
The International Handbooks of Quality of Life Research offer extensive bibliographic resources. They present literature reviews of the many sub-disciplines and areas of study within the growing field of quality of life research. Handbooks in the series focus on capturing and reviewing the quality of life research literature in specific life domains, on specific populations, or in relation to specific disciplines or sectors of industry. In addition, the Handbooks cover measures of quality of life and well-being, providing annotated bibliographies of well-established measures, methods, and scales.
We look forward to receiving your book proposal Please contact Series Editor Graciela Tonon: gtonon1@palermo.edu
 For more information about the series: http://www.springer.com/series/8365

February 14, 2017


International Society for Quality-of-life Studies

Exploring Happiness and Well-Being




Innsbruck, Austria

September 28th-30th, 2017


The International Society for Quality-of-life Studies (ISQOLS) is holding its 15th Conference from September 28th to 30th 2017 in the beautiful city of Innsbruck, Austria. The conference’s theme is “Quality-of-life: Towards a Better Society”. ISQOLS conferences provide a space for scholars to present their research findings on quality-of-life, well-being, and happiness, as well as to discuss their relevance for policy making. ISQOLS gathers scholars from all corners of the world, from many disciplines, with different methodological and theoretical perspectives, and following different approaches, but with one common goal: generating research-based knowledge to contribute to the well-being in societies.


Call for Abstracts, Posters and Symposia Organization:

Abstracts must be submitted using the online submission portal found on the conference website: http://www.isqols2017.org/

Deadline for the abstract submission EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 21st!

Notification of acceptance will be e-mailed to the presenting author by March 30th, 2017; together with detailed information and guidelines.


Educational Grants Available!

ISQOLS 2017 is proud to award a minimum of 6 educational grants* in the amount of 500€ (Euros) each to early career researchers from developing countries.

Requirements: the applicant must be an early career researcher (doctoral student through early untenured). The researcher must be accepted as presenter (poster or oral), registered for the conference and current (2017) member of ISQOLS. ISQOLS membership application can be found here.

Application: through the abstract/registration submission tool
Scholarship deadline: March 30th
Decision rendered: April 30th

*Educational grants will be sent to recipient through paypal after conference registration has been paid. Conference registration refunds are not permissible for grant recipients.


 Opportunity to Support Early Career Researchers from Developing Countries:

With your contributions ISQOLS 2017 is able to support early career researchers from developing countries to attend the 15th annual meeting of ISQOLS through educational grants. If you cannot attend the ISQOLS conference, consider supporting one early career researcher to attend.

To support as many as possible doctoral students and early career researchers from developing countries, we need your help.

A minimum of 6 unrestricted educational grants, each 500 €, will be awarded to registered early career researchers from developing countries.
Your support will help increase the amount of individual educational grants the scientific committee can give away to support early career researcher to attend the ISQOLS 2017 conference in Innsbruck, Austria.

Several funding options are available, however also individual amounts are welcome.



Conference Speakers:

Keynote Lecture: John F. Helliwell

Professor John F. Helliwell, of the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC, long-time Research Associate of the NBER, is Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and Co-Director of CIFAR’s program on ‘Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being’. Read more.

Richard J. Estes Lecture: Richard Layard

Professor Lord Richard Layard is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, where he was until 2003 the founder-director of the Centre for Economic Performance. Read more.

Alex C. Michalos Lecture: Richard Wilkinson

Richard is now Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School, Honorary Professor at University College London and Visiting Professor at the University of York.  He wrote The Spirit Level with Kate Pickett, a best seller now available in 24 languages.  Read more. 

Edward F. Diener Lecture: Antonella Delle Fave

Antonella Delle Fave works as professor of Psychology at the Medical School of the University of Milano, Italy. After getting an MD degree, she specialized in clinical psychology and devoted her research activities to the investigation of well-being indicators, with a particular attention to cultural and diversity issues. Read more. 

Reminder! ISQOLS members receive a significant conference registration discount! Join our renew your ISQOLS 2017 membership now by visiting: https://www.isqols.org/membership-registration/

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February 12, 2017

The passing of QOL Pioneer: Dr. Hans Rosling

To QOL/well-being scholars and ISQOLS members:


Prof. Dr. Hans Rosling, a Swedish medical doctor/epidemiologist/QOL researcher, has been a role model among many in the quality-of-life/well-being research community. He certainly was a great hero to many of us. We just received news that he just died. The world has lost a visionary and an inspiration to all who believed and used the science of quality of life and human well-being. He has been the public face of the QOL/well-being research community. We will miss him dearly.


Please read the announcement in the NYTimes below (click on the link).



