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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)

December 27, 2017

ISQOLS International Conference Proposal to Host

The Conference Committee of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS) invites interested organizations to submit a proposal for hosting future ISQOLS Conferences. Hosting the conference can provide considerable exposure regarding quality of life in the area. Further, holding the conference can provide an economic stimulus to the area as well as opportunities to gain recognition for the sponsoring organization.


Proposal and Application

ISQOLS Conference Description:

ISQOLS conferences typically attract about 300-400 attendees, and the conference is held over a three-day period (four days including the pre-conference workshops) and includes an opening session and reception, multiple sessions in which attendees present their research, a keynote luncheon, and a closing awards dinner. We strive to keep registration fees affordable, yet we also must realize revenue from the conferences to support ISQOLS as a nonprofit scholarly society.

Conference Host Selection Process:

The conference selection is a two-part process. First, an interested local host committee should submit a proposal via the application below.

Next, the committee will invite complete proposals from groups who make especially strong proposals. It is crucial that ISQOLS conferences be self-supporting, held in a site with easy or low-cost air access, affordable housing options, and meeting space with minimal costs. Because the costs should be kept low, we encourage submissions from host organizations partnering with universities or other institutions where low or no cost meeting space and affordable housing options are available. After completed proposals are received, the committee will negotiate a memorandum of agreement detailing conference specifics with the host organization.

After the Executive Committee selects the proposal, we will finalize details and clearly outline responsibilities for the organizing committee. Please submit proposals by January 30th, 2018. The intent is to rotate through the major regions – Europe, North America, Asia, and South America or Africa – on a regular basis. Our intent is to have a three-year schedule of conferences identified for ISQOLS.

  • 2019- Granada, Spain
  • 2020- Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 2021- Available, Deadline for submission is January 30, 2018
  • 2022- Available, Deadline for submission is January 30, 2019

All interested organizations should examine the “Guidelines for Hosting the ISQOLS  Conference” document provided. We invite and encourage your submission!



Questions? Contact:



December 2, 2017

Call for Unpublished Papers for Psychological Well-Being and Longevity Meta-Analysis

Subject: Call for Unpublished Papers for Psychological Well-Being and Longevity Meta-Analysis


Dear Colleagues,

We are conducting a meta-analysis examining the effects of subjective well-being on longevity/mortality. We are seeking any unpublished reports of such findings and data sets in which these variables were measured in a prospective manner, though not reported in a published work. To be included, studies must:

1)   Be a prospective/longitudinal study design

2)   Include a measure of psychological well-being (e.g., happiness, positive affect, life satisfaction, optimism) at an early time-point

3)   Have a subsequent (not just simultaneous) measure of mortality rates

If you have any work fitting with this request, PLEASE contact Samantha Heintzelman via email, sjh9f@virginia.edu, by January 17, 2018., and send us a reference for the publication.

Thank you,   Ed Diener and Samantha Heintzelman

November 16, 2017

FREE Webinar: December 8th! What does Intentional Communities got to do with Quality-of-Life? A talk connecting the dots between the human brain, happiness and how we choose to live together.

What does Intentional Communities got to do with Quality-of-Life? 

A talk connecting the dots between the human brain, happiness and how we choose to live together.

9 AM

Bjørn Grinde, author and researcher, will speak about the links between quality of life, the human brain and intentional communities. During this webinar, he will explain what intentional communities are, how he came to research them, and why they are of interest to him for research purposes. He will discuss the trial and joys of conducting research projects with intentional communities, and his findings  about quality of life and the human brain, as well as directions for future research.


Bjørn Grinde received his education in natural sciences, psychology, and anthropology from the University of Oslo; he also holds doctorates in Science and Philosophy. He is presently a senior scientist at the Division of Mental and Physical Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Previously, he has served as a scientist and professor at leading universities in Norway, USA, and Japan. A primary focus of his research has been to understand the process of evolution, particularly how it has formed the human brain and our capacity to enjoy life. He has written several books, including Darwinian Happiness (The Darwin Press, 2002; 2nd Edition, 2012); God—A Scientific Update (The Darwin Press, 2011); The Biology of Happiness (Springer Verlag, 2012); and Improving the Human Zoo (The Darwin Press, 2015). Together with Professor David Sloan Wilson at Binghamton University, NY, he is engaged in research on intentional communities.


Click to Download Webinar Flier

October 30, 2017

Register now! *FREE* ISQOLS Webinar, November 3rd, “How an Activist Researcher became a Cartoon Character: HyperCapitalism, Values, & Quality of Life

Join ISQOLS for our third FREE webinar, presented by Tim Kasser, Professor & Chair of Psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

Laura Musikanski, of the Happiness Alliance, and Jill Johnson, Executive Director of ISQOLS will be moderating and hosting.

How an Activist Researcher became a Cartoon Character:  

HyperCapitalism, Values, & Quality of Life

NOVEMBER 3, 2017

10 am, Pacific Standard Time


(registration required!

Email office@isqols.org to register)

Since the mid-1990s, Tim has been writing scientific papers, chapters, and books on values, well-being, materialism, and consumer capitalism.  In the mid-2000s, he began actively trying to help non-profit organizations put this research literature to use in their campaigns and communications.  These experiences led him to become increasingly interested in ways of reaching diverse groups while still maintaining his role (and integrity) as a scientist.  Because cartooning is a medium quite successful in reaching many people,  he decided to collaborate with a well-known cartoonist, Larry Gonick, and, together, write a book that uses the scientific literature on values and well-being to explain and critique HyperCapitalism, as well as to present alternatives to this system.  This webinar will describe the process we went through in creating the book and give examples of how to present scientific results in a visually compelling, and sometimes funny, way.


Guest Speaker:
Tim Kasser is Professor & Chair of Psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.  He has authored over 100 scientific articles and book chapters on materialism, values, and quality of life, among other topics.  After the publication of his first book, The High Price of Materialism, he was named a Distinguished Research Fellow by ISQOLS in 2003.  In early 2018, he will release his fifth book, co-authored with the cartoonist Larry Gonick, and titled Hypercapitalism: The Modern Economy, Its Values, and How to Change Them.  In addition to his academic pursuits, Kasser consults frequently with activist groups who work against the commercialization of children and who encourage a more inwardly rich lifestyle than what is offered by consumerism.

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