International Journal of Happiness and Development
- Editor in Chief
- Dr. Parviz Dabir-Alai
- ISSN online
- ISSN print
- 4 issues per year
IJHD is an interdisciplinary journal that seeks to broaden our understanding of 'happiness' and how it may relate to development from economic, political, psychological, and/or sociological perspectives. The journal entertains all definitions of happiness, including 'subjective well-being' or 'life satisfaction' – commonly used terms in economics. It welcomes rigorous and scientific papers that provide theoretical or empirical investigations which improve our understanding of how happiness is generated and how it may relate to development – interpreted at both micro and macro levels.
Topics covered include
- Determinants or consequences of happiness
- Country or societal development
- Development economics
- Economic and other forms of development
- Individual or cross-country studies
- Human development
- Living standards and quality of life
- Education and health
- Technology, communications and infrastructure
- Trade and environment
- Foreign aid other international flows
- Inequality in development or happiness
- International relations, happiness and development
- Peace, conflict resolution, development and happiness
- Additional topics, such as those at
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The objective of IJHD is to encourage applied and pragmatic critical analysis of issues relating to happiness and development. The journal seeks to establish an effective channel of communication between researchers, policy makers, practitioners and readers interested in individual or societal happiness. IJHD contributes to policy debate or controversies which reflect a range of views on the causes of increased happiness and the consequences of individual or country levels of happiness.
IJHD engages a broad and international audience. Its content is essential reading for academics, researchers, public servants, advocates, journalists and policy makers.
IJHD publishes original papers, review papers, case studies and book reviews. Special Issues devoted to important topics in happiness, well-being and development are occasionally published.
- Arvin, Mak B., Trent University, Canada
Editor in Chief
- Dabir-Alai, Parviz, Richmond University, UK
- Graham, Carol, Brookings Institution and University of Maryland, USA
Book Review Editor
- Wu, Fengyu, Wake Forest University, USA
Editorial Board Members
- Arnott, Richard, University of California – Riverside , USA
- Baltatescu, Sergiu, University of Oradea , Romania
- Brinia, Vasiliki, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
- Clark, Andrew, Ecole Normale Supérieure , France
- Coccia, Mario, National Research Council of Italy, Italy
- De, Suvayan, University of Charleston, USA
- Delle Fave, Antonella, University of Milan, Italy
- Dunn, Elizabeth, University of British Columbia , Canada
- Dutt, Amitava, University of Notre Dame , USA
- Easterlin, Richard, University of Southern California , USA
- Eisenbardt, Monika, University of Economics in Katowice, Poland
- Gaston-Breton, Charlotte, ESCP Business School, Spain
- Guisan, Carmen, University of Santiago de Compostela , Spain
- Justinek, Gorazd, k0k University, Slovenia
- Kaliterna Lipovčan, Ljiljana, Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Croatia
- Kittiprapas, Sauwalak, International Research Associates for Happy Societies (IRAH) and Rangsit University, Thailand
- Lahiri, Sajal, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA
- Lew, Byron, Trent University, Canada
- Macleod, Andrew, Royal Holloway, University of London , UK
- McGillivray, Mark, Deakin University, Australia
- Pradhan, Rudra P., Indian Institute of Technology, India
- Pugno, Maurizio, University of Cassino, Italy
- Radcliff, Benjamin, University of Notre Dame , USA
- Spangenberg, Sabine, Richmond University, UK
- Thin, Neil, University of Edinburgh, UK
- Tonon, Graciela, Universidad de Palermo and Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora, Argentina
- Veenhoven, Ruut, Erasmus University Rotterdam , Netherlands
- Voyer, Benjamin, ESCP Business School, UK
- Zarin, Milad, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
A few essentials for publishing in this journal
- Submitted articles should not have been previously published or be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.
- Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written (more details available here) and the author has cleared any necessary permissions with the copyright owner if it has been previously copyrighted.
- Briefs and research notes are not published in this journal.
- All our articles go through a double-blind review process.
- All authors must declare they have read and agreed to the content of the submitted article. A full statement of our Ethical Guidelines for Authors (PDF) is available.
- There are no charges for publishing with Inderscience, unless you require your article to be Open Access (OA). You can find more information on OA here.
- All articles for this journal must be submitted using our online submissions system.
Naked body image and self esteem
17 November, 2020
For people predisposed to take part in non-sexual nude activities body image, self-esteem, and life-satisfaction are improved by such participation. Now, research published in the International Journal of Happiness and Development suggests that for people who may not be predisposed to such activities, a nudity-based intervention may nevertheless lead to positive improvements in body image [...]
Less work, more play
3 August, 2020
In the current global situation many people have been forced to rethink what we previously referred to as a work-life balance. There was much pressure from good mental health advocates for us to opt for more leisure time if that were a possibility. Now, in the time of the global coronavirus pandemic, we can see new ways to look at leisure time with a perspective on life satisfaction. However, in research carried out before Covid-19, Yen-Lien Kuo and Tzu-Hsiu Huang of the Department of Economics at National Cheng Kung University in Tainan City, Taiwan, investigated the relationships between working hours and changes in time spent on leisure and sports activities, as well as perceived health status, and individual life satisfaction [...]