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  • 9 May 2021 9:43 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Policies for Better Lives:
    Strategies for life satisfaction and human wellbeing

    The McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) is pleased to announce its 2021 annual conference “Policies for Better Lives: Strategies for life satisfaction and human wellbeing”. This on-line conference will take place in 2-hour sessions each Friday in May 2021 and features national and international expert panels, discussion and workshops. Panelists and participants are invited from research, policy and practitioner communities to share and discuss potential and current best practice in bringing evidence on life satisfaction to policy. Together they will evaluate bold candidate policy recommendations, assess their current feasibility, and identify key strategies for working across disciplines, jurisdictions and sectors to improve the experienced quality of life.  Please see the programme for the innovative structure of this sequence of discussions.  In addition, subjective wellbeing researchers in the ISQOLS community are invited to submit short policy proposal videos following the guidelines at https://wellbeing.research.mcgill.ca/BetterLives2021/submissions

    The Program and free registration are available at https://wellbeing.research.mcgill.ca/BetterLives2021

    Contact admincoord.ihsp@mcgill.ca or Chris.Barrington-Leigh@McGill.ca with any questions.



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  • 29 Apr 2021 11:08 AM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Regional and Urban Resilience in a Turbulent World – Perspectives from Aotearoa New Zealand Satellite Session of the World Congress of the Regional Science Association International, Victoria University of Wellington, Friday 28 May 2021

    The analyses of global challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, poverty, polarisation and political instability often provide international or national perspectives, but the impacts can vary considerably across cities and regions as well.

    The Regional Science Association International (RSAI), founded in 1954, is an international community of scholars who focus on the regional impacts of national and global processes of economic and social change. The 2021 World Congress of RSAI is a virtual conference to be held online May 25-28, 2021 hosted by the Moroccan section of RSAI. New Zealand scholars will contribute by presenting 8 papers in the afternoon and evening of Friday, May 28. The New Zealand event will be hosted by Victoria University of Wellington at Rutherford House. Up to 30 people, including presenters, can attend in person (with afternoon tea, dinner and drinks included; and as long as Wellington is at Covid alert level 1 or 2). An unlimited number from elsewhere in New Zealand can attend online (see below). Overseas conference participants can attend online through the RSAI conference website.

    Programme, Friday, May 28th 2021 (speakers indicated by *)

    4.00-4.30 pm: Welcome and afternoon tea, Mezzanine Floor, Rutherford House 4.30-6.30 pm: Session 1, Room MZ02, Rutherford House Paul Dalziel*, Geography matters for small advanced economies: the implications for an economic strategy. Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy*, Gail Pacheco & Kade Sorensen, The effect of upzoning on house prices and redevelopment premiums in Auckland, New Zealand. Graham Squires*, Hai Hong Trinh, Don Webber & Arshad Javed, The connection of rental and house price affordability measures in New Zealand. William Cochrane, Jacques Poot* & Matthew Roskruge, Vulnerable people, local labour market resilience and global shocks: New Zealand evidence from the Covid-19 pandemic and the Global Financial Crisis.

    6.30-8.00 pm: Dinner at the Thistle Inn for in-person participants 8.00-10.00 pm: Session 2, Room MZ02, Rutherford House Ilan Noy*, How do pandemics affect economic growth? Lessons from the 1968 H3N2 influenza and 2003 SARS. Philip S. Morrison*, Stephanié Rossouw & Talita Greyling, The impact of exogenous shocks on wellbeing. New Zealanders’ reaction to Covid-19. Daniel Exeter*, An examination of the distributional implications of the Covid-19 pandemic. Arthur Grimes*, Regional patterns of wellbeing through pandemic lockdowns.

    10.00-11.00 pm: Drinks at the Thistle Inn In-person registration (first 30 to register): $190 (includes afternoon tea, dinner and drinks) Online NZ registration: $45 (live streamed and/or video accessible afterwards) These registration fees give access to the New Zealand paper presentations only.

