20 July 2020 - 23 July 2020
Prague, Czech Republic
The International Congress of Psychology (ICP) is organized every four years. After a long history, the first ICP Congress was held in Paris in 1889, the ICP has become one of the largest international psychological events. The theme of the 32nd edition of this conference is "Open Minds, Societies and the World". It will take place between 20-23 July in Prague.
IIASA researcher Anastasia Aldelina Lijadi will present a recent paper entitled "Years of Good Life (YoGL): A well-being indicator tailored for serving as sustainable development criterion" at this conference. The paper was developed in the framework of the "The Demography of Sustainable Human Wellbeing" project, that is led by World Population Program Director Wolfgang Lutz, who won the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant in 2017. The project aims to make an unconventional cross-disciplinary contribution to advancing the discussion around and search for broadly acceptable and empirically measurable quantitative indicators of socioeconomic progress and long-term human well-being that can serve as criteria for judging sustainable development.
Lijadi will have four contributions at this conference:
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Years of Good Life (YoGL): A well-being indicator tailored for serving as sustainable development criterion
Wolfgang Lutz, Erich Stressnich, Anna Dimitrova, Anastasia A. Lijadi, Claudia Reiter, Sonja Spitzer & Dilek Yildiz
The sustainable wellbeing of all human population groups today and in the future is the overarching goal of sustainable development (SD) as defined by the Brundtland Commission and as enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To assess whether progress in this direction is being made, large numbers of quantitative indicators have been defined by various organizations and scientists. These indicators either cover certain partial aspects of SD or try to give weighted averages of a broad range of aspects, which typically can only be assessed for the past but not modelled for the future. Yet, sustainability science calls for a comprehensive indicator of human wellbeing (W) that can both be empirically assessed and modelled in its future trends as a function of influencing factors, including possible feedbacks from environmental change. Here we propose a tailor-made indicator to serve precisely this purpose following the specification of six explicit criteria that should be met. Years of Good Life (YoGL) is based on the fact that in order to be able to enjoy any quality of life, one has to be alive. But since mere survival is not considered as good enough, life years are counted conditional on meeting minimum standards in three objective dimensions (being out of absolute poverty and enjoying physical and cognitive health) and in the subjective dimension of life satisfaction. We present the theoretical foundations, discuss the data requirements and methods for calculating the indicator and illustrate its application to populations at different stages of development.
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Acting Research Group Leader and Principal Research Scholar Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program
Principal Research Scholar and Senior Program Advisor Population and Just Societies Program
Executive Assistant to the DDGS Directorate - DDG for Science Department
The Demography of Sustainable Human Wellbeing
Lijadi, A.A. (2019). What are universally accepted human values that define ‘a good life’? Historical perspective of value theory. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-19-006
Lutz, W., Lijadi, A.A., Strießnig, E. , Dimitrova, A., & Caldeira Brant de Souza Lima, M. (2018). Years of Good Life (YoGL): A new indicator for assessing sustainable progress. IIASA Working Paper. Laxenburg, Austria: WP-18-007
Lijadi, A.A. (2018). Theoretical Foundations to outline Human Well-being: Metaanalytic Literature Review for defining Empowered Life Years. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-18-002
Lutz, W. (2017). Studying the Demography of Sustainable Human Wellbeing: Empowered Life Years (ELY) as Sustainability Criterion. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-17-009
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