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 is January 31st, 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 member student’s advisor or the scholar most familiar with the student's research must send the nomination. Nominations must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title “Dissertation Award Nomination” in the subject line. The deadline for the nomination is January 31st, 2024.
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.
Winners will be notified by April 30th, 2024.
2023 Award recipients:
1st prize: Veronica Vienne “Essays on Well-being and the Environment”.
2nd price (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 price (honorable mention): Alba Aza, “Longitudinal study of quality of life in people with acquired brain injury"
2022 Award recipients:
“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”
“Memory and Subjective Well-Being. Empirical Analysis of Workers' and Consumers' Endogenous Recall Behaviors”
“Losing memory, losing meaning? Towards a deeper understanding of meaning in life in older adults with Alzheimer’s disease.”
2021 Award recipients:
Subjective well-being and economic and political conditions in Latin America
Quality of life in children and youth with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability
An investigation into the relationship between subjective well-being and (relative) wealth in Germany
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:
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
David B. Newman
"The Dynamics of Well-Being in Daily Life: A Multilevel Perspective"
Download here: David Newman Dissertation.pdf
Yu Heng Kwan
“Quality of Life of Patients with Spondyloarthritis”
Download here: Yu Heng Kwan Dissertation.pdf
2019 Award recipients:
"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
"Migrant Happiness Insights into the broad well-being outcomes of migration and its determinants"
Download here: Martijn Hendriks Dissertation.pdf
"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 Well‐Being and Quality of Life for Granted? An Empirical Study on Social Protection and Disability in South Africa”
Christian Kreke: "Evaluating the Non-Monetary Impacts of Major Events, Infrastructure, and Institutions"
Kelsey O'Connor: "Three essays on social policy: institutional development, and subjective well-being as a cause and consequence of labor market outcomes."
Lilian Jans-Beken: "Appreciating Gratitude: New Perspectives on the Gratitude – Mental Health Connection"
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”
Eric Trevan: "The Influence of Import Substitution on Community Development as Measured by Economic Wealth and Quality of Life"
2012: George Mackerron
2009: Melania Calestani
2007: Anke C. Zimmerman
2006: Michael F. Steger
2004: Karen Hwang
2003: Peggy Schyns
2001: Eunkook M. Suh
2000: Sirpa Sarlio-Lahteenkorva