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May 21, 2015

Barcelona Summer School in Survey Methodology

We would like to inform you that registration for the second edition of the Barcelona Summer School in Survey Methodology is possible till June 8th.

The school, organized by the Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology (RECSM) of the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain), will be held from 29 June to 10 July, 2015 and comprises 8 courses of 10 hours each.

First week (29 June – 3 July):

• Multilevel Modelling I, Introductory
(Instructors: Leonardo Grilli and Carla Rampichini);

• Multilevel Modelling II, Advanced
(Instructors: Leonardo Grilli and Carla Rampichini);

• Causal inference in non-experimental research using Structural Equation Modelling
(Instructor: Melanie Revilla);

• Structural equation modeling in longitudinal research
(Instructor: Yves Rosseel).

Second week (6 July – 10 July):

• Latent Class Analysis I (Introduction to Latent Class Cluster Analysis)
(Instructors: Jeroen K. Vermunt, and Margot Sijssens-Bennink);

• Latent Class Analysis II (Latent Class Models for Multilevel and Longitudinal Data)
(Instructors: Jeroen K. Vermunt, and Margot Sijssens-Bennink);

• Advanced Linear Regression. Thinking Carefully About Regression Models
(Instructor: Levente Littvay);

• Implementing high-quality web surveys
(Instructor: Mario Callegaro).

The location of the courses will be the Ciutadella Campus located close to the beachfront and the centric and historical area of Born.

Students can select one or more courses to enrol in. The language of instruction for the courses will be English.


Call for Papers – Special Issue in Social Indicators Research: Vocational Experiences and Quality of Life of Migrants

Call for Papers – Special Issue in Social Indicators Research: Vocational Experiences and Quality of Life of Migrants

Guest Editors

Dr. Zhou Jiang, Central Queensland University, Australia
Prof. Paul J. Gollan, London School of Economics, UK and University of Queensland, Australia
A/Prof. Fei Guo, Macquarie University, Australia
Dr. Ying Wang, University of Western Australia, Australia

Migration has become a worldwide phenomenon and is reshaping the world socioeconomically, culturally and politically. This change has also affected workforce. While globalization has been driving the movement of workforce across national boundaries, the urbanization and economic development have been facilitating the intranational mobility of workers. Migrants, both intranational and international, are confronted with unexpected challenges as well as prospective opportunities while adapting to unfamiliar vocational/career contexts. These challenges and opportunities play critical roles in sustainable development of wellbeing and quality of life among migrant workers.

Investigating these phenomena will not only enrich our understanding of migrants’ work and career in an increasingly dynamic global work context, but will also generate new perspectives about how socioeconomic, cultural, political, environmental, and individual forces interplay to affect migrants’ vocational/career experiences and subsequently sustain and improve their quality of life.

This special issue aims to advance our knowledge of quality of life among migrant populations from theoretical, conceptual, and empirical perspectives. We are interested in submissions that address the broad areas of wellbeing and quality of life as a result of migrants’ vocational movement and career development. Submissions may focus on any aspects in relation to migrants’ vocational experiences to explore, evaluate, examine, explain, and theorize the issues concerning sustainable wellbeing and quality of life. We welcome multidisciplinary approaches such as sociology, economics, psychology, management, political science, and relevant others, to address migrants’ vocational and life issues from a wide range of perspectives.

We are particularly interested in studies that tap the below areas:

  • Investigation of the quality of life status among migrants from one or more particular cultural groups
  • Impacts of vocational/career contexts, shaped in social, cultural, and economic processes, on sustainable wellbeing of migrants
  • Exploration of the psychological processes through which career experiences shape migrants’ subjective wellbeing
  • Validation of existing, or development of new, measures of quality of life, subjective wellbeing, life satisfaction, and other relevant variables that specifically apply to one or more demographic groups of migrants, and link them to vocational/career related antecedents
  • Development of new theories to understand the unique composition of migrants’ wellbeing and quality of life, taking into account of vocational issues
  • Examination of vocational/workplace issues facing migrants and their impacts on various aspects of wellbeing and quality of life
  • Exploration of human resource practices promoting or hindering migrants’ career development and the impact of these practices on migrants’ wellbeing at work and in life
  • Understanding of the vocational environments facing minority groups of migrants (e.g., ethnical minority groups, migrants with disability etc.) and the strategies to enhance their quality of life through workplace interventions
  • Comparisons of the above areas between intranational and international migrants within the same cultural group, between different cultural groups of intranational migrants, or between different cultural groups of international migrants

However, submissions are not limited to these areas. We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers that enhance our understanding of the complex social reality that explains the linkage between migrants’ vocational development and their quality of life, by addressing any of the above topic areas and/or the associated themes. While we strongly encourage submissions to utilize quantitative or mixed methods, pure qualitative papers that offer innovative insights will also be considered.

