Welcome to 16th ISQOLS Annual Conference on Promotion of Quality of Life in the Changing World
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    ISQOLS President

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    Chair of local organizing committee; Associate Vice President and Chair Professor of Applied Social Sciences at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Contact us

icon 1 Location : The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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- International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies
- Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Four distinguished scholars have been invited to give keynote lectures, including one keynote lecture and three lectures named after former ISQOLS presidents: the Alex C. Michalos, the Ed F. Diener and the Richard J. Estes Lectures.

Keynote lecture:

Good Societies, Financial Inequality and a Good Life: From Aristotle to Piketty

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Professor Alex C. Michalos is Professor Emeritus in political science from the University of Northern British Columbia, former Chancellor of the university, former ISQOLS president, former editor and founder of Social Indicators Research, author of 23 books and over 120 articles, Member of the Order of Canada, winner of the Gold Medal for Achievement in Research from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Keynote Lecture :

Good societies, financial inequality and secrecy, and a good life: from Aristotle to Piketty (working paper)

Panel lecture :

Milestones of Quality of Life Research in Canada, 1960s to 2014. (PDF)

Named Lectures

Richard J. Estes Lecture:

PROMOTION OF QUALITY OF LIFE: What have We Learned from 50 Years of Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Analyses?

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Professor Kenneth C. Land is the John Franklin Crowell Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Demographic Studies and Research Professor in the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University. Dr. Land is well known for his scholarship and research in the development and application of mathematical and statistical models in sociology, demography, criminology, and social indicators/quality-of-life studies. He is the author of over 200 journal articles and other research publications on these topics. In the field of social indicators and quality-of-life studies, Dr. Land has developed models for the construction, analysis, and forecasting of social indicators and the quality of life. Most recently, he has led a project on the development and analysis of summary indexes for measuring trends in child and youth well-being in the United States. This project now is co-sponsored by the U.S. National Office of the YMCA which releases its annual Child and Youth Well-Being Index (CWI) reports. Dr. Land has been elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Sociological Research Association, the American Society of Criminology, and the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies.

Alex C. Michalos Lecture:

An Evidence-Based Typology of Asian Societies

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Professor Takashi Inoguchi, Ph.D. from MIT, is Emeritus Professor, University of Tokyo, former UN Assistant Secretary General, former President, the University of Niigata Prefecture, currently Eminent Scholar-Professor at J.F. Oberlin University (Tokyo). He writes prolifically on Japan, Asia’s quality of life and international affairs. He is a grantee of ISQOLS’s Distinguished Research Fellow award, Suntory Foundation’s best book of the year award, International Communication Fund’s excellent research award, Japanese Public Policy Association’s best book award, Japanese Behaviormetric Society’s best book award, and Association of American Publishers’ Proze award to James Wright-edited International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences to which he is a contributor. He is founding editor of Japanese Journal of Political Science (Cambridge University Press), International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (Oxford University Press) and Asian Journal of Comparative Politics (SAGE Publications). He is Director of the AsiaBarometer Survey which focuses on quality of life in 32 Asian societies. Among his publications are: American Democracy Promotion (Oxford University Press), The Political Economy of Japan: The Changing International Context (Stanford University Press), and The Quality of Life in Asia (Springer). His latest publications are: Trust with Asian Characteristics (Springer, 2017), Exit, Voice and Loyalty in Asia (Springer, 2017).

Alex C.Michalos lecture:

Human Well-Being in East Asia Trends-Forecasting Methods (PDF)

Panel lecture:

The History of Public Polling in Assessing Wellbeing in East Asia (PDF)

Ed F. Diener Lecture:
Designing Interventions that Have a Powerful Effect on Promoting Wellbeing in the Changing World

