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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

THE INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOKS OF QUALITY OF LIFE RESEARCH: CALL FOR PAPERS

THE INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOKS OF QUALITY OF LIFE RESEARCH: CALL FOR PAPERS

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

ISQOLS Annual Conference: ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 21ST

International Society for Quality-of-life Studies

Exploring Happiness and Well-Being

 ISQOLS 2017 CONFERENCE

QUALITY-OF-LIFE:

TOWARDS A BETTER SOCIETY

Innsbruck, Austria

September 28th-30th, 2017

 http://www.isqols2017.org/

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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

http://www.isqols2017.org/support/

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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).

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/world/europe/hans-rosling-dead-statistician.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

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

CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (EJBSS)

CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (EJBSS)

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

 

editor@ejbss.com  

 



December 20, 2016

Tribute to Dr. Rhonda Phillips, ISQOLS President, 2013-2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISQOLS would like to sincerely thank Dr. Rhonda Phillips for her service as President to our organization. Her term will end this December 31, 2016. Dr. Phillips has a long list of service roles: member of the ISQOLS Board of Directors, VP Programs, President-Elect, Interim President, and Conference Chair for the 2015 ISQOLS conference in Phoenix, Arizona. She is also the recent recipient of the 2016 ISQOLS Distinguished Service Award. She has done a fantastic job in every role she assumed and ISQOLS is grateful for her hard work and dedication.

 

 

 

Dr. Phillips has written the following goodbye letter to the ISQOLS community:

 

 

Dear ISQOLS colleagues,

It has been a pleasure to serve as your president since 2013. We have made much progress together and it reminds me of a popular saying, "if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together." It's particularly relevant to our society of scholars, as we can accomplish far more together. There's never been a better time for quality of life and well-being research, or more need. Let's push forward to become even stronger, providing and sharing ideas, innovations, and research on how to achieve progress.

Invite your colleagues, students, and others to join us. As a society, we depend on members and their participation. Become involved by participating in a discussion group online (see our fantastic recently revised website for info),  presenting at our annual conference or organizing a session, sharing ideas and announcements of new publications on our website, and so on. There's many opportunities to engage.

I ask that you continue to support ISQOLS and as the new leadership team starts their term January 1, 2017, let's rally to build ISQOLS into even a stronger organization. Mariano Rojas will serve as president, and Jill Johnson will continue as our Executive Director, joined by several new board and Executive Committee members. We have achieved much, thanks to the good work of our members, and have seen our society's journal become even more well-known and regarded. Allied book series have grown, and our members continue to generate cutting-edge research as reflected in a range of publications ranging from economics, psychology, sociology, planning and development, health, to public administration and policy. Let's keep this momentum and move forward together!

Rhonda Phillips, Ph.D., FAICP

Dean and Professor, Purdue University

ISQOLS President, 2013-2016

 

 

 

 

 



November 28, 2016

23RD INTERNATIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH SOCIETY CONFERENCE ISDRS 2017 BOGOTÁ REMINDER: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

bogota23RD INTERNATIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH SOCIETY CONFERENCE

ISDRS 2017 BOGOTÁ

REMINDER: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Abstracts Deadline: 31 December 2016

Dear colleagues

The Universidad de los Andes School of Management will host the 23rd Annual International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference (ISDRS 2017) on June 14-16, 2017 in Bogotá, Colombia.

This will be the first time this ISDRS Conference will be held in Latin America, hosted by a School of Management that has included sustainable development as a core theme in his own mission. The general theme of the Conference will be: Inclusiveness for sustainable development. This involves articulating academy, government, private sector and civil society for sustainable development.

We want to remind you to submit the abstracts of your current research in any of the different topics that will be addressed in the Conference (see themes and tracks). Feel free to circulate this conference invitation among your social and academic networks.

Deadline for abstract submission is 31 December 2016.

See: Themes and tracks here

See: Promotional video here

All info in: www.isdrsconference.org

Follow us on: Facebook and Twitter.

¡We look forward to see you in Bogotá!

Sincerely yours, 

Eduardo Wills (Chair)

International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference - ISDRS 2017

June 14-16, 2017 | Universidad de los Andes | Bogotá, Colombia



November 24, 2016

ISQOLS Annual Conference: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS (Innsbruck, Austria- September 28-30, 2017)

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International Society for Quality-of-life Studies

Exploring Happiness and Well-Being

 ISQOLS 2017 CONFERENCE

QUALITY-OF-LIFE:

TOWARDS A BETTER SOCIETY

Innsbruck, Austria

September 28th-30th, 2017

 http://www.isqols2017.org/

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.