    To register, go to https://pay.wgtn.ac.nz/RSAI21 Registration for the full virtual World Congress Conference (May 25-28, online only) can be via http://regionalscience.org/2021worldcongress/index.html For inquiries, contact either Philip.Morrison@vuw.ac.nz or Jacques.Poot@waikato.ac.nz Registration closes Friday, May 21th 202

    RSAI World Congress NZ Satellite Conference 28 May 2021.pdf

  • 19 Apr 2021 1:46 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Papers for the Vienna Yearbook of Population Research (VYPR) 2022 Special Issue on “Demographic aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences”

    Due to the ongoing impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on academic and daily lives, the submission deadline has been extended until 31 May 2021. This allows to also welcome submissions focusing on the most recent trends in the demographic impact of the pandemic.

    The VYPR is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal without any fees, which has been published annually by the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences since 2003. It is addressing population trends as well as a broad range of theoretical and methodological issues in population research. The VYPR is indexed by SCOPUS, JSTOR, ROAD (Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources).

    Accepted papers will be published continuously online first. The printed volume with all contributions is scheduled for publication by end of 2022.

    Please find detailed information here: www.viennayearbook.org


  • 7 Apr 2021 4:40 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    APDU Workshop Series: Making the Best of the 2020 Census

    Virtual Workshop

    Town Halls: April 14 and May 12, 2021

    Trainings: June 16, August 18, and September 15, 2021

    Office Hours: Biweekly beginning June 9, 2021

    Price: Free

    Register Here

    Accurate statistics about 2020 will rely on much more than the decennial census data collection. Developing reliable data will require an understanding of challenges resulting from the pandemic, combined with greater use of non-traditional sources like administrative records. The solutions to these problems will impact how data is gathered going forward for a variety of purposes: education, housing, economic development, public health, and more.

    Register today for this series of town hall events and trainings. During this workshop series you will learn more about the quality of the data that state and local leaders rely on and how you can improve and supplement it.

    Town Hall #1: April 14, 2021 (3:00 – 4:00 PM ET)
    2020 Census was “Different” – A Rundown of Issues

    Facilitators:

    • Amy O’Hara, Research Professor, Massive Data Institute, Georgetown University
    • danah boyd, Principal Investigator, Microsoft Research & Founder, Data & Society

    With the COVID-19 pandemic, political interference, and disclosure avoidance concerns, this census was deeply impacted. Amy and danah will discuss what happened with the census, where we are now, what researchers are hearing from the Census Bureau, the updated timeline, and what the Census Bureau can still fix.

    Town Hall #2: May 12, 2021 (3:00 – 4:30 PM ET)
    Solving Data “Differences” – Assessing the Use Cases

    In this town hall, we will solicit your concerns and questions about upcoming census products – specifically about urban/rural, housing, workforce, health, and justice use cases. We will discuss data sources and methods for these different use cases. Since 2020 census products are delayed, we will discuss alternative data sources that may support population measurement.

    Training #1: June 16, 2021 (1:00 – 3:30 PM ET)
    Addressing the Census – Why Address Data is Crucial and How to Use It

    In the first of a series of trainings focused on preparing data users to use the 2020 census data, we will begin by familiarizing the group with types of address data to lead to a high-quality census enumeration, help to validate the census publications that come out, and potentially how to mount a Count Question Resolution challenge. In this session, we will review coverage and classification issues, how to evaluate data sources and tools to assess your data.

    Training #2: August 18, 2021 (1:00 – 3:30 PM ET)
    Age Bins – Where to Find More Data

    In our second training, we will discuss the importance of obtaining accurate data on different age categories. The Census Bureau has released demonstration data on their disclosure avoidance system; however, age bins have not been a component. Accurate age bins are critical for urban planning, public health, social research, and funding, and we know that the census has traditionally undercounted very young children and overcounted the elderly. We will discuss how possible imprecision in published census results may affect the age distribution and consider how age bins can be smoothed. We will also explore other datasets that can be used to understand key population subgroups.

