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  • 28 Mar 2020 3:11 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Australian Centre on Quality of Life

    This site contains substantial resources useful to students, academics and practioners who are concerned with the science of life quality. Members also receive a weekly issue of our ‘ACQol Bulletin’ which, inter alia, includes a published paper for discussion. Past issues can be found at

    If you would like to register as a Member of the ACQol, please complete the membership form at

    There is no charge or other obligation attached to becoming a member. The form also provides an option to join the International Wellbeing Group. The IWbG is a Specialist Group within ACQol, whose members have an interest in the development of the Personal Wellbeing Index.

    Emeritus Professor Robert A. Cummins

    Director, ACQol

    School of Psychology

    Deakin University, Melbourne

    Robert Cummins <>

  • 28 Mar 2020 2:18 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)



    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 March 31, 2020 (decisions on proposals will be sent by April 5, 2020 with full chapters due by July 1, 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:


    March 31st, 2020

  • 28 Feb 2020 1:46 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Call for papers for European Sociology Association’s Research Network 9 “Economic Sociology” conference in Warsaw (September 2020);  session on socio-economic development, well-being and happiness

    Dear Colleagues,

    Below are: (1) Call for papers for European Sociology Association’s Research Network 9 “Economic Sociology” conference in Warsaw (September 2020), and (2) Brief description of my planned session on socio-economic development, well-being and happiness. I cordially invite you to submit the paper proposal (abstract) for my session. If interested, please use the link provided below in the official call for papers and read the session description inserted below this call. Feel free to distribute this e-mail among your potentially interested colleagues.

    Regards and greetings

    Krzysztof Zagorski

    Kozminski University, Warsaw, Poland  

    Dear economic sociologists,

    we would like to invite you to submit abstracts for one of the 14 thematic sessions or to the general conference track of the mid-term conference in Warsaw (September 2020).

    Abstract submission: April 30th, 2020 
    In your abstract please clearly state the research question addressed, the theoretical arguments and data/ methods used, if the paper is based on empirical research. We will review the abstracts according to whether the paper makes a comprehensive and original contribution. Submission form is available On the conference website hosted by the organisers Mikolaj Pawlak and Marta Olcon-Kubicka [
    LINK TO THE FORM]. On the conference website hosted by the organisers Mikolaj Pawlak and Marta Olcon-Kubicka. Please check also RN Website for more additional information:


    Andrea Maurer


    Session on: Socio-economic development, well-being and happiness – problems, measures, findings

    Convenor: Krzysztof Zagórski

    While economists more and more widely accept subjective and objective well-being as an important social goals of economic development, especially in a framework of the relatively new branch of economics, namely “happiness economics”, national income (GDP or GNP) still remains the most commonly used indicator of development. On the other hand, sociologists still relatively seldom include purely economic processes, economic growth included, as the topics that should be incorporated in sociological investigations. Several widely known social oriented indexes of human development or progress underestimate or totally neglect economic growth and other economic processes as their components. This session will discuss interrelations between economic and social as well as objective and subjective aspects of development, with special emphasize on human well-being and happiness. Three types of papers are invited: theoretical, methodological and presenting research findings on national or comparative international level.

  • 18 Feb 2020 9:01 AM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Call for Papers - Special Issue ' Philanthropy and Community Well-Being for the International Journal of Community Well-Being Published by Springer,

    We are happy to announce a forthcoming special issue on Philanthropy and Community Well-Being.

    Guest Editors: Patsy Kraeger, Ph.D., Georgia Southern University Rhonda G. Phillips, Ph.D., FAICP, Purdue University

    Background: There is recognition that community well-being is of increasing importance and concern to those who work in and study philanthropy from scholarly and practitioner perspectives. This special issue would enable more attention and scholarship to an important area of inquiry.

    The impact of philanthropy on community well-being will be explored from both objective and subjective measures in communities, public policy, and community partnerships and other related areas. We seek to explore measures of community well-being for the role of philanthropic institutions and communities served in the US and globally. Finally, the goal of the special issue is to bring together both cutting-edge scholarship and practice that addresses and enhances community well-being and the practice of philanthropy. We seek papers which examine the intersection of philanthropy and community well-being from single or multidisciplinary approaches.

    Potential contributions: We invite researchers studying any aspect of building community well-being and philanthropy to contribute to the special issue. The types of papers may include: • Theory building • Empirical research studies • Case studies or ethnographies

    We are seeking original articles (max. 7,000 words, all inclusive).

    Submission guidelines:

    Timeline: • March 31, 2020: Deadline for Proposals from potential contributors (see below) • September 30, 2020: Manuscript submission deadline • December 31, 2020: First decisions regarding submitted manuscripts • March 31, 2021: Revised manuscript submission deadline

    Proposals: The proposal should be a word document containing the following: (a) manuscript title (which may change), (b) the names, affiliations, and emails of authors, and (c) a proposal (~500 words) of the planned contribution that includes: a summary of the key issues and/or research questions the paper will address and its relevance to the special issue. For empirical papers, information should also be provided on the sample, methods, measures/variables, and results.

    Submit your abstracts to: Patsy Kraeger, Ph.D. to

    The Guest Editors are happy to answer questions about the scope of the special issue and the potential fit of a manuscript. Authors who do not submit a brief proposal by March 31, 2020 may still submit a full manuscript by the September 30, 2020 deadline (however, we cannot guarantee full consideration of these submissions).

