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April 17, 2015

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Applied Research in Quality of Life (ARQOL)

Call for Papers
Ageing and Quality of life in the context of family changes
Prospectus for a Special Issue of Applied Research in Quality of Life

Applied Research in Quality of Life, the official journal of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS), invites submissions for a special issue on Ageing and Quality of life in the context of family changes. The special issue is based on a V International Gerontology Colloquium 2014 organized by the  Faculty of Social Studies and Work that was held at the University of Malaga, November 20– 21, 2014.

However, submissions are also invited from authors who did not attend the workshop.

The process of population ageing is already a universal phenomenon (Ince, 2014; Leeson, 2013; 2014). Life expectancies at birth have increased all over the world. This development will generate an unprecedented increase of the group of centenarians (those of 100 years old and over). At the same time the numbers of the family members are reducing. In this context this special issue seek to contribute to the reflection about the socio-demographic, institutional, economic and psychological effects in the context of the family changes and it relations with the quality of life of the individuals (not only the old adults but those at any stage of life).
The ageing process involves an increase in the vulnerability of the people due to their greater physical and psychological fragility. The changes involving aging not only affect the individual but the society as a whole. In this sense the interest in the study of ageing and the quality of life takes on a special dimension when it brings us to reflect on the role of the family members in this process, and even more when this crucial institution (the family) is experiencing important changes all over the world. Despite the importance of this topic there are few studies addressing this theme.

This edition will try to offer a reflection of both dimensions the subjective and the objective ones taking into account the role that the members of the family play in the quality of life of the elderly. This issue pretends to contribute to a better knowledge of the older adult quality of life from a multidimensional dimension (demographic, urban development, sociological, psychological, economical, health) without forgetting the interest that an introspective reflection approach will add to a better knowledge of the life of older adults. A special attention to the role of the family members in the generation of well-being and quality of life in the socioeconomic context of the welfare states crisis.

Therefore, the main objective of this monograph is to explore the different dimensions of well-being and quality of life of older people from a interdisciplinary and inter-regional perspective.  This analysis examines the association between health, family relationships, household type, social policies, welfare regime and quality of life and well-being in different territorial contexts.

Organization of the Special Issue

Consequently, the special issue of Applied Research in Quality of Life will feature articles on these topics:

1) The development of a theoretical framework on population ageing, family changes and QOL of older people.

2) The development of indicators that address specific situations associated with QOL in older people.

3) The development of methodologies that allow to analyze specific problems of older people associated with QOL in different countries.

4) The development of comparative evidence of how public policies and welfare regime could be enhanced by QOL of older people

5) The development of approaches to study how family networks and family changes  affect the QOL of older people in different contexts.

6) The development of empirical and theoretical approaches to study the involved factors in QOL of older people such as demographic change, urban development, family and societal context,  psychological status,  social and care policies, economical situation, health status.

Authors interested in submitting a manuscript should submit full paper to review, according to the timetable outlined below.

Specifications and Timeline
Submission full paper deadline:  June 15, 2015

Submission guidelines: maximum of 30 double-spaced pages in 12-point. Times New Roman font, formatted in APA style

Reviewer feedback: October 15, 2015

Revisions: December 15, 2015

Completion and transmission of special issue for production and further processing: January 2016

Please send submissions for final papers to: ageingqol@gmail.com

Social Indicators Research Series, Vol. 57 – New Volume

The new volume 57 of Social Indicators Research Series, "A New Research Agenda for Improvements in Quality of Life"

by Filomena Maggino is now available on SpringerLink (ToC).

Social Indicators Research, Vol. 122, Issue 1

Social Indicators Research, Volume 122 Number 1 "Religion, Spirituality and Health: A Social Scientific Approach" is now available at SpringerLink (ToC).


Journal of Happiness Studies, Vol. 16 No. 2

Journal of Happiness Studies, Volume 16 Number 2 is now available on SpringerLink (ToC).

2015 ISQOLS Conference advertised in ARQOL

SPRINGER has incorporated conference info on the journal’s homepage (http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/wellbeing+%26+quality-of-life/journal/11482), first tab – whereby anyone interested will also be able to download the ISQOLS flyer, and get extra information on ISQOLS via a link to the society’s homepage. At the same time the “call for papers” will be included  in the upcoming 2 issues (or at least the issues which will appear before the conference).

Next to this SPRIGNER will create TOC inserts in related QoL journals. This will guide anyone subscribed to TOC alerts of the journal and related QoL journals, to the conference, thus generating awareness for the event.

This will lead to more participants as well!



April 2, 2015

THE QUALITY OF LIFE CONFERENCE: The Future of Quality of Life, ISQOLS 2015

Call for Papers

Download Call for Papers [pdf]

Contact: isqols2015@gmail.com

The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) along with our co-host, Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation invite researchers from all disciplines, policy makers and practitioners from across the globe to participate in the 2015 Quality of Life Conference “The Future of Quality of Life.” We invite you to join an exciting convening of quality of life thinkers October 15 – 17, 2015 in exciting Phoenix, Arizona. Join us as we explore ideas, new approaches, and innovative thinking about dimensions of quality of life that impact us all. The Sonoran Desert environment is a stunning place to convene, and symbolic of many issues facing areas around the world – immigration and inclusion, climate change and issues of resources, rapid urbanization and fascinating cultures intersecting in one of the US’s largest cities. See more details about the topics, sessions, fees, and publication opportunities with ISQOLS’s journal and book series at www.isqols.org.