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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/

Abstracts will be submitted to the different tracks of the conference. Submitting authors are requested to carefully check the entire list of tracks to ensure they submit to the most appropriate track.

Each track will be chaired by two or more track chairs appointed by the Scientific Committee. The track chairs will assess the submissions within their tracks. The Scientific Committee has the final decision on the inclusion of abstracts and on the final presentation format and time.

Deadline for the abstract submission is February 14th, 2017.

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

 We are looking forward to receiving your contributions.

 Mariano Rojas                                              Stefan Höfer

ISQOLS, president 2017-18          Chair local organizing committee

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November 10, 2016

Graduate Research Assistant: PhD in Integrating Ecosystem Services and Human Wellbeing Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Human Dimensions Lab Oregon State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Corvallis, OR

Graduate Research Assistant
PhD in Integrating Ecosystem Services and Human Wellbeing
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Human Dimensions Lab
Oregon State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Corvallis, OR

The Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife lab at Oregon State University is seeking an outstanding PhD student to contribute to applied research on multicriteria, cumulative impact decision tools that facilitate integrating human wellbeing and ecosystem services in natural resource planning. The student will be funded by an EPA grant to work with the Puget Sound Partnership in Washington State, a Postdoctoral scholar, and Dr. Biedenweg at OSU. The student will be expected to play an active roll in community-based collaborative research and project management. She or he will receive 3 years of Research Assistantship and 1 year of teaching assistantship and will develop and implement a project-related dissertation in collaboration with Dr. Kelly Biedenweg.

Start date: Spring or Fall of 2017

Funding: 3 years of RA and 1 year of TA that covers tuition, benefits and stipend

Expectations:
1. Design and conduct original, empirical research on multivariate, cumulative impact decision analysis that integrates ecosystem services and human health and wellbeing in the Puget Sound

2. Work with existing regional groups to integrate human wellbeing and ecosystem services into Puget Sound restoration planning

3. Teach one E-Campus course per year in Communications or Multicultural Perspectives in Natural Resource Management

4. Co-author ~1 manuscript every two years with Dr. Biedenweg

5. Submit proposals to obtain addition research funding support

6. Follow departmental guidelines to meet graduation requirements in about 4 years

7. Spend a minimum of one year in the Puget Sound region to conduct research and facilitate the project

8. Already have a completed M.S. in relevant field

To apply:
Please send a CV with the names of 3 references and a 3-4-page research proposal describing (in general) the research you would like to conduct, including hypotheses/questions, methods, justification, and intended products. Competitive proposals will align with the overall project objectives. Send all materials to Dr. Kelly Biedenweg, Kelly.biedenweg@oregonstate.edu, by January 9, 2017.

Further Information about the Puget Sound Partnership’s Vital Signs
http://www.psp.wa.gov/vitalsigns/index.php

Further Information about Proposed EPA Project

Objectives

1. Conduct community-engaged Cumulative Impacts Assessments with 5-9 communities in the Puget Sound. Summarize generalizable tools, lessons learned, and performance metrics for common strategies that could impact ecosystem services and human wellbeing.
2. Test the factors under which communities are willing and able to use Cumulative Impact Assessments and existing data to include ecosystem service and human wellbeing considerations in natural resource planning.

Experimental Approach
Work with 5-9 community groups in the Puget Sound to develop conceptual models and cumulative impact assessments using one of four tools, existing social and ecological data, results from prior stressor assessments, and quantitative and qualitative interaction measures. Use participant observation, interviews and a survey with group participants to assess the factors that influenced group decisions to use existing data and integrate human wellbeing and ecosystem services into action planning.

Expected Outputs
1. Conceptual models and cumulative impact assessments of Puget Sound Vital Signs that can be integrated into a Puget Sound Atlantis model

2. Best practices for integrating diverse types of data to assess cumulative impacts across ecological and human wellbeing objectives

3. Local Ecological Restoration plans for 5-9 regional groups that consider ecosystem services and human wellbeing in addition to ecological outcomes.

4. Identified tradeoffs and consequences of potential restoration strategies for both human and ecological health

5. Demonstrated psychological, social and institutional factors that support the engagement and use of data by communities, state agencies, and researchers




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