    Full manuscripts will be submitted to the IJCWB through the journal’s online submission system and will be subject to double-blind peer review. We do not guarantee eventual publication of all manuscripts.

    Thank you for your interest and we look forward to receiving your proposal!

  • 26 Jan 2020 9:57 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    We are looking for candidates with a documented interest in well-being or development economics research. With proof of econometric skills and statistical/mathematical knowledge. Candidates pursuing research in a field related to the organisation of well-being and sustainability are of particular interest. Within this field of research, the School of Economics can offer opportunities to partake in various research projects collaborating with universities in New Zealand and Europe. Research potential will be the key selection criterion, and the successful candidates are expected to carry out research suitable for publication in highly ranked international peer reviewed journals.  

    Learn more and download application:


  • 23 Jan 2020 11:27 AM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) was established in 1995, making 2020 our 25th year anniversary! Our success and longevity as an organization would not be possible without the generous support, time, and work done by all of our members and community. 

    To commemorate this milestone, we are offering a special Anniversary T-shirt to anyone who makes a donation in the amount of $25 USD or more to the ISQOLS Education Travel Grants. Travel grants provide funds for students from developing countries to attend the 2020 Conference in Rotterdam, Netherlands (August 25-28). 

    To make your contribution, please visit and select "Education Travel Grant" as your choice for your donation. A confirmation email details will be sent to you upon receipt of your donation. 

    Questions? email: 

  • 15 Jan 2020 3:09 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Artificial Intelligence and Community Well-being: A Proposal for an Emerging Area of Research

    Laura Musikanski1 & Bogdana Rakova2 & James Bradbury1 & Rhonda Phillips3 & Margaret Manson4

    Received: 25 June 2019/Accepted: 17 December 2019/ # Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

    Abstract We are calling for a new area of research on the nexus of community well-being and artificial intelligence (AI). Three components of this research we propose are (1) the development and use of well-being metrics to measure the impacts of AI; (2) the use of community-based approaches in the development of AI; and (3) development of AI interventions to safeguard or improve community well-being. After providing definitions of community, well-being, and community well-being, we suggest a definition of AI for use by community well-being researchers, with brief explanations of types and uses of AI within this context. A brief summary of threats and opportunities facing community well-being for which AI could potentially present solutions or exacerbate problems is provided. The three components we propose are then discussed, followed by our call for cross-sector, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and systems-based approaches for the formation of this proposed area of research.


  • 28 Dec 2019 4:06 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    Prof. Fouad Beseiso Member of ISQOLS Latest Scientific Contribution on Happiness Economics

    Prof. Beseiso joined the Arab Economic Conference on “ The  Arab Development Between Current Challenges and the 4th Industrial Revolution Realm “  Which has been organized by The Arab Economic Research Society, the Arab Planning Institute in Kuwait and the Arab Union of Chambers of Commerce in Beirut - Lebanon .The Conference was held in Beirut-Lebanon on 13-14 December 2019 . Dr. Beseiso contributed to the conference with a research Paper on “The Role of The Socio-Economic, Political and Moral System Arising From The Economics of Happiness In Approaching Successfully The 4th Industrial Revolution “ . At the final session of the conference The Arab Economic Research Society while celebrating its 30th founding anniversary awarded its Founding members honoring Accolades. Prof. Beseiso was one of these Economists who enjoyed the Society Honoring. The Conference was attended by highly practisional Arab Economists who contributed through their research papers and discussions a deep analytical views towards the main question on  how to manage successfully  the various requirements of the forth Industrial Revolution.

  • 25 Nov 2019 9:11 AM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)


    Western Economic Association International


    Denver, Colorado, June 26–30, 2020

    Keynote Addresses by

    Maurice Obstfeld, UC Berkeley,

    and John Shoven, Stanford

    International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies

    sponsored conference sessions

    Organized by

    • Kelsey J. O’Connor, STATEC Research (Luxembourg)
    • Francesco Sarracino, STATEC Research (Luxembourg)
    • Malgorzata Switek, University of Southern California

    Present a Paper

    If you are interested in presenting a paper on the

    economics of happiness, please send your paper title,

    abstract, list of authors, and contact information to by January 17, 2020.

    Authors of accepted papers will be notified by January

    31, 2020.

    Chair a Session

    Give others the benefits of your expertise and help foster

    the exchange of ideas. If you are interested, send your

    complete contact information to

    ISQOLS WEAI Sponsored Conference Sessions.pdf

  • 27 Oct 2019 3:09 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)

    The Journal of Well-being and Leisure in Africa (JWLA) is a scientific, blind peer-reviewed journal, which elicits anonymous reviews of a high standard.

    The Journal of Well-being and Leisure in Africa (JWLA) is a scientific, blind peer-reviewed journal, which elicits anonymous reviews of a high standard. JWLA is an open access journal and is licensed by Creative Commons Attribution International. The JWLA accepts manuscripts from the African continent as well as within the international context from the broader Social-, Economic & Management- and Natural (health) Sciences.

    The JWLA is devoted, but not limited to research in:

    - Well-being (happiness, satisfaction with life, quality-of-life, and life domains) and
    - Leisure (leisure well-being) in its broadened form.

    The outcomes should focus on:

    - Well-being as a multidimensional concept, and
    - JWLA furthermore encourages a multidisciplinary approach, from the perspective of individuals, communities and society.

    Publication is:

    -  Annually, with multiple volumes. 

    Learn more at:


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Quality-of-Life Studies

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Gilbert, Arizona, 85299, USA


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