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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.


18 July 2024

RuWell to Lead Organization of IAMO’s Annual Scientific Conference, the IAMO Forum

We at RuWell are thrilled to announce that we shall take the lead in organizing IAMO’s prestigious annual scientific conference, the IAMO Forum, scheduled for June 18-20, 2025. Next year’s event, organised under the theme, “Rural Roots and Routes:…

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10 July 2024

Brian Beadle, