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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).



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




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




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





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




Innsbruck, Austria

September 28th-30th, 2017


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.


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


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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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

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

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.

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

September 28, 2016

Call for Papers IARIW-BOK Conference on “Beyond GDP: Past Experiences and Future Challenges in the Measurement of Economic Well-being,” April 26-28, 2017, Seoul, Korea

Call for Papers: IARIW-BOK Conference on “Beyond GDP: Past Experiences and Future Challenges in the Measurement of Economic Well-being,” April 26-28, 2017, Seoul, Korea

The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) and the Bank of Korea invite submissions for an international conference entitled “Beyond GDP: Past Experiences and Future Challenges in the Measurement of Economic Well-being” that will take place in Seoul, Korea April 26-28, 2017. The objective of this conference is to advance the  debate on the measurement of economic well-being measurement, both at the macro and micro levels, through an examination of past experiences and the identification of future challenges.

Papers are invited that contribute to a discussion of the following issues, among others:

  • Do objective and subjective indicators of well-being show the same patterns across groups and over time and if not, what can account for these differences?
  • Should the measurement of well-being be based on the extension of the SNA or are other approaches needed? If the former path forward is more appropriate what SNA-based enhancements would provide useful information on well-being developments?
  • How can income and wealth inequality considerations be best integrated into well- being measurement?
  • How can well-being metrics and frameworks capture challenges to the sustainability of living standards from, for example, an ageing population, and to the sustainability of ecosystems from greenhouse gases?
  • What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of composite measures of well-being versus dashboards of indicators in shedding light on well-being trends or cross-national differences?
  • Can statistical sources at the individual or household level (sample surveys, administrative archives) cope with the challenges posed by the collection of diverse data on the multiple dimensions of well-being (income, health, social connections, etc.)?
  • What are the conceptual issues raised by multidimensional measurement of well-being? Which solutions have been adopted in the past about the selection and weighting of dimensions, the indicator metrics, and statistical indices?
  • What are the implications for policy-making of shifting the focus from GDP to alternative measures of well-being? Does this raise new challenges in terms of communication to the general public?

A program committee chaired by Andrea Brandolini (Bank of Italy) and composed of experts in the well-being research area and oversee the development of the conference program.  The other members of the committee are Sabina Alkire (George Washington University and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative), Albert Braakmann (Federal Statistical Office of Germany), Teakyoung Cho (Bank of Korea), Hyunbae Chun (Sogang University), Andrew Clark (Paris School of Economics), Martine Durand, (OECD), and Lars Osberg (Dalhousie University).

The IARIW will provide financial assistance to paper givers on a needs basis. Selected papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of the Review of Income and Wealth.

Persons interested in presenting a paper at the conference are asked to submit a proposal of less than 1,000 words at http://iariw.org/paper_submission2017korea.php. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2016.

Additional information on the conference can be found at www.iariw.org/proposalkorea2017 or by contacting IARIW Executive Director Andrew Sharpe at info@iariw.org


September 22, 2016

New Good Life Index: free access

New Good Life Index: free access

Dear ISQOLS members,

we have published a new research article in World Development which can be accessed for free:

Jan Delhey & Leonie C. Steckermeier (2016): The Good Life, Affluence and Self-reported Happiness: Introducing the Good Life Index and Debunking Two Popular Myths


  • We propose an individual level Good Life Index, based on Skidelsky and Skidelsky (2013).
  • This GLI covers health, security, friendship, respect, leisure, and self-development.
  • Using data from the 2012 EQLS we test and falsify two major claims of the theory.
  • Europeans’ quality of life is enhanced by national affluence.
  • The basic goods exert a positive influence on subjective well-being.



Anyone who clicks on the link will be taken to the final version of our article on ScienceDirect for free. No sign up or registration is needed - just click and read! Please note that the link is valid until October 15, 2016.

September 11, 2016

ARQOL: Call for Papers for a Special Conference Issue

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

A publishing opportunity for participants in the 2016 ISQOLS Conference (“Bridging quality-of-life experiences from East to West”)

Applied Research in Quality of Life is the official Journal of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (www.isqols.org).

Special issue(s) of ARQOL will be compiled from papers presented at the 2016 ISQOLS conference. The conference theme is “Bridging quality-of-life experiences from East to West”. While special issue(s) will represent papers from across disciplines and perspectives, it is anticipated that the conference theme will be addressed when possible.

1.    If enough papers from the conference are submitted, ARQOL will create a special issue based on the conference papers.

2.    If colleagues are interested, they can propose special issues based on conference papers.

To submit your paper, follow the online instructions at http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/wellbeing+%26+quality-of-life/journal/11482. When submitting your paper, note that it is for the 2016 ISQOLS Conference Issue. For more information on the conference issue, contact any of the 2016 Conference Committee members, or Daniel Shek (daniel.shek@polyu.edu.hk) Editor. Instructions for publishing a special issue in ARQOL can be seen below.

If you would like to instead organize your own special issue for ARQOL, please see the following instructions:

Instructions to Prepare a Special Issue for Applied Research in Quality of Life


  1. Colleagues who are interested to publish a special issue of Applied Research in Quality of Life should send a Special Issue proposal to the Editor-in-Chief. The proposal should contain the following information:
  • A brief introduction about the Guest Editor(s) and the related CV(s)
  • Scope and objectives of the Special Issue
  • Proposed papers in the Special Issue
  • Proposed time line


  1. Once approval is given by the Editor-in-Chief, the Guest Editor(s) may start inviting submission for the Special Issue.


  1. Each paper should be reviewed by at least TWO independent referees invited by the Guest Editor(s). The Guest Editor(s) will then process the manuscripts (e.g., invitation for revision, acceptance and review …etc.) according to the review reports of the reviewers.


  1. For each paper, the author must ask a native English speaking editor to edit the English of the final version of the paper.


  1. ARQOL only publishes papers with high academic quality. As such, the Guest Editor(s) should ensure that the papers accepted should meet the international standard and they are on par with papers published in the regular issues of ARQOL.


  1. When the whole review process is completed, the Guest Editor(s) should submit the following items to the Editor-in-Chief:


  • Final version of the manuscripts
  • Reviewer reports for each paper
  • Editorial decision letters (including those for revisions and acceptance)


  1. Once the Editor-in-Chief receives the materials in #6, he will go through the materials to ensure that the Special Issue papers are of high academic quality and the papers have been processed in a professional manner. If the quality assurance process suggests that the Special Issue has been professionally prepared and the papers are of high academic quality, the Editor-in-Chief will accept the Special Issue for publication and inform the authors accordingly.







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