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  • 28 Feb 2024 4:49 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Emerald Publishing is committed to sharing content and

    SDG-aligned research that makes a real and positive impact

    on people and planet. A founding signatory to the United

    Nations SDG Publisher Compact, Emerald has established a

    range of thematic goals to guide its strategy one of which is

    A Fairer Society.

    Each year Goal Advisor Professor Wendy M. Purcell, together with Emerald Publishing, select a

    topic to explore what it means to become a fairer society and moves to invite experts around the

    world to share their insights. The topic is also used to curate related research papers and books.

    Past topics have included human flourishing, stewardship, livable cities, volunteerism, fairness

    across generations, and trust.

    For 2024, the theme for A Fairer Society is Quality of Life. This is in line with UN-Habitat’s

    work in this area.

    You are invited to contribute a blog, vlog, short think piece, or commentary

    on Quality of Life for A Fairer Society.

    A world that leaves no one and no place behind is a world where everyone’s quality of life

    provides for their needs and enables them to realize their potential and aspirations. What does

    this mean to you and your work? What do we need to do and/or stop doing? What will it take for

    us to get from here to there? Can quality of life be a global ambition, realized locally for all?

    The deadline for receipt is April 9, 2024. Please send of your draft to marked ‘FAIR QALY’. Accepted submissions will post on

    Emerald’s A Fairer Society site in June 2024.

    In addition, UN-Habitat is inviting you to express your interest to participate in the seventh

    season of the Global Urban Lectures which will also focus on the Quality of Life. The Global

    Urban Lectures is one of UN-Habitat’s most popular knowledge products in which experts

    deliver a 15-minute lecture on themes related to sustainable urbanization. We are looking for

    speakers working on innovative applied research that relates to improving quality of life in cities,

    from across disciplines such as (but not limited to) – urban planning, behavioral economics,

    public health, food systems, psychology, and environment. Please submit your interest via this

    form by March 25, 2024: Kindly reach out to or if you have any question on the UN-

    Habitat Global Urban Lectures series.

    Read more: 

    A Fairer Society Quality of Life Call.pdf

  • 24 Feb 2024 3:14 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

     Congratulations to ISQOLS member, Kuba Krys and colleagues on the recent paper, published in the American Psychologist, which briefly discusses ISQOLS' important role in facilitating collaboration with researchers from regions that are often overlooked. Please find the paper attached, you can find more information on page 10

    WEIRD–Confucian Comparisons: Ongoing Cultural Biases in Psychology’s Evidence Base and Some Recommendations for Improving Global Representation Kuba Krys1 , Igor de Almeida2 , Arkadiusz Wasiel1 , and Vivian L. Vignoles3 1 Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences 2 Institute for the Future of Human Society, Kyoto University 3 School of Psychology, University of Sussex

  • 1 Jan 2024 1:05 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    2023 ISQOLS Year in Review

    The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies has been dedicated to promoting happiness, wellbeing, and quality-of-life research since 1995. As we enter our 29th year of operation, let us reflect on the incredible work that has been accomplished by our organization. ISQOLS strives to be a home for researchers, scholars, practitioners, and those with a genuine desire to enhance and improve the lives of those around us. May each of us enter this new year with renewed optimism, curiosity, and focus. We hope you continue to feel at home with ISQOLS in 2024 and beyond. Happy New Year and cheers to 2024!

    Read the 2023 ISQOLS Year in Review Summary here: 

    2023 Year in Review ISQOLS.pdf

  • 27 Nov 2023 12:46 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Call for nominations for the ISQOLS 2024 Best Dissertation Awards. 1st prize: $1500 USD, membership, journal access, and 2024 conference registration. Submission deadline: January 31. Learn more at:

    Best Dissertation Award


  • 26 Jul 2023 1:42 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    The Argentine Olympic Committee celebrated its 100th anniversary and organized the "Argentine Sports, Physical Education and Health Congress: a strategic alliance for active societies committed to improving the quality of life", which took place on July 5 and 6 at the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.

    Dr. Graciela Tonon, ISQOLS Vice President of Publications, gave the opening keynote lecture on Quality of Life in the 21st Century. Likewise, she was appointed as an expert collaborating member in the Society and Active Life Commission, which is one of the commissions in which the Argentine Olympic Committee is organized.

