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  • 26 Jan 2020 9:57 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    We are looking for candidates with a documented interest in well-being or development economics research. With proof of econometric skills and statistical/mathematical knowledge. Candidates pursuing research in a field related to the organisation of well-being and sustainability are of particular interest. Within this field of research, the School of Economics can offer opportunities to partake in various research projects collaborating with universities in New Zealand and Europe. Research potential will be the key selection criterion, and the successful candidates are expected to carry out research suitable for publication in highly ranked international peer reviewed journals.  

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  • 23 Jan 2020 11:27 AM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) was established in 1995, making 2020 our 25th year anniversary! Our success and longevity as an organization would not be possible without the generous support, time, and work done by all of our members and community. 

    To commemorate this milestone, we are offering a special Anniversary T-shirt to anyone who makes a donation in the amount of $25 USD or more to the ISQOLS Education Travel Grants. Travel grants provide funds for students from developing countries to attend the 2020 Conference in Rotterdam, Netherlands (August 25-28). 

    To make your contribution, please visit and select "Education Travel Grant" as your choice for your donation. A confirmation email details will be sent to you upon receipt of your donation. 

    Questions? email: 

  • 15 Jan 2020 3:09 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Artificial Intelligence and Community Well-being: A Proposal for an Emerging Area of Research

    Laura Musikanski1 & Bogdana Rakova2 & James Bradbury1 & Rhonda Phillips3 & Margaret Manson4

    Received: 25 June 2019/Accepted: 17 December 2019/ # Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

    Abstract We are calling for a new area of research on the nexus of community well-being and artificial intelligence (AI). Three components of this research we propose are (1) the development and use of well-being metrics to measure the impacts of AI; (2) the use of community-based approaches in the development of AI; and (3) development of AI interventions to safeguard or improve community well-being. After providing definitions of community, well-being, and community well-being, we suggest a definition of AI for use by community well-being researchers, with brief explanations of types and uses of AI within this context. A brief summary of threats and opportunities facing community well-being for which AI could potentially present solutions or exacerbate problems is provided. The three components we propose are then discussed, followed by our call for cross-sector, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and systems-based approaches for the formation of this proposed area of research.


  • 28 Dec 2019 4:06 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Prof. Fouad Beseiso Member of ISQOLS Latest Scientific Contribution on Happiness Economics

    Prof. Beseiso joined the Arab Economic Conference on “ The  Arab Development Between Current Challenges and the 4th Industrial Revolution Realm “  Which has been organized by The Arab Economic Research Society, the Arab Planning Institute in Kuwait and the Arab Union of Chambers of Commerce in Beirut - Lebanon .The Conference was held in Beirut-Lebanon on 13-14 December 2019 . Dr. Beseiso contributed to the conference with a research Paper on “The Role of The Socio-Economic, Political and Moral System Arising From The Economics of Happiness In Approaching Successfully The 4th Industrial Revolution “ . At the final session of the conference The Arab Economic Research Society while celebrating its 30th founding anniversary awarded its Founding members honoring Accolades. Prof. Beseiso was one of these Economists who enjoyed the Society Honoring. The Conference was attended by highly practisional Arab Economists who contributed through their research papers and discussions a deep analytical views towards the main question on  how to manage successfully  the various requirements of the forth Industrial Revolution.

  • 25 Nov 2019 9:11 AM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)


    Western Economic Association International


    Denver, Colorado, June 26–30, 2020

    Keynote Addresses by

    Maurice Obstfeld, UC Berkeley,

    and John Shoven, Stanford

    International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies

    sponsored conference sessions

    Organized by

    • Kelsey J. O’Connor, STATEC Research (Luxembourg)
    • Francesco Sarracino, STATEC Research (Luxembourg)
    • Malgorzata Switek, University of Southern California

    Present a Paper

    If you are interested in presenting a paper on the

    economics of happiness, please send your paper title,

    abstract, list of authors, and contact information to by January 17, 2020.

    Authors of accepted papers will be notified by January

    31, 2020.

    Chair a Session

    Give others the benefits of your expertise and help foster

    the exchange of ideas. If you are interested, send your

    complete contact information to

    ISQOLS WEAI Sponsored Conference Sessions.pdf

  • 27 Oct 2019 3:09 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    The Journal of Well-being and Leisure in Africa (JWLA) is a scientific, blind peer-reviewed journal, which elicits anonymous reviews of a high standard.