Submission Process and Deadline

• Interested authors should express their interest by submitting the title and abstract to the guest editors at by December 15, 2015.
• The guest editors will then evaluate and select potential contributors and invite them to submit the full manuscript.
• Authors invited for full manuscript submission should follow the “Instructions for Authors” on the official website of Social Indicators Research ( to prepare manuscripts.
• Invited full manuscripts should be submitted via the online submission system of Social Indicators Research: by March 15, 2016.
• Upon submission, the corresponding article type for this special issue (e.g., “Vocational Experiences and Quality of Life of Migrants”) should be selected.
• Enquiries can be addressed to Dr. Zhou Jiang ( or to

All submissions will be subject to a double-blind peer review in accordance with the guidelines of Social Indicators Research. Manuscripts will first be reviewed and assessed by the guest editors for general suitability for the special issue. Suitable manuscripts will be sent to external reviewers for further examination. Upon the completion of external peer review, authors will receive comments from the reviewers and guest editors. Selected manuscripts will be invited for revisions based on reviewers’ comments. Revised manuscripts will be further examined by external reviewers and the guest editors before a final decision is made.

May 15, 2015

*REGISTRATION OPEN* 2015 ISQOLS Annual Conference: The Future of Quality of Life/ Phoenix, AZ

2015 ISQOLS Conference

Conference website:

Registration opens May 15th!

The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) along with our co-host, Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation invite researchers from all disciplines, policy makers and practitioners from across the globe to participate in the 2015 Quality of Life Conference “The Future of Quality of Life.” We invite you to join an exciting convening of quality of life thinkers October 15 – 17, 2015 in exciting Phoenix, Arizona.

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Human and Ecosystems Well-being; QOL2015

The Conference in 2015 will focus on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) which was launched by United Nations in 2001, and the first report was released in 2005. Several countries began the national associated assessments.

The topics of the Conference include among others:

  • Resilience, security, and risk management
  • Comprehensive wealth
  • Healthcare system performance
  • Methodology of the well-being assessment of humans and non-human entities
  • Sustainable development, sustainable insurance, sustainability measurement
  • Ecological economics, political ecology, and social ecology
  • Ethical and methodological foundations
  • Global sly finance-led initiatives for sustainability and responsibility, PSI, PRI, CSR
  • Distributional aspects of well-being, equity, inequality, and social justice
  • Mathematical, as well as statistical models

The QOL2015 Conference, as all the previous, aims not only at providing a forum for scientists to exchange up-to-date knowledge, but also at setting goals for future research.

Along with the original contributions, survey papers are very welcomed.


Abstract Submission Deadline: May 31, 2015.

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: June 20, 2015.

Final Paper Submission Deadline: September 21, 2015.

Registration deadline for authors: May 31, 2015.

Conference Dates: Wrocław (Poland), September 21-22, 2015

May 6, 2015

Social Indicators Research, Vol. 122, Issue 2

Social Indicators Research, Volume 122 Number 2is now available online.

Social Indicators Research Series, Vol. 59

Social Indicators Research Series,Volume 59:

Local Welfare Policy Making in European Cities

by Dagmar Kutsar, Marjo Kuronen

Journal of Happiness Studies, Vol. 16, Issue 3

Journal of Happiness Studies, Volume 16 Number 3 is now available online.

Quality of Life Research, Vol. 24, Issue 5

Quality of Life Research, Volume 24 Number 5 is now available online.

Call for Applicants: full-time researcher in Economics of Well-Being

The Statistical Office of Luxembourg (STATEC) invites applications for a well-being economist. Appointments will be on a two years fixed-term basis.

The candidate will work on the project PIBient-etre. The main goal of the project is to develop a set of indicators to provide an accurate portraying on Luxembourg’s quality of life (for more info on the project, see:

The successful candidate will join the research division at STATEC and report to the Head of Division and the responsible investigator.

Candidates are expected to have a PhD in economics or statistics, with a significant economic background. Candidates with an excellent Master in the same fields may also be considered.

Further information can be found here:

The application deadline is the 18th of May.

Applications, including a full CV and cover letter, should be sent by email in a single pdf file to, quoting the reference 3723.