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Professor Felicia Huppert is Director of the Well-being Institute and Emeritus Professor at University of Cambridge, and Professor of Psychology, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University, Sydney. Dr. Huppert is internationally renowned for her work on the science of well-being and the promotion of human flourishing. Her work is unusual in that it brings together traditional approaches from cognitive psychology and neuropsychology with a population perspective derived from epidemiology. Dr. Huppert also advises governments and international bodies on the measurement of well-being, and on policies to enhance well-being. Her research examines the causes and consequences of well-being, using data from large population samples, longitudinal cohorts, and intervention programs. Dr. Huppert’s current research focuses on four main areas: major studies of the effects of mindfulness training for both teachers and students (https://mindfulnessinschools.org/); a Templeton funded project on well-being and compassionate care in a healthcare setting; analysis of the effects of the global financial crisis on well-being across Europe; and development of a psychometrically robust multi-dimensional measure of subjective well-being to guide research and policy. In addition to numerous published papers, her edited books include the seminal publication The Science of Well-Being (OUP, 2005), a four-volume set Major Works in Happiness and Well-Being (Routledge, 2011) and Interventions and Policies to Enhance Well-Being (Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, 2014).

Conference Programme

Pre-conference site visit

You’re invited! ISQOLS 2018 Pre-conference site visit to Social Weather Stations, Manila, Philippines!

The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies invites you to attend the pre-conference site visit at the Social Weather Stations Headquarters in Manila, Philippines from June 11th-13th! Attendees will enjoy a presentation, “Quality of Life in the Philippines – the SWS Social Weather Reporting System” at the SWS Knowledge Center, followed by a guided afternoon city tour, and dinner provided by ISQOLS. The following day, participants will depart Manila for Hong Kong (2.5 hour flight) for the 2018 ISQOLS International Conference (June 14-16). The pre-conference site visit program fee (US$300 for members/US$320 for non-members) covers lodging and planned activities. For more details and to register, please visit isqols.org/manila. Registration deadline is: March 16th. Questions? Contact: office@isqols.org


Pre-conference workshops

We are pleased to announce that three preconference workshops will be held on 13th June 2018:

  • A crash course in the psychology of well-being
    1. Facilitator: Prof. M. Joseph Sirgy

  • ISQOLS’ certification program in community QOL indicators research
    1. Facilitator: Prof. M. Joseph Sirgy

  • Defining and measuring well-being as a multi-dimensional construct
    1. Facilitator: Prof. Felicia A. Huppert

    All three preconference workshops are free of charge to registered conference participants. Please sign up by sending us email (isqols.2018@polyu.edu.hk) . Your registration will be confirmed via email, on a first-come-first-served basis. Details of the three workshops can be found here.


    Conference program

    The conference program can be found here (latest version, updated by 23rd May).



    Conference abstract booklet

    The conference abstract booklet can be found here (updated by 12th June).
    ISBN number: 978-988-16412-0-5


    Guidelines for presenters and moderators

    The guidelines for presenters and moderators can be found here.



    Notes to participants

    The notes to conference participants can be found here.

  • Travel and accommodation information
  • Weather in June in Hong Kong and bad weather arrangements
  • Conference venue at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Arrangement for welcome reception
  • Campus map of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

  • Call for Abstracts

    The 16th ISQOLS Annual Conference will be co-organized by ISQOLS and the Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University from June 14th to June 16th 2018 (Thursday to Saturday) in Hong Kong, China.

    The theme of the conference is “Promotion of Quality of Life in the Changing World”. With emerging global challenges such as mental health issues, aging population, global warming, pollution and inequalities, this conference constitutes a platform for researchers and practitioners in different fields to make presentations on academic and practical research findings on quality of life, well-being, and happiness, with particular reference to how such work can promote quality of life in the changing world. There are different tracks of the conference as follows:

    Track 1: Concepts and theories of quality of life, well-being and happiness

    Track 2: Methodological tools, issues and advances in the study of quality of life, well-being and happiness

    Track 3: Economics, employment, income inequality and poverty

    Track 4: Policies on quality of life, well-being and happiness

    Track 5: Quality of life in different communities, places and the global world

    Track 6: Quality of life in the different stage(s) of the lifespan

    Track 7: Health and wellness

    Track 8: Family quality of life

    Track 9: Initiatives to promote human development, Quality-of-Life programmes and evaluation