Joe Sirgy and Richard Estes

January 25, 2017

Community Quality-of-Life and Well-Being: CALL FOR PAPERS

Community Quality of Life and WellBeing
Editor: Phillips, Rhonda
Publish your next book in this series!
Aims and Scope Series Editor: Rhonda Phillips
Community Quality of Life and Well-being book series is a collection of volumes related to community level research, providing community and regional well-being innovative research and application. Formerly entitled Community Quality-of-Life Indicators: Best Practices, the series reflects the broad scope of well-being. Next to best practices of community quality-of-life indicators projects the series welcomes a variety of research and practice topics as related to overall community wellbeing and quality of life dimensions, relating to policy, application, research, and/or practice. Research on issues such as societal happiness, quality of life domains in the policy construct, measuring and gauging progress, dimensions planning and community development, and related topics are anticipated. The Editor welcomes proposals for both edited volumes and authored monographs contributions on topics such as:  Quality of Life in Communities  Societal Happiness  Social Health and Well-Being  Life Satisfaction in various life domains  Well-Being Theories and Applications  Quality of Life for Policy Development  Measuring and Gauging Quality of Life  Dimensions of Planning and Community Development  Indicators of Well-Being  Overall Community Well-Being We look forward to receiving your book proposal Please contact Series Editor Rhonda Phillips: rphillips@purdue.edu For more information about the series: http://www.springer.com/series/13761

December 27, 2016




ISSN: 2235-767X

Impact Factor 2.811

Volume 5, Issue Number 09

The European Journal of Business and Social Sciences (EJBSS) (Published online) is an opportunity for academics to share the latest thinking on research strategies, tactics and paradigms of Business and Social Sciences discipline. The editorial board is interested in obtaining both theoretical and practical papers concerning research models, as well as considering case studies that demonstrate how research strategies; tactics and paradigms are applied in practice.

We are indexed in following databases:

Cabell’s Directories, Ulrich Web, Index Copernicus, New Jour, Contemporary Science Association, EBSCO Host, Universe Digital Library, DRJI, DOAJ,Open J-Gate, Pro-Quest, Universal Impact Factor, Sjournals Index, EconBiz, Cite Factor, ISI (International Scientific indexing), Academia.edu, Impact Factor journal


Aims and Scope
The European Journal of Business and Social Sciences (EJBSS) provide perspectives on topics relevant to research in the field of business and Social Sciences. Through its publication the journal contributes to the development of theory and practice. The journal accepts academically robust papers that contribute to the area of research in business and management.

Papers submitted to the journal are double-blind reviewed by members of the reviewer committee or other suitably qualified readers. The Editor reserves the right to reject papers that, in the view of the editorial board, are either of insufficient quality, or are not relevant enough to the subject area. The editor is happy to discuss contributions before submission. The journal publishes work in the categories described below.

Research Papers
These may be qualitative or quantitative, empirical or theoretical in nature and can discuss completed research findings or work in progress.

Case Studies
Case studies are welcomed illustrating business and management research methods in practice.

View Points
Viewpoints are less academically rigorous articles usually in areas of controversy which will fuel some interesting debate.

Conference Reports and Book Reviews
Anyone who attends a conference or reads a book that they feel contributes to the area of Business Research Methods is encouraged to submit a review for publication.


Topics may include, but are not limited to, Human Resource Management, Strategic Management, Trade, International Businesses, Marketing Strategies, Sales Management, Advertising, Finance, Corporate Finance, Financial Economics, Econometrics, Economic Theory, Business Development, Sales Promotions, Investment, Portfolio Management, Product Development, Accounting, Financial Reporting, Corporate Governance, Social Policy, Public Administration, Business Laws, Statistical Inferences, Empirical Business Research, Total Quality Management, Consumer Behavior, Organizational Behavior and Theory, Insurance, Risk Management, Project Management, Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Cost Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Management Information System, Crisis Management, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Societal Research, History, Geography, Education, Political Science, Linguistics, Library Science, Information Science, Media Studies, Law, Criminology, Gender Studies, Demography, Communication Studies, Business Studies, Journalism, Environmental Engineering, Archeology.

Contributions and Dates

Those wishing to make a submission should:


  • Transmit one copy of the paper (in MS Word), by e-mail to the Editor ateditor@ejbss.com
  • Submissions should not be longer than 8,000 words including abstract, keywords and references.
  • Submissions are welcomed at any time.
  • An issue of the journal is published once there are at least four accepted papers.
  • Next issue is to be launched on 1st January, 2017 in online format.
  • Authors will be charged 150 Euros for a paper as a publication fee without Hard Copy.
  • Authors will be charged 200 Euros for a paper as a publication fee with Hard Copy.
  • One Hard Copy will be sent to Corresponding Author and additional copy will be charged 25 Euros each.



Please read the submission guidelines before submitting a contribution.


Submissions and correspondence with the authors are dealt only via editor@ejbss.com   


Sincerely yours,


R.M Shahzad


Chief Editor


European Journal of Business and Social Sciences




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