January 2018 Member Highlight: Graciela Tonon
Director Master Program in Social Sciences and CICS-UP Universidad de Palermo, Argentina.
Director UNICOM, Quality of Life Research Program, Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora, Argentina.
ISQOLS Vice-President of External Affairs
ISQOLS Board of Directors
1. Describe your background, experience, and research as it relates to Quality-of-life studies. Feel free to describe this in detail.
Since 2000 when I participated for the first time in the International Conference of ISQOLS at Girona I decided to be a member of ISQOLS, so I joined ISQOLS at 2001.
In the academic field I began to include QOL topics in the courses I teach in different academic programs of universities of Latin American countries, for instance at Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora : Community Social Work and QOL of Children and Youth in Risk. At Universidad de Palermo, Argentina : Research Methodology in Social Sciences and QOL Research in Political Sciences. I have a course particularly dedicated to the QOL studies in the Master Program of Social Sciences I direct at Universidad de Palermo in Argentina and in the Doctoral Program in Psychology in the same university.
In relation with research methodology I direct UNICOM a Center of Social Studies at Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora, Argentina and CICS-UP a Research Center in Social Sciences at Universidad de Palermo, Argentina, in both cases the teams I direct develop research dedicated to QOL field.
2. What initially attracted you to the field of quality-of-life studies?
First and as social worker I discovered that the field of QOL studies allows me to consider conjointly objective and subjective dimensions of people´s lives and in this sense it is very important to go on in the solution of their problems. Second as a professor and researcher I discovered that QOL give me the possibility of make a relation between the micro and the macro points of view using different kind of methodologies, integrating methods in research.
3. What are some areas of quality-of-life studies you feel are lacking attention? Any advice for future QoL researchers?
Yes I am thinking in it all the time, I am the Editor of the International Handbooks of Quality of Life Series, Springer, since 2014 and at the same time and since 2007 I am Editor of the Book Review Section of the Official Journal of ISQOLS Applied Research in Quality of Life so I am exploring new topics in relation with QOL that I consider important for the future generations as: inequalities, sustainability, insecurity, artificial intelligence, new technologies, between others.
4. How long have you been a member of ISQOLS? Why did you choose to be a member of ISQOLS? How has your involvement in ISQOLS impacted your career/research/advancement in your knowledge of QoL studies?
As I told you before I have being member of ISQOLS since 2001 ( 17 years) and my involvement in ISQOLS impacted very positively in my career and my research. Since this moment I have different positions in our organization: Board of Directors ISQOLS since 2005, Vice president of Professional Affairs ISQOLS 2007-2008, Chair Latin-America ad-hoc Committee 2009-2010, Vice-president Membership-Publicity (2011-2012) and currently Vice-President of External Affairs (2013-2019).
During all these years at ISQOLS I met extraordinary people to whom work together in different projects and share different dreams for our organization. At the same time I find generous teachers from whom I continue learning and I want to thanks: Richard Estes, Alex Michalos, Joe Sirgy, Rhonda Phillips.
5. Feel free to include any other important comments or things you'd like to share with the ISQOLS community.
Finally I want to share with all of you what make me feel very happy, it is the honour of receiving the ISQOLS Distinguish Service Award For Substantial Contributing to a Better Understanding of Quality of Life Studies in 2016, I will always remember this special day in Seoul with all my ISQOLS´ colleagues.