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  • 15 Oct 2020 12:47 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Dear ISQOLS Community:

    After celebrating my 85th birthday last August and continuing my struggle with a variety of health problems, it occurred to me that I should begin downsizing my quality-of-life library. The biggest chunk of it is about 150 volumes (over 600 issues) of Social Indicators Research, currently running from May 1974, Volume 1, Number 1 to  November 2020, Volume 152, Number 2. I founded it and served as editor for 40 years.

       I understand that most libraries avoid hard copy journals in favour of digitized versions, but there may be an institution or individual with a special interest in having the world’s first scholarly documents developing our field. There are, of course, additional documents concerning various transactions between the journal’s editor and many other stakeholders, but these require more organizing and editing than copies of the journal itself.

       Volumes and issues of the journal are carefully boxed and I would ship them to their new owner in exchange for a tax receipt acceptable to

    Revenue Canada plus the shipping costs for the collection.

       Anyone with questions or an interest in obtaining these copies of Social Indicators Research can contact me at .



         Alex C. Michalos

  • 15 Oct 2020 12:23 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    The Economics of Happiness

    How the Easterlin Paradox Transformed Our Understanding of Well-Being and Progress

    Editors: Rojas, Mariano (Ed.)

    • Provides an overview of Richard Easterlin’s groundbreaking work on happiness and economics, widely known as the Easterlin Paradox

  • 15 Oct 2020 12:01 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues,


    Please find attached the 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”, which is open now.


    The VYPR is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal without any fees, that 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).


    For the content of the next Special Issue on COVID-19 please see the attached call.


    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:


    We kindly ask you to share this Call for Papers with your colleagues and within your network.


    We would also like to bring to your attention the Wittgenstein Centre Conference 2020 on the same topic of the special issue “Demographic aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences”, which will be held with a hybrid format in Vienna on 30 November-1 December 2020. Please find the relevant information here:


    Thank you very much for all your efforts!


    With kind regards on behalf of the editors of the VYPR




    Petra Schmutz

    Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, OeAW, University of Vienna)

    Austrian Academy of Sciences / Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (OeAW)

    Institut für Demographie / Vienna Institute of Demography (VID)


    *** new addresss and phone number ***
    Vordere Zollamtsstraße 3

    1030 Vienna

    Tel: +43 1 51581 – 



  • 27 Sep 2020 12:19 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Subjective wellbeing and Sustainable Development 

    Special Issue of Sustainability  

    Call for papers 

    Although sustainable development was recognised as a process for change over 30 years ago, achieving sustainability still remains a challenge.  Many sustainability initiatives remain within existing systems and practices dominated by an economic growth worldview. This special issue focuses on the potential for a new worldview – subjective wellbeing - as a means of creating a different process for sustainable change. It will not only consider the extent to which sustainability initiatives contribute to subjective wellbeing, but more importantly the potential for subjective wellbeing  to provide a new narrative for sustainability and the role of individual and collective subjective wellbeing as a precursor to achieving the changes needed. This special issue will be situated within a growing field of literature that challenges the dominance of existing systems and processes, and human-centric, individualised conceptualisations of wellbeing, to bring about sustainability through whole systems transformative change. 

    More details about the SI and how to submit can be found on the website: 

    Sustainability, is an open access journal.  The costs of publication lie with the author and their institution. 


    Dr Beverley A Searle

    Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

    Department of Geography

    University of Dundee


    Dundee  DD1 4HN



    Tel:  +44(0)1382 386350


  • 15 Sep 2020 9:11 AM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Understanding and Measuring Child Well-Being in the Region of Attica, Greece: Round One


    Eirini Leriou

    , Aggeliki Kazani, Andreas Kollias & Christina Paraskevopoulou


    This paper aims to establish new, multi-dimensional indicators of child well-being suitable to urban regions such as Attica, Greece, and adjusted to the new form of child poverty that has become apparent during its recent financial crisis. The paper mainly argues that child well-being is a multi-dimensional phenomenon and that the financial crisis produced a specific need for new scientific tools adapted to the particular features that emerged under this circumstance. Within this context, definitions of child well-being and child poverty were developed. With these definitions as foundation, a tool comprising many indicators was formulated to record child well-being; this was applied in Attica through questionnaires addressing 27 public schools and three support centers of the organization, The Smile of the Child, covering two periods: the school years between 2010 and 2018 collectively and the school year 2018–2019 individually. The total number of children in the sample was 878, belonging to three distinct school categories. The results were mapped out in seven clusters. The theoretical and methodological framework of the study was confirmed through a Principal Component Analysis (PCA). The results reveal that child well-being improved in the period 2018–2019 while there were evident concerns regarding unemployment and whether the education individuals receive is relevant to what kind of people they ought to be. Finally, an action plan focusing on these dimensions and some of the clusters along with an auxiliary tool for decision-making founded on fuzzy logic have been suggested.

  • 14 Sep 2020 12:04 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Dear colleagues,

    Many of you are familiar with the conference network CAUTHE: The Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education :

    We are less than a month away before the submission deadline for full papers for CAUTHE 2021 “Transformations in Uncertain Times: Future perfect in tourism, hospitality and events”.

