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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


Please feel free to share this info with your professional network





January 27, 2018

You’re invited! ISQOLS 2018 Pre-conference site visit to Social Weather Stations, Manila, Philippines!

You're invited! ISQOLS 2018 Pre-conference site visit to Social Weather Stations, Manila, Philippines!

The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies invites you to attend the pre-conference site visit at the Social Weather Stations Headquarters in Manila, Philippines from June 11th-13th! Attendees will enjoy a presentation, "Quality of Life in the Philippines- the SWS Social Weather Reporting System" at the SWS Knowledge Center, followed by a guided afternoon city tour, and dinner provided by ISQOLS. The following day, participants will depart Manila for Hong Kong (2.5 hour flight) for the 2018 ISQOLS International Conference (June 14-16). The pre-conference site visit program fee ($300 for members/$320 for non-members) covers lodging and planned activities (see full details below). To register, please visit isqols.org/manila. Registration deadline is: March 16th. Questions? contact: office@isqols.org

SWS Manila 2018 pre conference flier

International conference on Policies for Happiness and Health Department of Political Economy and Statistics University of Siena

International conference on Policies for Happiness and Health

Department of Political Economy and Statistics
University of Siena
Siena, Certosa di Pontignano, March 19-21, 2018

Over the past few decades research documented that, in the long-term, increasing income has little
or no effect on people’s satisfaction with their lives. On the contrary, other aspects, such as social
relationships, seem to have durable effects on well-being. This evidence challenges the economic
policy paradigm that emphasizes income as the main driver to better lives.
Which economic and social policies can enhance well-being? How do policies for well-being differ
from traditional ones that target redistribution, growth, and the correction of market inefficiencies?
Are there dimensions of well-being neglected by traditional policies?

Special sessions on Health and Happiness
This conference will pay particular attention to health issues. A considerable amount of research
has been devoted to the impact of psycho-social factors such as happiness, social relationships and
inequality on health and longevity. What implications does this have for health policies? Can policies
aimed at increasing happiness, social capital or income equality, improve health and lower
healthcare expenses? Are such policies a possible new frontier for preventive health care?

Topics of the conference
This is an interdisciplinary conference welcoming contributions from every field of social sciences
including, but not limited to, economics, sociology, psychology and political sciences. We especially
welcome papers on the following topics:
 Economic growth and well-being over time;
 The causes and consequences of subjective well-being;
 Policies for durable well-being;
 The role of inequality, social capital and sustainability for a happy growth;
 Economic consequences of promoting happiness;
 Wealth and happiness;
 Happiness and health care policies;
 The impact of happiness, social relationships and economic inequality on health and
 Immigration, health and happiness.

Keynote speakers
Jolanda Jetten, University of Queensland, Psychologist
Mariano Rojas, Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, Economist
Ruut Veenhoven, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Sociologist and Economist
Paper submission and deadline
To apply, please, submit an abstract complete with name of the author/s and a title to:
The deadline for application is 6
th of February 2018. We will notify the authors of accepted papers
by February 18th.
For more information, please, send an e-mail at: happinesshealthpapers@unisi.it
The website of the conference is available at the following address:
We look forward to welcoming you in Siena.
Scientific Board
Stefano Bartolini, University of Siena
Leonardo Becchetti, University of Roma Tor Vergata
Luigino Bruni, LUMSA University of Rome
Martijin Burger, Erasmus University of Rotterdam
Maurizio Pugno, University of Cassino
Mariano Rojas, Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla
Francesco Sarracino, STATEC and Higher School of Economics
Ruut Veenhoven, Erasmus University of Rotterdam

call for papers FINAL 3

Summer school in the Economics of Wellbeing at Warwick, 26-29, June 2018

6th Summer School on the Economics of Well-being Warwick Business School, University of Warwick Coventry, United Kingdom. 26-29, June 2018

One thing that unites different kinds of social scientists is a concern to understand the forces that affect
people’s well-being. What makes individuals happy? Can money buy happiness? Is our society moving in the right direction? What makes a happy workplace? How can policy makers make the whole country happier?
These are difficult questions, but they seem important to us as an individual. The Summer School is targeted at undergraduate and postgraduate students from the fields of economics, psychology, health, and social policy, as well as the general audience from the public and the private sectors who are interested in learning new theories and evidence in the economics and science of well-being. The School will take place at University of Warwick, United Kingdom. It will feature series of lectures by distinguished economists and behavioural scientists who have made significant contributions to the fields. The school will also be a platform for conversation among the lecturers and other participants with ample opportunities for discussions.

Matthew Adler Duke University School of Law
Gordon Brown Department of Psychology, the University of Warwick
Paul Frijters London School of Economics
Carol Graham Brookings Institution and the University of Maryland
Andrew Oswald Department of Economics, the University of Warwick
Anke Plagnol Department of Psychology, City University
Nattavudh Powdthavee Warwick Business School
Eugenio Proto Department of Economics, the University of Bristol
Alex Wood Stirling Management School

For information regarding registration, schedule, fees and accommodation please visit
For more details please contact: Sharon King, Group Coordinator, Behavioural Science Group, Warwick
Business School, email: summer.school@wbs.ac.uk
The deadline for the Summer School registration is 31 March, 2018.
Local information and detailed schedule will be provided to participants in due course.
Organizers: Nattavudh Powdthavee, Tigran Melkonyan, and Zvi Safra (Warwick Business School)
Co-organizers: Linda Donovan and Sharon King (Warwick Business School)

Summer School 2018 announcement (1)

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