    Track 10: Emergent issues in human development in the global world

    Track 11: Philosophy and well-being

    Abstract submission is now CLOSED


    Note: The papers will be assigned to different Endowed Tracks where appropriate. Authors may also indicate their preference when submitting their abstracts. For more details on the Endowed Tracks, please refer to the ISQOLS website . The Endowed Tracks are as follows:

    - The Ronald E. Anderson Endowed Track on the Alleviation of Human Suffering
    - The Elizabeth Eckermann Endowed Track on Gender and Quality of Life
    - The Takashi Inoguchi Endowed Track on Quality of Life and Well-being in East Asia
    - The Kenneth C. Land Endowed Track on the Advancement of Quality of Life and Well-Being of Children
    - The Mahar Mangahas Endowed Track for the Advancement of Quality of Life and Well-Being in Southeast Asia
    - The Rhonda G. Phillips Endowed Track for the Promotion of Community Development and Community Well-Being
    - The Daniel Shek-Wofoo Foundation Endowed Track for the Advancement of Adolescent Quality of Life Research
    - The M. Joseph Sirgy Endowed Track on Well-Being and Policy

    Abstract Submission

    Submission Instructions

    Before submitting an abstract, authors are requested to carefully check which one of the 11 tracks is the most appropriate track for the paper. Abstracts must be submitted to the most appropriate track (i.e., ONE track only) of the conference by the presenting author. For an accepted abstract, the presenting author must register for the conference and present the paper at the conference. Our policy is that the acceptance of submissions for the oral presentation session is on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will arrange several rounds of review. Each submission will be assessed by two reviewers (Track Chairs) appointed by the Scientific Committee. Based on the recommendations made by the Track Chairs, the Scientific Committee will make the final decision on the acceptance of the abstracts and their final presentation format and time.


    Deadline for abstract submission: November 30th, 2017 January 12th, 2018

    Notification of acceptance: Review process will be initiated upon successful submission. As a general principle, authors who submit their abstracts early would receive an early notification via email normally within 6 weeks after they submit their abstracts. We are looking forward to receiving your contributions. Please click “Abstract Guideline” for detailed information for the submission of your abstract.


    Submit the Abstract

    The conference uses an online conference management system called “EasyChair” to manage the submission of abstracts. Please read the “EasyChair Instruction for Authors” before submitting your abstract. To submit your abstract, please click here



    Educational Grants

    ISQOLS 2018 will provide grants to early career researchers from developing countries.

    You can apply for the educational grants if all of the criteria below are met:

    - You are an early researcher (doctoral student through early untenured) from a developing countries;

    - You are a current (2018) member of ISQOLS; and

    - You have been accepted as presenter for an oral/poster presentation for the conference.

    When you register online, please choose the option of applying for the educational grants under Educational Grants.

    General Terms and Conditions

    1. The conference registration fee includes:

    - Admission to all conference sessions.

    - Conference bag, schedule and electronic abstract booklet.

    - Welcome reception and coffee breaks during the conference.

    2. Rates:

    - Registration fee needs to be paid in HK dollars.

    - Early bird registration fee must be received by March 16th, 2018.

    - No walk-in participation is allowed, i.e. participants who have not registered for the conference.

    - A document of proof for (1) registered ISQOLS members (membership fee 2018 paid), (2) students (maximum aged 27) or (3) participants from developing countries is required for a reduced fee. Please send the proof to isqols.2018@polyu.edu.hk or upload the document of proof when you register online.

    3. Cancellation conditions:

    - Cancellation of registration must be sent to the conference management via email to: isqols.2018@polyu.edu.hk.

    - Cancellation policy after payment has been received: 50% refund more than 90 days prior to the conference; no refund within 90 days prior to the conference.

    - All refunds will be processed after June 16th, 2018.

    - Registration can be transferred to another participant in case of not being able to attend for an additional handling fee of USD30.

    4. Registration and payment conditions:

    - Payment can be made through the following methods: online payment (Visa/Master/China UnionPay Card); Bankdrafts or Cheques; Telegraphic Transfer.