    CAUTHE 2021 will be a virtual conference next year and a conference flyer is attached. We were asked to chair the well-being conference track for the event . You will see the list of tracks here:

    Bookmark these important dates, so you do not miss out:

    • Full paper submission: 1 October 2020
    • Working paper submission: 31 October 2020
    • Author feedback: 30 November 2020
    • Submission of revised papers: 15 December 2020
    • Online presentation of papers: 9-11 February 2021

    CAUTHE 2021 conference papers qualify for numerous awards ( and publication opportunities including a special issue in the top ranked CAUTHE journal (Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Management, SSCI impact factor 3.415,

    Best regards,

    Sebastian Filep and Andreas H. Zins


    Andreas H. Zins

    Full Professor
    Dean | Faculty of Business

    Curtin University Malaysia
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  • 14 Sep 2020 11:24 AM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS for Linking Sustainability and Happiness: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives Contracted with Springer Nature,, the book will present both applied and theoretical perspectives linking sustainability and happiness. The volume will offer critical discussion, constructive insights and informed guidance for future research and applied work that can move us closer toward a sustainable future. We will open the book with a critical review of environmental, social, and economic sustainability theories and happiness principles. We will also include an overview of the biological underpinnings of happiness, mainly focused on subconscious actions that promote our own fitness. The book will then include two major parts where authors can contribute, as detailed below, followed by a concluding section. This edited volume with all new material is planned at 12-16 chapters of original work. Chapter authors are invited from around the globe, providing a variety of theories, practices, and perspectives. There are two major parts to the volume: Part I - theories and methodologies that link sustainability and happiness (e.g., participatory research, quality of life research, sustainable development theories, asset-based community development, spirituality perspectives, and emerging theories on sustainable community development and happiness, community well-being, integrative medicine and happiness, and beauty and happiness); and Part II - applied practices meant to promote greater opportunities for happiness on the ground. Practices should also focus on simultaneously promoting sustainability. Many examples and experiences are welcomed. Proposals are sought for all sections. Please submit your chapter proposal to me at: Proposals should include: (1) your proposed title; (2) an abstract of no more than 500 words; (3) section preference (Part I or II); (4) format type - whether short essay of up to 2500 words, or chapter length from 2500 – 8000 words; (5) your contact information; and (6) a short ½ page biography. The format for the volume will be APA style. Anticipated publication date is 2019. The due date for proposals is October 1, 2020 (decisions on proposals will be sent by October 8, 2020 with full chapters due by Nov 15, 2020). Chapter authors receive a copy of the book, once published. Please reach out with questions. Scott Cloutier, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85282 P: (603) 285-2296 E: DUE DATE FOR PROPOSALS October 1st, 2020

    View call here: Call for Chapters CQoLWB.pdf

  • 8 Sep 2020 11:36 AM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Public sector employee’s emotional well-being in challenging time

    Dr. Lihi Lahat

    The work of many people around the world is at stake – with the Corona pandemic, some people are temporarily laid off, and others have lost their jobs altogether. For those who still have jobs, the ways of working are changing. During these challenging times, it is especially interesting to examine the factors affecting employees’ well-being. Can we do things, even now, to improve well-being?

    While the interest in the topic of well-being in the workplace is not new, few researchers have examined public sector employees’ well-being, especially in a comparative perspective. A study I conducted with Dr. Dganit Ofek, recently published in the Review of Public Personnel Administration, explored factors affecting the emotional well-being of public sector employees in seven countries: Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, France, and Italy. These countries have diverse administrative cultures, so one might expect differences in the drivers of well-being.

    The findings revealed that the country context and the work surroundings were more influential than the fact of belonging to the public sector. Another interesting finding was that soft features of the work environment, such as discretion over the workday, a good work-life balance, and social interactions, were more important to emotional well-being than hard features, such as the type of contract or position (e.g., managerial). Moreover, these variables had a different effect in different countries. For example, the French administrative culture involves bureaucrats in policy decisions; consequently, in France, participation in decision making had a more profound effect on public employees’ well-being. In Spain, characterized as a culture of strong family and social ties, social relationships were more important.

    The findings are interesting, especially given the current demand for human resource divisions around the world to find new ways to better their employees’ well-being. The study raises our awareness of the important connection between the administrative culture, work surroundings, and well-being.

    It seems that when HR departments attempt to improve public sector employees’ well-being, they should focus on the soft features of the work surroundings. For example, during the Covid-19 pandemic, involving employees in organizational decision making on what changes and flexibilities to implement in the work routine may support their well-being. Another example could be to create interactive forums so workers can share their experiences and ways of operating in this challenging period. When implementing different steps, however, it is important to consider the unique features of the country’s administrative culture and not automatically embrace HR strategies from another country. Finding strategies attuned to the features of a specific country may better address public sector employees’ emotional well-being

    For the full paper see:

    Lahat, L., & Ofek, D. (2020). Emotional well-being among public employees: A comparative perspective. Review of Public Personnel Administration

    1An early version of this post was published in Hebrew on the Espanet Israel website.