  • 26 Feb 2023 5:43 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Handbook of Positive Youth Development. Advancing Research, Policy and Practice Applications in a Global Context, Springer

    2022 Outstanding Social Policy Book Award by the Society for Research in Adolescence

    2022 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award, American Psychological Association, APA by the International Psychology Division (52) to the authors of the book that makes the most significant contribution to psychology as a global discipline.


    This handbook examines positive youth development (PYD) in youth and emerging adults from an international perspective. It focuses on large and underrepresented cultural groups across six continents within a strengths-based conception of adolescence that considers all youth as having assets. The volume explores the ways in which developmental assets, when effectively harnessed, empower youth to transition into a productive and resourceful adulthood. The book focuses on PYD across vast geographical regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, North America, and Latin America as well as on strengths and resources for optimal well-being. The handbook addresses the positive development of young people across various cultural contexts to advance research, policy, and practice and inform interventions that foster continued thriving and reduce the chances of compromised youth development. It presents theoretical perspectives and supporting empirical findings to promote a more comprehensive understanding of PYD from an integrated, multidisciplinary, and multinational perspective.




    Radosveta Dimitrova, PhD2

    Associate Research Scholar

    Docent, Associate Professor of Psychology

    Department of Psychology

    Stockholm University

    Stockholm, Sweden


  • 26 Feb 2023 5:41 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Radosveta Dimitrova on winning the 2022 PROSE Book Award Winner for Psychology and Social Work, Association of American Publishers for: Roma Minority Youth across Cultural Contexts: Taking a Positive Approach to Research, Policy and Practice, Oxford University Press; 

    This book explores Positive Youth Development (PYD) in Roma ethnic minority youth. Standing apart from current volumes, this book focuses on the Roma ethnic minority — one of the most marginalized and oppressed minority groups in Europe — and on strengths and resources for optimal well-being in the community. The international and multidisciplinary contributors to this book address the complexities of Roma life in a variety of cultural settings, exploring how key developmental processes and person-context interactions can contribute to optimal and successful adaptation. The conclusions clarify how the PYD of ethnic minority children and youth may be fostered based on the empirical findings reported in the volume. The book draws on core theoretical models of PYD and theories of normative development from the perspective of developmental science to highlight the applicability of these frameworks to Roma groups. With a special focus on cultural, contextual, and socio-economic characteristics of Roma, this project also aims to provide a better understanding of what does and what does not contribute to the success of youth in oppressed minority groups.

  • 29 Jan 2023 2:42 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Prof.Dr. Fouad Beseiso Scientific Contributions in Jan.2023 Green Economy as a refuge in Adapting to Climate Change Human disastrous Impacts

    My Contribution

    Prof.Dr. Fouad Beseiso Scientific Contributions in Jan.2023

    Green Economy as a refuge in Adapting to Climate Change Human disastrous Impacts

    As a founder and active member I participated in the Arab Society for Economic Research (ASFER) in its initiated first public lecture of its scientific and cultural season for the year 2023, presented by Prof. Dr. Atef Coprusi, Professor Emeritus of Economics at McMaster University, Canada, and Board Member in the Arab Society for Economic Research. This lecture which has been presented on 25/1/2023 gave illustrations on "The challenges and human disastrous impact of climate change on Arab countries development and the potential for sustainable development in light of the twenty-seventh Egypt Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27)"

    I gave some comments related to the green economy role and its determinants related to the production aspects with relation mainly to the financial sector led by Central Banks in playing its human sustained role in adapting to the climate changes.

    I refer in the following to some of the main addressed issues related to the lecture topic and my contribution to this issue.

    First: Dr. Kobrosi highlights:

    Climate Change and Arab Development

    As the climate change has been emerging as a basic human wellbeing crisis impacting even the political, economic and social stability on national, regional and international basis, issues of adapting to the disastrous human impact caused by the climate change have become a priority for national and global action programmes.

    Climate disasters increase political and social instability, and increase economic and financial imbalances, in addition to reducing per capita income, job opportunities, and growth.

    Arab countries are suffering more than the world standards of suffering from the climate changes. Following indicator gave illustration on this serious climate change and environmental crisis.