    - Inclusion in the final program and publication of the abstract is only guaranteed after the registration fee is paid by March 16th, 2018 at the latest (non-refundable).

    - Not attending but registered participants, who have not cancelled their registration according to the cancellation policy and have not withdrawn their abstracts, are liable for the conference registration fee in full.

    - Please note that online payment will be closed on June 2nd, 2018 at 23:59PM (GMT+8, Hong Kong Time).

    Registration and Payment

    - To register for the conference, please click “Registration” and fill in the registration form.

    - Please settle your registration fee via one of the following payment methods (Please be reminded to complete the above online registration form FIRST and select if you want to attend the conference dinner).


    1. Online Card Payment

    An email notification with an online payment link will be sent to you after online registration is completed.


    2. Payment by Bankdraft or Cheque (Only HKD or USD will be accepted)

    Please send the bankdraft or cheque made payable to “The Hong Kong Polytechnic University” to the following address:


    HJ402, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR (For: 16TH ISQOLS Annual Conference)


    Please be reminded to write the following details at the back of your cheque or bankdraft for verification: Your name, organization, email and contact phone number


    If you pay the registration fee by bankdraft or cheque before the deadline (June 2nd, 2018), you can collect your receipt at the registration desk at the conference venue during the conference.


    3. Payment by Telegraphic Transfer (T/T)

    Conference participants may arrange payment of the registration fees to the bank account of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University by T/T. The handling fees for T/T charged by the local banks in Hong Kong is about HK$250 per transaction. All bank charges should be paid by the participants.


    Account Name: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    Bank Name: Hang Seng Bank Limited
    Bank Address: 83 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong, PR China
    Bank Account Number: 024-280-277476-001
    SWIFT code for Hang Seng Bank Limited: HASE HKHH (optional)
    Details of Payment: Please include: (1) Department of Applied Social Sciences, (2) 16th ISQOLS Annual Conference, and (3) name of the participant.

    After the remittance, please send a copy of the bank remittance advice to isqols.2018@polyu.edu.hk

    Hong Kong International Airport

    Hong Kong has an international airport with direct flights from major cities throughout the world. Hong Kong International Airport offers a comprehensive range of facilities and services to travelers. From the airport you’ll have direct access to train, bus, taxi and hotel transport to get you to and around town.


    The MTR’s high-speed Airport Express train is the fastest transport link to the airport and takes approximately 21 minutes to reach Kowloon and 24 minutes to reach Hong Kong Island. Airport Express passengers can catch a free shuttle bus from Kowloon Station or Hong Kong Station to major hotels. Both stations also provide free in-town check-in services for major airlines when you’re returning to the airport. Please contact your airline for further information.


    Taxis are readily available from the Taxi Station, which can be reached by the left-hand ramp outside the airport's Arrivals Hall. If you’re travelling to Hong Kong Island or Kowloon, you’ll need to catch a red taxi. If you’re headed for the New Territories you’ll need a green taxi, and those going to Lantau Island will require a blue taxi. All taxis in Hong Kong are able to take passengers to and from the airport. Fares are metered and detailed information about charges are clearly displayed inside each cab.


    There are 12 convenient Airbus ‘A’ routes that can take you from the airport to key locations on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and in the New Territories (including Lantau Island) with fewer stops than an ordinary city bus. When you exit the Arrivals Hall, turn right to find Airbuses and city buses.

    Coach and limousine charter

    Passengers who require their own personal limousines, minivans, vans and group coaches (buses) can book their transport from service providers located in the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 1 or at the coach station located in Terminal 2.

    More information:

    Weather in June

    June in Hong Kong is usually characterized by rainy weather and persistently very hot weather. The average low and high temperatures are approximately 23 °C (73 °F) and 33 °C (91 °F).