    Training #3: September 15, 2021 (1:00 – 3:30 PM ET)
    Beyond COVID – Identifying Public Health Data to Prevent Disaster

    Whether it’s a global pandemic or an overdose crisis in your community, we want to empower you with the tools and resources to identify patterns and be prepared to respond. This training will go over the new administration’s Executive Order, which datasets can drive insights around health, highlighting differences between statistical and tactical data. We will also discuss measuring migration and service utilization. With these tools, we are hoping to prepare our attendees to identify the best data and methods to deal with future public health crises or natural disasters.

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  • 30 Mar 2021 11:32 AM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Connection Lab Home - Connection Lab is finishing up a meta-analysis on the relationship between leader affect and follower well-being. We are hoping to gather any remaining data on this relationship that has not yet been published. This includes both correlational and experimental research.

    Specifically, we are interested in correlations (or other effect sizes) between any measure of leader affect with any measure of follower affect or well-being (broadly defined). For each variable, we would like to know the measure, its Cronbach's alpha, and the sample size associated with the effect size.

    For all studies, we would also appreciate it if you could provide the mean age, percent of women participants in the sample, and the data collection country.

    Of course, we will cite your data/paper in our reporting.

    CONTACT: 

    Julia Langer

    julia@connectionlab.com


  • 29 Mar 2021 8:35 AM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Re-post member blog, originally published on isqols.org in 2016


    The Beauty of Cultural Diversity

    by Tithi Bhatnagar

    Research in the area of quality-of-life, especially Subjective Well-Being asserts that culture is a very critical context that determines happiness, subjective well-being, quality-of-life, and life satisfaction of individuals. It is so much ingrained into our beings that we are not able to appreciate it unless we are separated from it. Leading a regular, a uniform life makes living monotonous and sad. It is like breathing and not living. Cultural diversity adds the flavor to life, the zeal to live, and an adventure to explore. How wonderful to say the same thing in different accents, and then try to identify the part of earth the individual comes from; the different symbolic meaning of similar actions; the same word and varied cultural connotations attached to it; and the list goes on and on.

    Imagine all of us living within the same architecture, wearing the same dresses and speaking the same language! Run your imagination and you get an error message - life suddenly becomes black and white.  If we were to go back to the way we were raised - imagine the various local celebrations, festivals, and special food of special occasions, community traditions - suddenly our vision becomes all so colorful. I always believe and research supports that the best way to pass traditions and values to children is through sharing folktales. They learn much faster and retain the concepts in their long-term memory in this way. The icing on the cake is ‘learning becomes fun’. It is true that we are all one as human beings.  However, along with individual differences, it is these cultural variations that make life beautiful and meaningful.  These different hues add the necessary brightness and purpose that motivates the will in individuals to lead a good life.

    The fast pace of life today makes it very challenging to meet daily chores. What is important to maintain our levels of well being perhaps is creating as many experiences as possible. To laugh as much as we can, to create memories, cherish them later, meet as many people with diverse background and learn from each other’s culture, to never miss a travel opportunity. We grow when we appreciate diversity and understand the common thread that binds us all one as humans.

    Last years’ annual ISQOLS conference at Seoul is a wonderful example of my experience of beauty in cultural diversity. What was remarkable was that we were all one and yet so different. This observation was very much in line with the trail of my thoughts that originated when I got down at the Incheon International Airport. The airport, the Bus Shuttle Gates, all were so similar to what we have in big cities back home. When I was on the bus, the buildings that I saw and the kind of roads, all reminded me of Gurgaon (the current city of my residence). I was happy and appreciated Globalization. With this, it is easy to move to new and unknown places. Everything looks so familiar and similar. A visit to the city of Seoul was what brought a beautiful insight. Be it the Palace, the traditionally attired young girls who looked like dolls at the Palace gate, or the market, or the stupendous colorful Namsan Tower, all very clearly pointed out the beauty of cultural diversity. There was warmth of the South Korean culture in particular, and that of Asia in general. Every place speaks about its history, heritage, traditions, and teaches us something. The experience is what keeps us going. It helps to stay connected to our roots. This creates a powerful reservoir of positive emotions and keeps us going when we feel low. We should keep being happy to move on the path of exploring this journey further and in-depth.