    Lihi Lahat(Ph.D., Tel Aviv University, Israel) is a senior lecturer in the Department of Administration & Public Policy at Sapir Academic College and Affiliate Associate Professor, Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies, Concordia University, Montreal. Her papers have been published in journals such as Policy Sciences, Social Policy & Administration, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Journal of Management and Governance and Poverty & Public Policy.

  • 8 Sep 2020 8:57 AM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues,

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

    For correlational data, we are interested in correlations between mindfulness and meaning measures. For each variable, we would like to know the measure, its alpha, and the n sample size associated with the correlation. If you gathered data across time, we are interested in the correlation between time 1 mindfulness and time 2 meaning.

    For experimental data, we are asking for a description of the mindfulness intervention used, the meaning measure used, and pre/post sample sizes, alphas, means, and SD's for each group's meaning. We would also like to know if participants were randomly assigned to conditions and what the conditions were.

    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.

    If this does not apply to you could you forward this email to your colleagues who might have this type of research?

    Thank you for your time and help.


    Julia Langer, MHS

    Connection Lab


    Julia Langer, MHS

    Research Associate

    Connection Lab

  • 30 Aug 2020 11:17 AM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    the Union of International Associations (UIA) cordially invites International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies to participate at its

    1st Virtual UIA Associations Round Table Asia-Pacific

    Thursday 17 and Friday 18 September 2020 

    This 8th UIA Associations Round Table Asia-Pacific had been planned to originally take place in the city of Seoul hosted by our partner Seoul Tourism Organization.


    Now, Seoul Tourism Organization will provide the virtual meeting platform where easy access, networking and educational content will combine to provide an engaging and rewarding experience for delegates.


    The Union of International Associations is inviting people working in and with international associations,


    ·      we will virtually meet and attend presentations on common challenges by peers working in international associations

    ·      we will discuss in workshops and break-out rooms and you will have the chance to ask in-depth questions and to share and exchange knowledge and experience

    ·      participants will be invited to join mini games individually or in teams, with opportunities to win prizes

    ·      UIA team members will moderate the sessions throughout, guiding and assisting the delegates

    ·      the Seoul Tourism Organization Team will assist you in any technical need

    ·      we will have breaks!

    ·      and you will have the chance of a Virtual Seoul Tour


    See the topics of the programme below –

    and watch the Round Table website  for updates and more details!


    Thanks to the support of our host,  Seoul Tourism Organization , we will be able to offer a high-level educational programme through a high-level and easy to access technology platform for a low fee of KRW 50,000 / 40 US dollars.


    How to register for the 1st virtual UIA Associations Round Table Asia-Pacific:


    (1) Go to

    (2) Click on “register now” for Round Table Asia-Pacific

    (3) Fill in your username XD6558

    (4) Fill in your password MDWAFNKL


    You can use this username and password to register any number of delegates; each of your delegates will need to log in and register separately. Should you wish to register more than two delegates, please contact us.


    UIA is an independent non-profit research institute founded in 1907 which documents and promotes the work of international associations. UIA shares its information on associations through its publications: the Yearbook of International Organizations , and the International Congress Calendar. UIA also promotes the work of associations by organizing educational activities, such as the UIA Associations Round Table.

    For over 110 years the UIA has been working to promote and document the work of international associations. We look forward to welcoming you at our  Round Tables this year.



    Carol Williams

    Union of International Associations



    PS. While you are logged in on the UIA website, you may also wish to check your association’s profile in the Yearbook of International Organizations and as well complete our Survey on International Meeting Issues


    1st Virtual UIA Associations Round Table Asia-Pacific

    Thursday 17 and Friday 18 September 2020 


    hosted and powered by our partner  Seoul Tourism Organization


    Moderation by UIA team members

    Virtual meeting platform and technical support by Seoul Tourism Organization

    Speakers and Topics 

    ·     Opening Keynote

              · by Cyril Ritchie, President of UIA: “ The UN’s 75th Anniversary and your association – why it matters”

              · panel discussion with all speakers and group discussions

    ·     Presentations / Case Studies / Workshops in break-out rooms

              · Mr John Peackock, Associations Forum:  "Why All Associations Needs Good Structure, Governance and Plans"


              · Dr Christie Chang, Past President, Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women:  “Looking for and negotiating a destination for an association event”


              · Mr Octavio B Peralta, Secretary-General, Asia-Pacific Federation of Association Organizations (APFAO), and Secretary-General, Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP):  “Association Business Model Innovation”


              · Dr Wai Yie Leong, Member of Board of Directors, International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists: “Measuring the impact your association has on the community”


              · Mr Zar Gomez, Regional Coordinator, Caritas Asia:  “Mobilizing resources from within and from outside a federation”


              · Mr Ryan Brubaker, Web Designer, UIA: “Achieving goals, finding partners: UIA’s Global Civil Society Database”


    ·     And more:

              · Mini games individually or in teams, with opportunities to win prizes

              · Virtual tours of Seoul


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




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