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  • 26 Sep 2021 5:11 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Congrats to ISQOLS member, Shoirakhon Nurdinova, on winning "The best project among women-scientists" from International Fund for supporting science and education/Ziyo Forum. This award is given for her research project on the happiness of working/nonworking women:

    Shoirakhon Nurdinova

    Senior Lecturer/Namangan State University

    Namangan Uzbekistan 160136

  • 15 Sep 2021 8:43 AM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    READ HERE: GNH index.pdf

    New Zealand government recognises the benefit of reporting the GNH index.

    The Gross National Happiness.Today index developed by Stephanie Rossouw (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand ) and Talita Greyling (University of Johannesburg, South Africa) uses Big Data in the form of Twitter to measure New Zealanders' evaluative mood. The scale of the happiness scores is between 0 (unhappy) and 10 (happy), with 5 being neutral, thus neither happy nor unhappy. Additionally, each tweet's underpinning emotions are analysed. Currently, a distinction is made between eight emotions: sadness, surprise, disgust, anticipation, fear, anger, trust, and joy.

    On Monday 6 September, Statistics New Zealand started reporting the GNH as an official indicator, representing a real-time measure for subjective well-being, in the NZ Statistic COVID-19 data portal.

     Please see the link below.


    Asked about the accuracy of the GNH, Stephanie said, "Once again, the GNH never ceases to amaze me The GNH captures the events of the past month accurately".


    9 August – negative impact of the major power cut experienced in the North Island

    17 August – level 4 lockdown for NZ

    30 August – Auckland to remain in level 4 lockdown for two more weeks starting 31 August

    3 September – lone terrorist attack in a Countdown grocery store


  • 11 Jul 2021 3:22 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)
    Congrats to the editorial team for our journal!


    announced that the IF for Applied Research in Quality of Life is 3.078 – ranking 20/110 in Social Sciences, interdisciplinary (Q1)! #qualityoflife Learn more

  • 8 Jun 2021 11:40 AM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Measuring Progress: Online Forum on Well-Being
    June 16, June 28, June 29

    Measuring Progress - Statistics Portal // Luxembourg - STATEC Research (

    This international event will bring together leading thinkers to discuss the quest for better lives. Economists traditionally advocated economic growth as the foremost policy goal, but now even economists often challenge this view. How should we measure progress? The discussion remains open, indeed flourishes, with more contributors than ever.

    The event contributes broadly to this discussion. Preeminent authors from the well-being and quality-of-life fields will give six talks over three days. Talks will focus on their current research and include both the broader background and policy implications. At the end of each session, time will be reserved for questions and answers.


    June 16, Wednesday: 17:00 CET, 11:00 AM Eastern
    Stefano Bartolini, University of Siena - Abstract
    Richard Easterlin, University of Southern California - Abstract
    Invitation and registration

    June 28, Monday: 17:00 CET, 11:00 AM Eastern
    Andrew Oswald, University of Warwick - Abstract
    Carol Graham, Brookings Institution and University of Maryland - Abstract
    Invitation and registration

    June 29, Tuesday: 17:00 CET, 11:00 AM Eastern
    Ruut Veenhoven, Erasmus University Rotterdam - Abstract
    John de Graaf, author, filmmaker, speaker - Abstract
    Invitation and registration


    Please send an email to to indicate you are interested in attending. You will then be added to the event mailing list, which will be used to convey the most up to date information and registration links.


    Beginning in September, STATEC Research will host a new seminar series continuing the discussions from the June event. Presentations will take place virtually approximately every two weeks. Talks will focus on quality-of-life research generally but will also discuss both the broader background and policy implications.


    We will periodically update this page with additional details. You may also contact us here with questions:


    Measuring Progress: Online Forum on Well-Being is organized by STATEC Research, part of the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies of Luxembourg (STATEC), and supported by the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies.

    Measuring Progress - Statistics Portal // Luxembourg - STATEC Research (

  • 25 May 2021 12:17 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    The Centre for the Study of Living Standards (Canada) and The Productivity Institute (United Kingdom) are inviting proposals for papers on the topic “Productivity and Well-Being – Measurement and Explanations.” Accepted papers, which should represent new and original work, will be published in a theme issue of the International Productivity Monitor, now the joint flagship publication of both organizations. The expected publication date is the Spring of 2022. A virtual authors’ workshop with first drafts of papers will be held in November 2021. The deadline for receipt of proposals for papers is July 15, 2021. The call for paper providing the motivation for the project and the issues to be addressed is posted at

    If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Sharpe at andrew.sharpe@csls,ca

    Best Regards,

    Andrew Sharpe and Bart van Ark

  • 20 May 2021 9:10 AM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)


    The Doctoral School of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oradea, and Erasmus University Rotterdam invites you to participate on Thursday 27th May 2021 at 17.30 CET in the workshop World Database of Happiness: What it is and how to use

    Presenter: Prof. dr. Ruut Veenhoven, Emeritus professor of social conditions for human happiness, Erasmus University Rotterdam The workshop will be organized within the International Online Conference of Doctoral and Post-doctoral Students in Social Sciences, Oradea, 27-28th May 2021 (


    To attend the workshop please register here:

    The number of places is limited!


    Sergiu Baltatescu

    Dr. habil., Professor of Sociology

    University of Oradea, Romania


  • 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

    The Program and free registration are available at

    Contact or with any questions.



  • 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 Registration for the full virtual World Congress Conference (May 25-28, online only) can be via For inquiries, contact either or 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:


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