  • 22 Mar 2021 7:50 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Meaning Conference 2021 Announcement

    COVID-19 has killed more than 2.5 million people, devastated the world economy, and wreaked havoc on mental health globally. The challenges for psychologists are: How can we help people stay positive and become better and stronger? and How can we make the world a safer, kinder, and fairer place for all people?

    We invite you to the 11th biennial International Meaning Conference, where you will learn from leading researchers, practitioners, and educators on how to rise to such challenges, transcend pandemic fatigue, and live a meaningful life. The International Meaning Conferences continue to be the only world congress on existential positive psychology, embracing disciplines ranging from psychology, philosophy, and religion, to management, education, and medicine. 

    Come and learn the new science of flourishing through suffering. More specifically, you will learn: How to find healing and hope in tragic times and how to transform vulnerabilities to resilience. 

    Given travel restrictions, we are pleased to offer the conference virtually and reach more people globally. Mark August 5–8, 2021, on your calendars so that you do not miss this unique event. 

    Confirmed keynote speakers thus far include Christina J. Becker, Louis Hoffman, Todd Kashdan, Tim Lomas, Farooq Naeem, Darcia Narvaez, Robert Niemeyer, and Tayyab Rashid.

    We have chosen the conference theme, because at a time when our vulnerability is laid bare by the external threats and our collective existential crisis, we embrace it as an opportunity to explore and discover new pathways to resilience and wellbeing in trying times. Subthemes of the conference include the following:

    • ·       The role of meaning in wellbeing.
    • ·       The contributions of cultural differences and indigenous psychology to global wellbeing.
    • ·       The need to confront human suffering as the foundation for wellbeing.
    • ·       The role of responsibility in personal, institutional, and global wellbeing.
    • ·       The transformation of shame, guilt, anxiety, and other negative emotions as a means of achieving sustainable happiness.
    • ·       The role of faith and spirituality in positive mental health.
    • ·       The positive psychology of sickness, death and dying.
    • ·       The effect of interactions between positive and negative emotions on wellbeing.
    • ·       A dialectical mindset in avoiding radicalism and achieving a balance.
    • ·       Humility and servant leadership in resolving conflicts.
    • ·       Moral courage in the face of dangers and risks.

    This is only a subset of the expanding domain of existential positive psychology (PP 2.0). All submissions are welcome in any areas related to the adaptive benefits of what is typically considered as detrimental to wellbeing.

    They can contact me. Here are the websites www.meaning.ca and www.drpaulwong.com

    Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D., C.Psych. (www.drpaulwong.com)

    President, International Network on Personal Meaning
    President, Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute Inc.


  • 20 Mar 2021 1:28 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    World Happiness Report 2021!

    Click to read: 

    WHR+21.pdf (happiness-report.s3.amazonaws.com)

  • 23 Feb 2021 2:24 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Programme – IEEE E-TEMS

    SMART CITIES THROUGH PROJECTS: ACHIEVING QUALITY OF LIFE?

    18-20 March

    2021 IEEE EUROPEAN TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT SUMMIT

    DORTMUND UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES AND ARTS

    #CITIESR4LIVING


  • 2 Feb 2021 12:32 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Huge congrats to our #ISQOLSmembers, Talita Greyling & Stephanie Rossouw on the publication of their article in #PLOSONE: "The good, the bad and the ugly of lockdowns during Covid-19". #COVID19research #lockdowns

    Download the article for FREE at:

    The good, the bad and the ugly of lockdowns during Covid-19 (plos.org)

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