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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
Editor: Graciela TononPublish 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: email@example.comFor more information about the series: http://www.springer.com/series/8365
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
CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (EJBSS)
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.
These may be qualitative or quantitative, empirical or theoretical in nature and can discuss completed research findings or work in progress.
Case studies are welcomed illustrating business and management research methods in practice.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 email@example.com
European Journal of Business and Social Sciences
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
23RD INTERNATIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH SOCIETY CONFERENCE ISDRS 2017 BOGOTÁ REMINDER: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
ISDRS 2017 BOGOTÁ
REMINDER: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
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 .
All info in: www.isdrsconference.org
¡We look forward to see you in Bogotá!
Eduardo Wills (Chair)
| Universidad de los Andes | Bogotá, Colombia
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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
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
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
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.firstname.lastname@example.org, by January 9, 2017.
Further Information about the Puget Sound Partnership’s Vital Signs
Further Information about Proposed EPA Project
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.
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.
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