Inquiries can be addressed to:
Chiara Peroni,;
Francesco Sarracino,

April 30, 2015

THE QUALITY OF LIFE CONFERENCE: Reminder – Abstracts due May 15

The Future of Quality of Life, ISQOLS 2015

October 15-17

Phoenix, Arizona

[PDF Version HERE]

The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) ( along with our co-host Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation (www. invite researchers from all disciplines, policy makers and practitioners from across the globe to participate in the 2015 Quality of Life Conference “The Future of Quality of Life.” We invite you to join an exciting convening of quality of life thinkers October 15 – 17, 2015 in exciting Phoenix, Arizona. Join us as we explore ideas, new approaches, and innovative thinking about dimensions of quality of life that impact us all. The Sonoran Desert environment is a stunning place to convene, and symbolic of many issues facing areas around the world – immigration and inclusion, climate change and issues of resources, rapid urbanization and fascinating cultures intersecting in one of the US’s largest cities. See more details about the topics, sessions, fees, and publication opportunities with ISQOLS’s journal and book series at


ISQOLS is a multidisciplinary society encouraging the pursuit of quality of life studies and application. This international group convenes regularly to share ideas and findings, and actively supports the dissemination of findings and thoughts via its journal and newsletter, Applied Research in Quality of Life, and Social Indicators Network News as well as its allied publications ( ). We encourage scholars and practitioners from all disciplines and perspectives to join us to promote quality of life globally via research, policy, and partnerships.


Conference Theme and Topics:

Our theme is “The Future of Quality of Life” and we welcome papers from all related disciplines. Submissions on issues of quality of life, well-being, happiness and any dimension of quality of life are welcome. Are we in the best of times, or entering an age of intolerance? What about the impacts of longevity or climate change? What are the implications for quality of life?

Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations

  • Foundations for quality of life and happiness
  • Views on quality of life in new philosophical approaches (e.g., capability approach, new realism)
  • New impacts of neurosciences and behavioral sciences on quality of life
  • Preservation of living conditions and intergenerational justice
  • Art and Culture: Philosophy, Experience and Quality of Life

Empirical Applications

  • Causes and consequences in happiness and quality of life
  • Social indicators – instruments for the improvement and preservation of quality of life
  • Living conditions, life domains, and quality of life over the life cycle

Methods, Measurement and Assessments

  • Statistical methods and multidimensional applications for measurement of quality of life
  • New survey methods for the measurement of happiness and quality of life
  • Qualitative methods to study quality of life
  • Databases, techniques, and sources

Place-based and Global Quality of Life

  • Quality of life in the local and regional environment including community well-being, planning, and development
  • Trends in poverty, inequality and the distribution of living conditions in cross-national perspectives
  • Global and regional impacts (increasing world population, global economics, climate change, limits of resources, immigration, border conflicts) on the distribution of living conditions within and between countries

Current Issues

  • Topics of special interest include, but are not limited to, social intolerance and justice, sustainability and resilience, employment, community, immigration, history of well-being, as well as the meaning of quality of life in the future.
  • Enhancing quality of life – the role of philanthropy, public, private and social sectors
  • Beyond Gross Domestic Product – review of debates and agenda for action
  • Applications and approaches for improving living conditions


How to Submit Your Proposal or Session

Please submit your proposed abstract of approximately 200 words with a list of 3-5 keywords using the online submission site at If you intend to organize a session, please indicate on the form. For sessions submit a 500 word proposal along with a list of potential papers. All submitted abstracts and session proposals will be reviewed by the ISQOLS members organizing the conference. There will be opportunities to submit your paper for publication consideration in a special issue of our journal as well as book volumes in our series with Springer.


Important Dates:

Conference Date: October 15-17, 2015

Submission of Abstracts: April 1 – May 15, 2015

Announcement of Acceptance: May 30, 2015

Registration Opens: May 15, 2015


Visiting Phoenix and Arizona:

Phoenix Skyharbor International Airport provides direct service and connections from numerous cities, with light rail connections to our conference venue. The Renaissance Hotel is located in vibrant downtown Phoenix offering plenty of choices in restaurants and cultural venues.


Secure your hotel registration now via:



2015 Quality of Life Conference Committee:

Ron Anderson, University of Minnesota

Andrew Clark, Paris School of Economics

Scott Cloutier, Arizona State University

Patsy Kraeger, Arizona State University

Kai Ludwigs, Happiness Research Organization

Ruut Veenhoven, Erasmus University Rotterdam


International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) Executive Committee:

Rhonda Phillips, President (USA)
Mariano Rojas, President Elect (Mexico)
Denis Huschka, Executive Director (Germany)
Robert Cummins (Australia), Richard Estes (US), Wolfgang Glatzer (Germany)
Filomena Maggino (Italy), Valerie Moller (South Africa), Past Presidents
Ferran Casas , Vice President of Professional Affairs (Spain)
Andrew Clark, Vice President Finance (France)
Peter Krause, Vice President of Programs (Germany)
Don Rahtz, Vice President of Publications (US)
Jose de Jesus Garcia Vega, Co-Vice President of Publicity/Membership (Mexico)
Graciela Tonon, Vice President of External Affairs (Argentina)
Ming-Chang Tsai, Co-Vice President of Publicity/Membership (Taiwan)
Giampaolo Nuvolati, Vice President of Academic Affairs (Italy)
Joseph Sirgy, Co-Vice President of Development (USA)
Richard Estes, Co-Vice President of Development (USA)




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