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Welcome to the Leibniz Best Minds Project RuWell


Rural well-being in transition: multidimensional drivers and effects on (im)mobility

RuWell is a Leibniz Best Minds project funded by the Leibniz Association. The RuWell team of this Leibniz Junior Research Group is led by Antje Jantsch and is investigating quality of life in rural Southeast Europe and East Germany by developing a Multidimensional Well-being Index (MWI) for these areas. We aim at decoding the link between quality of life and (im)mobility decisions of rural residents with a special focus on the dimension of place attachment that has received little attention in this context. Our target countries include Albania, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, and East Germany. The project is largely inspired by and builds on Antje Jantsch’s outstanding academic achievements, more especially in the thematic areas of quality of life, happiness research, and subjective well-being.

We seek to generate policy-salient research findings that will shape public discourse on matters pertaining to quality of life in rural Europe. Sharing our findings is at the heart of our research activities, and we follow the guidelines of Good Scientific Practice stipulated by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Leibniz Association. RuWell collaborates with scientists from various disciplines and institutions, see the “partners” section for more details about this.


17 May 2024

IAMO Doctoral Researcher wins DAAD Conference Travel Grant

Our doctoral researcher from the Department of Agricultural Policy was awarded a prestigious travel grant by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). This grant will support his participation in the International Society of Quality-of-Life…

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17 April 2024

Antje participated in the Leibniz Mentoring Program

Antje successfully completed the Leibniz Mentoring Program 2022/23 this year. The Leibniz Mentoring program has brought women in science together for the past ten years. In celebration of this milestone, Antje and her mentor, Prof. Dr. Amelie…

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12 March 2024

RuWell team participates in the 2024 BeWell meeting

Our colleagues, Arbnora Shala, Johnson Kansiime and our project leader Dr. Antje Jantsch yet again had the pleasure to participate in this year’s Berlin Network of Research on Wellbeing (BeWell) meeting that took place in Magdeburg. Engaging…

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