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2024 ISQOLS Best PhD Dissertation Award on Quality of Life, Well-being, and Happiness

The International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS) calls for nominations for the “2024 ISQOLS Prize for the Best Dissertation on Quality-of-Life, Well-being, and Happiness.” The deadline for nominations was February 29, 2024.

The aim of the prize is to promote the activity of young researchers working on quality-of-life, happiness, and well-being issues in the applied areas of social sciences. All dissertations that have been successfully defended during the two calendar years prior to the award deadline are eligible for consideration. Resubmissions of unsuccessful nominations from prior years are welcome, as long as the dissertation defense date remains within the period of eligibility. Dissertations which have been awarded in the previous year are not allowed to be submitted again. Dissertations must be written in English.

The nomination letter should be written in English and it should include the following information : 

      The title and abstract of the dissertation;

      The name of the candidate;

      The name of the candidate’s primary advisor;

      The name of the institution where the dissertation was defended;

      The date of the dissertation defense;

      A two page summary of the significance of the dissertation research. Nominations should explain the precise nature and merits of the work.

      An electronic copy of the full dissertation in Word or .pdf format;

      A list of publications produced from the dissertation work.

ISQOLS awards the best dissertation with a lump sum of $1,500 USD, one-year free membership to ISQOLS, one-year free access to the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life Studies, and free registration to the 22nd ISQOLS conference that will be held in June 2024 in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

To further promote the research on quality-of-life, well-being, and happiness, ISQOLS may award up to five second best candidates who will receive a lump sum of $300 USD, one-year free membership to ISQOLS, one-year free access to the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life Studies, and free registration to the 22nd ISQOLS conference.                                                                                                                                 

The submissions will be reviewed by a committee chaired by ISQOLS’s Vice-President of Academic Affairs.

Successful candidates will receive their prizes at the concluding ceremony of the 22nd ISQOLS conference. They are expected to present a summary of their work during a special session of the conference or at a special webinar to be facilitated by ISQOLS.  Successful candidates are also expected to acknowledge ISQOLS in their publication. 

2023 Award recipients: 

1st prize: Veronica Vienne “Essays on Well-being and the Environment”.

2nd prize (jointly):

Leonie Steckermeier “Autonomy and the good life. Toward a better understanding of the inequality of perceived autonomy and its significance for individual life satisfaction.”

Chris Swerts, “Towards a better understanding of the quality of life of adolescents in youth care : the development of the Quality of Life in Youth Services Scale (QOLYSS)”

3rd prize (honorable mention): Alba Aza, “Longitudinal study of quality of life in people with acquired brain injury"

2022 Award recipients: 

First Place:

Caspar Kaiser

“Four essays on applied and methodological issues in the study of subjective life satisfaction”

Second Place:

Emma Pleeging

“Understanding hope. Insights into the definition, relevance and measurement of hope from an interdisciplinary perspective”


Alberto Prati

“Memory and Subjective Well-Being. Empirical Analysis of Workers' and Consumers' Endogenous Recall Behaviors”

Honorable Mention: 

Laura Dewitte

“Losing memory, losing meaning? Towards a deeper understanding of meaning in life in older adults with Alzheimer’s disease.”

2021 Award recipients: 

First Prize:

Lucía Macchia

Subjective well-being and economic and political conditions in Latin America

Second Prize: 

Lucía Morán

Quality of life in children and youth with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability


Antje Jantsch

An investigation into the relationship between subjective well-being and (relative) wealth in Germany

Honorable Mention: 

Susanne Elsas

Satisfaction as an outcome, as a means, and as a cause 


Jessica Dávalos Aceves

The Impact of Economic and Social Context Over Human Well-Being in Latin America

2020 Award recipients: 

First Prize:

Mariana Filipa da Silva Amorim

"Quality of life in parents of very preterm infants: insights from family integrated care"

Download here: Mariana Filipa da Silva Amorim Dissertation .pdf

Second Prize: 

David B. Newman

"The Dynamics of Well-Being in Daily Life: A Multilevel Perspective"

Download here: David Newman Dissertation.pdf

Honorable Mention: 

Yu Heng Kwan

“Quality of Life of Patients with Spondyloarthritis”

Download here: Yu Heng Kwan Dissertation.pdf

2019 Award recipients: 

First Prize:

Jennifer Gerson 

"Social media use and subjective well-being: An investigation of individual differences in personality, social comparison and Facebook behaviour"

Download here: Jennifer Gerson Dissertation.pdf

Second Prizes:

Martijn Hendriks

"Migrant Happiness Insights into the broad well-being outcomes of migration and its determinants"

Download here: Martijn Hendriks Dissertation.pdf

Efstratia Arampatzi

"Subjective Well-Being in Times of Crisis, Evidence on the wider impact of economic crises and turmoil on subjective well-being"

Download here: Efstratia Arampatzi Dissertation .pdf

ISQOLS recognizes these other submissions: 

Sarah Dickerson: “Psychological well-being and Health Gains in the Developing World: Evidence from Peru and Malawi.”

Isabella Bertmann: Taking WellBeing and Quality of Life for Granted? An Empirical Study on Social Protection and Disability in South Africa” 

Isabella Bertmann Dissertation.pdf

Christian Kreke: "Evaluating the Non-Monetary Impacts of Major Events, Infrastructure, and Institutions"

Christian Krekel Dissertation.pdf

Kelsey O'Connor: "Three essays on social policy: institutional development, and subjective well-being as a cause and consequence of labor market outcomes."

Kelsey O'Connor Dissertation.pdf

Lilian Jans-Beken: "Appreciating Gratitude: New Perspectives on the Gratitude – Mental Health Connection"

Lillian Jans-Beken Dissertation.pdf

Lara Sofia Nascimento Palmeira:"When weight stigma gets under the skin: The development of Kg-Free – a new integrated acceptance, mindfulness and compassion-based group intervention”

Lara Palmeira Dissertation.pdf

Eric Trevan: "The Influence of Import Substitution on Community Development as Measured by Economic Wealth and Quality of Life"

Eric Trevan Dissertation.pdf



Past Recipients:

2012: George Mackerron

2009: Melania Calestani

  • Honorable Mention: Adrian John Tomyn; Mehrdad Mazaheri

2007: Anke C. Zimmerman

  • Honorable Mention: Monica Gonzales

2006: Michael F. Steger

  • Honorable Mention: Ralph Kober; Cathy Rozel Franworth

2004: Karen Hwang

  • Honorable Mention: Marjan Drukker; Shannon Michele Suldo

2003: Peggy Schyns

  • Honorable Mention: Kyungmi Kim

2001: Eunkook M. Suh

  • Honorable Mention: Whitney Boling; Janet Davis Neal; Jiyeon Park; Ann P. Turnbull; Nansook Park

2000: Sirpa Sarlio-Lahteenkorva
1998: Barbara Ann Sherman
1997: Martha Kay Parker

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