    The Journal of Well-being and Leisure in Africa (JWLA) is a scientific, blind peer-reviewed journal, which elicits anonymous reviews of a high standard. JWLA is an open access journal and is licensed by Creative Commons Attribution International. The JWLA accepts manuscripts from the African continent as well as within the international context from the broader Social-, Economic & Management- and Natural (health) Sciences.

    The JWLA is devoted, but not limited to research in:

    - Well-being (happiness, satisfaction with life, quality-of-life, and life domains) and
    - Leisure (leisure well-being) in its broadened form.

    The outcomes should focus on:

    - Well-being as a multidimensional concept, and
    - JWLA furthermore encourages a multidisciplinary approach, from the perspective of individuals, communities and society.

    Publication is:

    -  Annually, with multiple volumes. 

    Learn more at:

  • 22 Oct 2019 1:10 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    My Latest Quality-of-Life related Works to Share with ISQOLS Community

    Takashi Inoguchi

    Institute of Asian Cultures

    J. F. Oberlin University (Tokyo)

    *I acknowledge gratefully the comments made by Prof. Richard J. Estes on an earlier draft of this piece.

    Since I was given the honor of delivering the Alex Michalos Lecture at the 2017 ISQOLS annual conference at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Inoguchi, 2017), two developments have taken place in my quality of life related research. One is the revised enriched publication of my lecture in Hong Kong.

     These more recent findings are reported in the forthcoming book chapter:

    Takashi Inoguchi, "An evidence-based typology of Asian societies: What do Asian societies look like from the bottom up instead of top down?" in Takashi Inoguchi, ed., The Sage Handbook of Asian Foreign Policy, vol.2, London: Sage Publications, forthcoming in February 2020. 

    My theoretical typology of societies has two key merits: (1) evidence-based; and, (2) bottom up. In the author's view, this typology is unique, original and innovative in that daily life satisfaction is taken up to construct the characteristics of a society whereby cross-national comparative measures determine the various social, political, and economic dimensions of individual society. I have attempted to identify adequate public policy scheme in the United Nations 'Sustainable Development Goals' project--one of my current interests that overlap with the typology’s various dimensions. I explain why my scheme would be immensely helpful. Thirty-seven sustainable development goals need the good grasp of people's satisfaction with daily life in sixteen domains (housing, standard of living, household income, health, education, job, friendships, marriage, neighbors, family life, leisure, spiritual life, public safety, conditions of the environment, social welfare system, democratic system) on top of the empirical reality of developmental achievements and prospects.

    Examining selected aspects of various UN Sustainable Development Goals reports convinces me of the need to know where people--neither the national government and its relevant bureaucratic agencies nor UN and international specialized organizations, nor business--are dissatisfied and therefore seeking advice as to how to prioritize the attention and advice of the national government, UN agencies, businesses. People's real dissatisfactions here and there are gauged by grass-roots-level opinion polls. Otherwise, UN SDGs will end up with the highly technocratic exercise.

    Fortuitously, The Financial Times (FT) calls a better form of capitalism, which points to the same weakness as the UN SDGs scheme, i.e., stakeholder capitalism with those holding stocks reigning supreme. FT says: “The long-term health of free enterprise capitalism will depend on delivering profit with purpose. Companies will come to understand that this combination serves their self-interest as well as their customers and employees. Without change, the prescription risks being far more painful." "Free enterprise capitalism has shown a remarkable capacity to reinvent itself. At times, as the historian and politician Thomas Babington Macaulay wisely noted, it is necessary to reform in order to preserve. Today, the worlds has reached that moment. It is time for a reset." (Financial Times, September 16, 1919).

    In the UN SDGs case, largely forgotten at least in the UN SDG documents are people, especially popular dissatisfaction about quality of life as manifested in their daily life. We focus on East Asia where our expertise lies in terms of the availability of a number of polls of quality of life such as those led by Takashi Inoguchi, Noriko Iwai, and Ryozo Yoshino.

    The second is the extension of quality of life studies on a global scale. The book, coauthored with Lien T.Q. Le and entitled:

    Takashi Inoguchi and Lien T.Q. Le, The Development of Global Legislative Politics: Rousseau and Locke Writ Global, Springer, forthcoming in November 2019.

    What has driven the earth on which a liberal world order has been flourished since World War II? We contend that it is the growth of multilateral treaties. If Jean-Jacques Rousseau's and John Locke's social contract ideas are writ global under digitalized globalization, global quality of life can be gauged surrounding a bunch of global quasi-social contracts, i.e., 511 multilateral treaties, as of 2019. On the basis of them the liberal world order has struggled, survived and thrived until recently because they are 'transformative' in the sense that joining them encourages both domestic and global improvements of quality of life among joiners on a global scale. At home sovereign states must see to it that the direction and distribution of citizens' preferences whether it is about parental authority, or about intellectual property rights, or about nuclear ban. If domestic laws contradict with clauses of a proposed treaty, one may start to work toward revising the concerned domestic law or leave it unrevised and opt for not joining the concerned multilateral treaty. At the same time one has another front. Beyond your society, one may watch international environments concerning the concerned multilateral treaty. If you feel strong affinity about culture, identity, religion, history and geography with a certain group of states, you may be inclined to tilt your treaty decision about a concerned treaty to a certain group of states. If you feel that a concerned treaty falls in the policy domain, say, health and  labor, in which your society may not be confident to sustain the WHO's international standards immediately soon, you may a s well opt for joining but with some reservations attached as to compliance with the WHO's multilateral treaties. The point here is that multilateral treaties are intrinsically tied with both domestic and external engagements whereby your sovereign state must juggle, jostle and struggle to secure your own interests and priorities and at the same time it must see to it that your external environments may not be triggered to be metamorphosed by your disharmonious unilateral moves and that your inattention to the "red lines" of those states that stand hegemonic to your country as far as alliance and defense policy. Here important to note is that our scheme does neither presume the salutation of the Westphalian model where a sovereign state stands as if to say that I stand higher than thou nor the acceptance of the extreme model of globalization whereby liberalism sweeps every intermediate organizations out beneath a pure global market. Implicit trust matters in the whole process of joining and together implementing a bundle of global quasi-social contracts.

    For the next few years I now envisage a little optimistically to write two books. One is:

    Takashi Inoguchi, Eight Types of Asian Societies: Bottom Up and Evidence-Based (in preparation).

    and the other is:

    Takashi Inoguchi and Lien T.Q. Le, The Birth and Development of Global Legislative Politics: East Asia in Focus (provisional title)

    With the proofing processes of the two forthcoming books being about to end, as of September 2019, I thought that I might as well share a reflective and prospective piece for the better communications with ISQOLS community.

    Click to learn more about Takashi Inoguchi.

  • 19 Oct 2019 4:56 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    The Handbook of Quality of Life in African Societies  published in the International handbooks of Quality of Life Series is being written about on the United Nations Academic Impact website!


    Congratulations to the editor, Irma Erloff, and the editor for the series, Graciela Tonon! 

  • 18 Oct 2019 1:30 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    The Fall 2019 Social Indicators Network News (SINET), the official newsletter for ISQOLS, is available now to read now. Click on the link below to read: 

  • 2 Oct 2019 1:03 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Advancing the Research on Resiliency: Fostering Resilient Outcomes for Youth


    Children and adolescents today are increasingly faced with adversity, including poverty, chronic exposure to violence, and traumatic life events. The ability to thrive despite these significant stressors—or being “resilient”—has been a focus of interdisciplinary research spanning the past several decades. Resiliency theory focuses on the “protective processes” both within the individual and their environmental circumstances.1 Despite the complexity of these processes, research suggests that resilience can be learned and schools can play an essential role in the development of resilient skills among youth.2


    Much of the research to date has focused on contextual factors such as parent and school relationships. Comparatively fewer studies have focused on specific internal attributes or processes that enable youth to thrive even in the face of adversity. Further, most of the research is correlational. There is a need to understand the efficacy of evidence-based interventions to promote resiliency in youth.


    School Psychology invites authors to submit empirical studies evaluating universal or targeted school-based interventions aimed at promoting resiliency or teaching resilient skills among school-aged youth. We are especially interested in studies that utilize rigorous research designs to empirically evaluate short- and long-term outcomes. Studies that address the sustainability of these intervention in school settings and the role of the school psychologist in their delivery are especially encouraged.


    The deadline for initial submission is October 15th, 2019. Any questions related to this special section can be addressed to Stephanie Fredrick (   


    1Luthar, S. S., Cicchetti, D., & Becker, B. (2000). The construct of resilience: A critical evaluation and guidelines for future work. Child Development, 71, 543-562.


    2Forbes, S. & Fikretoglu, D. (2018). Building resilience: The conceptual basis and research evidence for resilience training programs. Review of General Psychology, 22, 452-468.  

    Call for Papers Advancing the Research on Resiliency.docx


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