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    To provide an organization through which all academic and professional researchers interested in QOL studies may coordinate their efforts to advance the field of QOL studies to their own academic disciplines

    To assume leadership in academic circles (and/or estab-lish guidelines) for an objective and scientific appraisal of the impact of products, programs, services, organiza-tions, and/or institutions on the QOL of society and se-lected groups (e.g., populations segments, communi-ties, countries).

    To stimulate interdisciplinary research in QOL studies within managerial (policy), behavioral, social, medical, and the environmental sciences.

    To develop closer liaisons across academic disciplines such as marketing, management, economics, sociology, psychology, communications, political science, hospitali-ty, housing, education, public administration, health care, environmental sciences, medical sciences, and others where QOL research is being pursued.

    To encourage closer cooperation among scholars en-gaged in QOL studies in developing better measures and methods of QOL for various groups (at various lev-els of analysis) and better QOL intervention strate-gies, programs, and policies.

    To develop closer liaisons with other organizations asso-ciated with QOL studies to help develop a network of QOL researchers and organizations world-wide.

    To play a role of a social change agent to bring about policies to foster QOL of various segments of society based on solid scientific study of QOL.



    About ISQOLS The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) is an international society whose purpose are to promote and en-courage research in the field of quality-of-life (QOL) studies. Established in 1995 by a group of academic colleagues who have long engaged in quality-of-life research, ISQOLS became an interdisciplinary and professional home that binds scientists doing quality of life or well-being re-search in the basic and applied social and behavioral sciences. In the last 20 years, ISQOLS has become a globally-recognized professional organization, with its own publications, journals, conferences, and identity. ISQOLS mission focuses on cre-ating a paradigm shift within tra-ditional academic disciplines and to transform Quality-of-Life studies into an academic disci-pline in its own right. The goal is to establish academic degree programs, departments, and schools within institutions of higher education worldwide, all focused on the science of well-being. The ultimate goal is to help with the creation, dissemi-nation, and utilization of knowledge of the science of well-being across all walks of life.

  • ISQOLS members answer:

    What is Quality-of-Life Studies? and Why did

    you join ISQOLS?

    Carol Graham Quality of Life studies seek to understand human experience and human well-being beyond what can be assessed by simple, income based metrics. It com-bines the work of several disciplines, from behavioral economics and psycholo-gy, to many others, including sociology and anthropology. It is a burgeoning and exciting new field in the social sciences. I have been a member of ISQOLS from its early days. I chose it and stay with it because of the wonderful scholar-ship and collegiality of all of those involved. It is a constant window into new work in the area, with endless opportunities for collaboration and new learning.

    Graciela Tonon

    Quality-of-life studies is a specialty field devoted to the analysis of material and psych-social conditions of living. The social indicators movement provided the im-petus for public policy officials to use this science in political decision-making. It is an evolving field of study where we are always learning new things. I joined ISQOLS because I wanted to learn from other researchers about social indicators research and the science of well-being. ISQOLS has the best network of scien-tists who are at the forefront of the QOL/well-being research movement."

    M. Joseph Sirgy One way to think of the concept of quality of life can is by making reference to its antonym, namely quantity of life. Quantity of life refers to life expectancy or longevity. Health sciences tend to focus mostly on life expectancy or longevity as the ultimate performance criterion. Most medical interventions are evaluated in terms of this construct. In contrast, quality of life focuses on what makes life worth living. Subjective indicators of quality of life point to constructs such as per-sonal happiness, life satisfaction, hedonic well-being, psychological well-being, and Eudaimonia. Objective indicators of quality of life point to constructs such as the objective reality affecting peoples various life conditions in work life, family life, leisure life, social life, financial life, community life, cultural life, spiritual life, etc. This field of study is extremely important because the concept of quality of life is the ultimate performance criterion in many disciplines of the social and be-

    havioral sciences.

    Dr. Carol Graham PhD, Leo Pasvolsky Senior

    Fellow, The Brookings Institu-

    tion/College Park Professor,

    University of Maryland, USA

    Graciela Tonon Director of UNICOM

    (Universidad de Lomas de Zamora, Argentina) and the

    Director of CICS (Universidad de Palermo, Argentina)

    M. Joseph Sirgy

    PhD, Virginia Tech Real

    Estate Professor of Market-ing, Pamplin College of

    Business, Virginia Polytech-nic Institute & State Univer-

    sity, USA

  • ISQOLS HIGHLIGHTS ISQOLS Publications ISQOLS is involved in the publication of a wide range of scholarly journals, book series, and other ac-ademic publications. Most notable journal publications include Social Indicators Network News (SINET), the journal of Applied Research in Quality of Life (ARQOL), Social Indicators Research (SIR), Journal of Happiness Studies (JOHS). Book series include a variety of Springer published handbooks featuring handbooks in quality-of-life research, best practices in quality-of-life, and community quality-of-life. All ISQOLS members receive significant discounts to these and many other publications.

    Annual ISQOLS Conference Each year, ISQOLS hosts an annual conference which focuses on a particular theme related to quality-of-life and well-being research. QoL experts, students, and professionals gather together to present their research on topics ranging from policy and governance to the environment, poverty, happiness, and societal well-being. ISQOLS welcomes paper submissions from anyone interested in presenting on these topics at the upcoming conference. More details can be found at

    ISQOLS Awards ISQOLS is proud to honor individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the field of quality-of-life studies. Annual awards include recognition of research fellows, distinguished service, distinguished quality-of-life researcher, best dissertation, award for the betterment of human condi-tion, and the best annual paper in Applied Research in Quality of Life (ARQOL), Social Indicators Re-search (SIR), and Journal of Happiness Studies (JOHS). To view a full list of awards and recipients, visit:

    ISQOLS Foundation The objectives of ISQOLS foundation are to sponsor research on QOL in an area that is likely to lead to policy formulation and/or positive social change. Various funds provide members with financial as-sistance to cover expenses related to conference registration and travel/lodging related to the annual conference.

    Quality-of-Life Certification Program This certification program is designed to help QOL researchers specializing in community indicators projects obtain additional training and become officially certified in the field. This self-paced course

    Leadership Positions ISQOLS provides members with many leadership opportunities such as chairing tracks on the annual conference, members of the conference scientific committee, becoming a vice-president on the exec-utive committee, becoming a member of the board of directors, serving on the editorial boards of ISQOLS various publications, etc.

    Mentorship Opportunities ISQOLS provides mentorship to doctoral students and junior faculty to assist in their professional de-velopment. Mentorship workshops are offered through the annual conference.


    MEMBER BENEFITS Why join the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies?

    As a registered member of the ISQOLS community you receive the following benefits: Discounted cost of registration for accredited Quality-of-Life

    Certification Program Significant discounts to books in Springers book series on Social Indicators Research, Community Quality of Life, Best Practices in Quality of Life, and Handbooks of Quality of Life Research. Three issues of Social Indicators Network News (SINET) every year Free access to back issues of SINET

    Four issues of Applied Research in Quality of Life (ARQOL) every year A personal expertise profile in the online ISQOLS membership

    directory Significant subscription discounts for Social Indicators Research (SIR) and the Journal of Happiness Studies (JOHS) Significant discount to books in Springers Social Indicators Re-search Book Series Communication and debate with other QOL researchers on the

    open ISQOLS blog Getting recognized for important work through ISQOLS awards

    program Apply for research support through ISQOLS Foundation

    Free access to lectures, slide presentations, and other educa-

    tional resources from