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ISQOLS Annual Conference: Rotterdam 25-28, August 2020

The 18th Conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies

August 25th – August 28th / Rotterdam, the Netherlands


The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) ( is holding its 18th conference in the thriving city of Rotterdam, home of the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization (EHERO) ( The theme of the conference is “Towards a People-First Economy: A World to Win”. Confirmed keynote speakers are Arnold Bakker (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Joanna Coast (Bristol), and Jan-Emmanuel de Neve (Oxford University).  In addition, Ruut Veenhoven (Erasmus University Rotterdam) will give a special plenary lecture before the conference dinner.

Call for Workshops

On August 25th, there is the opportunity to organize a workshop for conference participants. Workshops have an educational character and cater to the PhD and postdoc community at ISQOLS. Please send an e-mail to if you would like to organize a workshop before February 15th.

Call for Symposia

There is the possibility to organize a symposium (i.e. special sessions) at ISQOLS 2020. Please send an e-mail to before February 15th if you would like to organize a symposium at the ISQOLS2020 conference. Subsequently, the symposium will be added to the online submission system. Please note that all participants in a symposium have to submit their abstract via this online submission system ( and all abstracts will still be subject to review by the scientific committee.

Call for Abstracts for Papers and Posters

Abstracts for papers and posters dealing with scientific research or best practice examples in all areas in quality-of-life, well-being and happiness are highly welcomed and need to be submitted via EasyChair: Abstracts have to be submitted by the presenting author. Submitting authors should choose one topic or symposium in which they want to submit the abstract. In case authors are not submitting to a specific symposium, they are requested to carefully check the entire list of topics (see below) to ensure they submit to the most appropriate topic.

Deadline for the abstract submission is February 15th, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be e-mailed to the presenting author by February 28th, 2020.

There is no fixed format for abstracts, but abstracts are typically not longer than 250 words. We only ask you to submit an abstract; submitting the full paper alongside the abstract is optional.

The presenting author of accepted abstracts has to be registered for the conference to be included in the conference program. We are looking forward to receiving your contributions.

Topics ISQOLS Conference

Topic 1: Cultures and the History of Well-being

Tracks: Understandings of well-being. Well-being across cultures. History of well-being. Religion, spirituality and well-being.

Topic 2: Well-Being in the World and in Regions

Tracks: Arctic Circle. Africa. Asia. “Takashi Inoguchi Endowed Track on Quality of Life and Well-being in East Asia”. “Mahar Mangahas Endowed Track for the Advancement of Quality of Life and Well-Being in Southeast Asia”. Oceania. Middle East. Latin America. Caribbean. North America. Western Europe. Eastern Europe.

Topic 3: Well-Being in Different Populations

Tracks: “The Daniel Shek-Wofoo Foundation Endowed Track for the Advancement of Adolescent Quality of Life Research”. “The Kenneth C. Land Endowed Track on the Advancement of Quality of Life and Well-Being of Children”. Disabled. Elderly. “The Elizabeth Eckermann Endowed Track on Gender and Quality of Life”. Migrants. Refugees. The Poor. The Rich. “The Ronald E. Anderson Endowed Track on the Alleviation of Human Suffering”.

Topic 4: Methodological Issues in the Study of Quality-of-life, Happiness and Well-Being

 Tracks: Big data. Causality issues. Composite indices. Conceptualizations. Database handling. Measurement of quality-of-life. Modelling. Psychometrics. Qualitative research. Quantitative methods. Surveys.

Topic 5: Applied Research in Well-Being

Tracks: Business and marketing. Education. Environmental. Financial. Health. Housing and neighbourhood. Pharmacology and health care. Recreation and using of leisure time. Traveling and tourism. Urban planning and policies.

Topic 6: Disciplinary Approaches to Well-Being, Happiness and Quality-of-life

 Tracks: Anthropology. Biology. Ecology. Economics. Education. Medicine. Neuroscience. Philosophy. Political science. Psychology. Sociology. Social work.

Topic 7: Promoting Well-Being: Public Policy and Development

 Tracks: “The Rhonda G. Phillips Endowed Track for the Promotion of Community Development and Community Well-Being”. Human development. Poverty alleviation. Sustainable development and sustainability. Social development. "The M. Joseph Sirgy Endowed Track on Well-Being and Policy".

Topic 8: Beyond GDP. New Understandings and Measures of Progress

Tracks: Measuring the performance of societies. New understandings of progress in societies and how to measure it.

Topic 9: Philanthropy. Volunteerism and Well-being

Tracks: Volunteerism. Altruism. Philanthropy.

Track A: Economics of Happiness

Track B: Consumer Finance and Well-being



The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies(ISQOLS) is an international society whose purpose are to promote and encourage research in the field of quality-of-life (QOL) studies. Established in 1995 by a group of academic colleagues who have long engaged in quality-of-life research, ISQOLS became an interdisciplinary and professional home that binds scientists doing quality of life or well-being research in the basic and applied social and behavioral sciences.


The Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization (EHERO) is a scientific institute where happiness is studied. Happiness is defined as the subjective enjoyment of one's life as a whole. The mission of EHERO is to contribute to greater happiness for a greater number of people. EHERO does this by providing evidence based knowledge about happiness, with the aim of promoting better informed choices throughout society, be it at the level of governments, organizations or individuals. EHERO provides knowledge in three ways: 1) by gathering existing knowledge, 2) by developing new knowledge and 3) spreading knowledge. EHERO is based in the Erasmus School of Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Erasmus University Rotterdam ( Erasmus University Rotterdam (Dutch: Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam [is a public university located in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The university is named after Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, a 15th-century humanist and theologian. Erasmus University Rotterdam is a world-class research university. It is globally recognised for high-quality education and research, and it ranks 70th in the Times Higher Education World Rankings 2019.

The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS)




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