    Hong Kong is one of the most popular destinations for international tourists among countries and territories worldwide. For more information, please visit the Discover Hong Kong Website:


    Electricity and Voltage

    The standard electrical voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Most hotel bathrooms also have outlets for 100 volts, but if not, you will need a transformer for any appliance or electrical equipment. The majority of electrical outlets in Hong Kong take a three-pronged UK-style plug. You can buy an inexpensive adaptor for your electrical equipment at most convenience stores.

    For more information (e.g., money, health and safety, etc.), please visit the website:


    Visa Issue

    According to the information from Immigration Department, nationals of about 170 countries and territories may visit Hong Kong without a visa/entry permit for a period ranging from 7 days to 180 days. For more information on visa/entry permit requirements for visitors to the HKSAR, please refer to the website of Immigration Department:


    The venues of the conference are located in Hung Hom, close to Victoria Harbour. There are a number of hotels nearby with airport shuttle bus service.

    Hotel ICON

    Harbour Plaza Metropolis

    Regal Kowloon Hotel

    Popway Hotel

    The Royal Garden Kowloon Hotel

    Hotel SAV

    Best Western PLUS Hotel Kowloon

    Bridal Tea House Hotel – Hunghom Gillies Avenue South (For budget travelers)

    Bridal Tea House Hotel – Hunghom Winslow Street (For budget travelers)


    Note: Some special rates are offered by the above hotels to our conference participants. You need to submit the booking form directly to the respective hotels’ reservation teams. You may also find other accommodation options (such as guesthouses) through travel fare aggregator websites, such as Booking.com, Agoda and Ctrip, etc. We recommend you to choose hotels which are located near Hung Hom MTR Station.

    Ways of getting to PolyU

    From the airport to PolyU

    By MTR
    Take Airport Express from Hong Kong International Airport to Tsing Yi Station, interchange to Tung Chung Line for Hong Kong Station, and interchange at Nam Cheong Station to West Rail Line to Hung Hom Station. A footbridge at Hung Hom Station Exit A1 leads you to the campus. It takes around 40 minutes.

    By Bus
    Bus no. A21 goes from the Airport (Ground Transportation Centre) Bus Terminus to Hung Hom Station. A footbridge at Hung Hom Station Exit A1 leads you to the campus. It takes around 1 hour.

    From Railway Terminal (Hung Hom Station):

    On Foot
    Intercity Through Train Concourse is at Hung Hom Station Exit C. A footbridge at Hung Hom Station Exit A1 leads you to the campus.


    Most buildings on campus are accessible via ramps or lifts. Signs are available inside to indicate the location of washrooms for the physically-disabled. Connections between campus and Hung Hom Station as well as Cross Harbour Tunnel Toll Plaza bus stop (most platforms) are accessible via ramps and lifts.

    If you need any special assistance in attending our events, please contact us at isqols.2018@polyu.edu.hk in advance for more information.


    • partner 1

      The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) is an international society whose purpose is to promote and encourage research in the field of quality-of-life (QOL) studies.
      For more information on the aims and activities of ISQOLS, please visit ISQOLS website by clicking the logo above.

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      The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is the largest institution in Hong Kong in terms of student population size, funded by the Government. Its unique features include a close link to the industries, focus on applied research, promotion of knowledge transfer and its leading role in University Social Responsibility (USR). With expertise in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy and Administration and Philosophy, the Department of Applied Social Sciences (APSS) is committed to the promotion of quality of life via teaching, research and service.



    - Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    - Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    - School of Social Development, East China Normal University
    - Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong
    - Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong
    - Department of Sociology, Hong Kong Shue Yan University
    - Department of Social Work, Guangdong University of Technology
    - Department of Social Work, Fudan University
    - Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau

    Local Organizing Committee


    Professor Daniel T. L. Shek


    Dr. Janet T. Y. Leung (Secretary)

    Dr. Hildie Leung

    Dr. Jocelyn Lin

    Dr. Julie Zhu

    Dr. Diya Dou

    Ms. Moon Law

    Dr. Lee Tak Yan

    Professor Lam Ching Man

    Professor Kim Minseop

    Professor Han Xiao-yan

    Dr. Rosemary Liang