ISQOLS is a multidisciplinary society encouraging the pursuit of quality of life studies and application. This international group convenes regularly to share ideas and findings, and actively supports the dissemination of findings and thoughts via its journal and newsletter, Applied Research in Quality of Life, and Social Indicators Network News as well as its allied publications (see www.isqols.org/resources/publications ). We encourage scholars and practitioners from all disciplines and perspectives to join us to promote quality of life globally via research, policy, and partnerships.

Conference Theme and Topics:

Our theme is “The Future of Quality of Life” and we welcome papers from all related disciplines. Submissions on issues of quality of life, well-being, happiness and any dimension of quality of life are welcome. Are we in the best of times, or entering an age of intolerance? What about the impacts of longevity or climate change? What are the implications for quality of life?

Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations

  • Foundations for quality of life and happiness
  • Views on quality of life in new philosophical approaches (e.g., capability approach, new realism)
  • New impacts of neurosciences and behavioral sciences on quality of life
  • Preservation of living conditions and intergenerational justice
  • Art and Culture: Philosophy, Experience and Quality of Life

Empirical Applications

  • Causes and consequences in happiness and quality of life
  • Social indicators – instruments for the improvement and preservation of quality of life
  • Living conditions, life domains, and quality of life over the life cycle

Methods, Measurement and Assessments

  • Statistical methods and multidimensional applications for measurement of quality of life
  • New survey methods for the measurement of happiness and quality of life
  • Qualitative methods to study quality of life
  • Databases, techniques, and sources

Place-based and Global Quality of Life

  • Quality of life in the local and regional environment including community well-being, planning, and development
  • Trends in poverty, inequality and the distribution of living conditions in cross-national perspectives
  • Global and regional impacts (increasing world population, global economics, climate change, limits of resources, immigration, border conflicts) on the distribution of living conditions within and between countries

Current Issues

  • Topics of special interest include, but are not limited to, social intolerance and justice, sustainability and resilience, employment, community, immigration, history of well-being, as well as the meaning of quality of life in the future.
  • Enhancing quality of life – the role of philanthropy, public, private and social sectors
  • Beyond Gross Domestic Product – review of debates and agenda for action
  • Applications and approaches for improving living conditions



How to Submit Your Proposal or Session

Please submit your proposed abstract of approximately 200 words with a list of 3-5 keywords using the online submission site at www.isqols.org/call-for-paper-submission-form/. If you intend to organize a session, please indicate on the form. For sessions submit a 500 word proposal along with a list of potential papers. All submitted abstracts and session proposals will be reviewed by the ISQOLS members organizing the conference. There will be opportunities to submit your paper for publication consideration in a special issue of our journal as well as book volumes in our series with Springer.

Important Dates:

Conference Date: October 15-17, 2015

Submission of Abstracts: April 1 - May 15, 2015

Announcement of Acceptance: May 30, 2015

Registration Opens: May 15, 2015


Visiting Phoenix and Arizona:

Phoenix Skyharbor International Airport provides direct service and connections from numerous cities, with light rail connections to our conference venue. The Renaissance Hotel is located in vibrant downtown Phoenix offering plenty of choices in restaurants and cultural venues. We have a special conference rate of $119 per night, see information about the hotel and location at http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxbd-renaissance-phoenix-downtown-hotel/. We will hold our opening session and reception at the renowned Heard Museum of American Indian Art & History http://heard.org/. An optional tour to the Grand Canyon will be available on October 18. Come explore the spectacular vistas of Phoenix and Arizona, visit http://www.visitphoenix.com/index.aspx for a sample of the exciting options!

Reserve your hotel room for the conference at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/ISQ2015. A special group rate of $119 is available, (regular rates are over $330!). Use the link above or call 1-800-309-8138 to reserve. The Renaissance Phoenix Downtown is right on the light rail, with easy connections to the airport and is located in the middle of the restaurant and cultural district. All reservations must be made by September 23, 2015 to receive the group rate.



2015 Quality of Life Conference Committee:
Ron Anderson, University of Minnesota
Andrew Clark, Paris School of Economics
Scott Cloutier, Arizona State University
Patsy Kraeger, Arizona State University
Kai Ludwigs, Happiness Research Organization
Rhonda Phillips, Purdue University


International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) Executive Committee:

Rhonda Phillips, President (USA)
Mariano Rojas, President Elect (Mexico)
Denis Huschka, Executive Director (Germany)
Robert Cummins (Australia), Richard Estes (US), Wolfgang Glatzer (Germany)
Filomena Maggino (Italy), Valerie Moller (South Africa), Past Presidents
Ferran Casas , Vice President of Professional Affairs (Spain)
Andrew Clark, Vice President Finance (France)
Peter Krause, Vice President of Programs (Germany)
Don Rahtz, Vice President of Publications (US)
Jose de Jesus Garcia Vega, Co-Vice President of Publicity/Membership (Mexico)
Graciela Tonon, Vice President of External Affairs (Argentina)
Ming-Chang Tsai, Co-Vice President of Publicity/Membership (Taiwan)
Giampaolo Nuvolati, Vice President of Academic Affairs (Italy)
Joseph Sirgy, Co-Vice President of Development (USA)
Richard Estes, Co-Vice President of Development (USA)




Submit your paper abstract at: www.isqols.org/call-for-paper-submission-form/

March 19, 2015

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