    • ·       Fresh Water use exceeds 400%of the available renewable fresh water. More 70%of water is used in agriculture and it is often inefficient.
    • ·       The costs of adaptation are less than the climate change caused.
    • ·       The cost of rising sea levels is about $27per meter in Egypt (without adaptation) while it is about $1.96 billion in Tunisia. The costs of averted sea level rise are estimated at $21 billion in Egypt and $1.2billion in Tunisia.
    • ·       Arab countries are witnessing the effects of global climate change. Annual temperatures have increased by about 1.5C in the past three decades which is double the global average increase (0.7c) over the same period.
    • ·       The inability of non-oil Arab countries to finance the development of appropriate adaptation programmes.  The intensity of climatic pressures leads to many human and material damages.  It also exacerbates the problem of land degradation (desertification, salinization), as well as water pressures and rising sea levels.

    Second: My comments

    • ·       Role of Financial System led by Central Banks

    As the climate change has been emerging as a basic human wellbeing crisis, a revolution on the traditional economic sciences which had been based upon the objective of maximizing material wealth, produced a newly human economic thought directed to the human moral economy designed for human sustained development which resulted in the birth of green economic system.

    The concept of 'green economy' refers to economic activity and growth that aims to achieve sustainable development taking into account the reduction of environmental risks and the scarcity of environmental resources. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) defines a green economy as "a system of economic activities that will improve the quality of human life in the long term, without exposing future generations to environmental risks or serious ecological scarcity."

    Analysts and experts expect that the development of the green economy and changing unsustainable consumption patterns will lead to economic growth in the public and private sectors, as building a green economy is a path towards achieving sustainable development that includes social, environmental and economic development as a whole.  Near-term environmental investments positively impact environmental wealth, employment opportunities and social services in the long term.

    • ·       The financial sector may contribute fruitfully to the measures taken within adaptation policies for climate changes as well as for integrating environmental pillar into sustained development. This role should be led by central banks as the main defined authority for supervision and banking financing regulations, thus issue regulatory directions favoring financing green investments while avoiding financing investments producing detrimental impact on the climate heat. Central bank’s monetary policy related to reserve requirements is a main tool in these cases.
    • ·       Role of Capital Markets: Designing effective incentives for pollution control requires an understanding of what determines the environmental performance of industrial enterprises. Earlier research on agents that may exert pressure on enterprises to improve their environmental performance has shown that capital markets, including in such countries as Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and the Philippines, react to news relating to a firm’s environmental performance (World Bank, 2005). But do the reactions of capital markets, reflected in lower market values, and then induce enterprises to improve their environmental performance?

    Environment pillar and children education and culture

    As education and culture play a leading role in society's civilized and socio-economic progress and human well-being, their role as played for environmental pillar inclusion into sustained human development seems to suffer many education and cultural gaps, mainly in relation to planting the seeds of environmental protection into the minds and behavioral actions and morals of humans beginning with their childhood. As we have a wise common saying states " knowledge in childhood is like engraving in stone " and as the sustained long-term environmental protection need for sustained human well-being, these conceptual as well as practical determinants justify strongly the feasibility of instituting environment as educational, Knowledgeable and cultural issue for children in all of their life stages including the pre and during the primary education stages.

    Prof. Dr. Fouad H. Beseiso

  • 29 Jan 2023 10:58 AM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    ISQOLS 2023 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

    The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship is intended to support one postdoctoral candidate conducting research in quality-of-life, happiness, and/or wellbeing studies.

    The ISQOLS 2023 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow is Dr. Emma Pleeging

    Dr. Emma Pleeging is a senior researcher and project coordinator at the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation (EHERO) at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her work focuses on the role of positive experiences such as happiness and hope in society, organizations and for individuals.


    ISQOLS Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

  • 29 Jan 2023 10:57 AM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    2023 ISQOLS Prize for the Best Dissertation on Quality-of-Life, Well-being, and Happiness

    The International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS) calls for nominations for the “2023 ISQOLS Prize for the Best Dissertation on Quality-of-Life, Well-being, and Happiness.” The deadline for nominations is January 31st, 2023.

    The aim of the prize is to promote the activity of young researchers working on quality-of-life, happiness, and well-being issues. All dissertations that have been successfully defended during the two calendar years prior to the award deadline are eligible for consideration.

    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 21st ISQOLS conference that will be held in August 2023 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.


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