Long-term trends in Quality of Life
Mid-term conference of the ISA Research Committee
55 on Social Indicators
The Hague, The Netherlands
Thursday 12th and Friday 13th of September, 2013
Objectives of the conference:
This international conference explored the long-term developments in quality of life in societies. Both methodological issues - how to measure longitudinally progress in quality in life - as well as the results of this research - what got better and what got worse for whom - was discussed. Special attention was given to the relationship between research and policy making. How can results from quality of life research be made (more) applicable and (more) relevant for decision making on national or local level? How should politicians take into account quality of life research next to economic data? An intriguing question in this respect is why generally pessimism is prevailing in the public debate on the progress of societies?
- How to measure the progress in QoL? Applicability of QoL data for policy makers and the general public.
- What got better what got worse? Who are the winners and losers of societal development?
- Why does progress pessimism prevail in public opinion?
Aim and format of the conference
- Number of participants : about 40
- Limited number of conference themes in order to focus the conference
- Limited number of parallel sessions in order to have enough and active
participation for debate in each session
- stringent selection of submitted papers to fit into the themes of the sessions and
to have high quality presentations
- 2 plenary sessions with key notes and discussion with the audience
- 3 - 4 presentations per session in order to allow enough time for discussion.
When and where
Thursday 12th and Friday 13th of September 2013
The Netherlands Institute for Social Research | SCP, Rijnstraat 50, The Hague, The Netherlands
Dr. Rob Bijl (The Netherlands Institute for Social Research /
SCP, The Hague; Board member ISA Research Committee 55 on Social
Dr. Jeroen Boelhouwer (The Netherlands Institute for Social Research / SCP, The Hague)
Prof.dr. Ruut Veenhoven (Erasmus University Rotterdam; Chair ISA Research Committee 55 on Social Indicators)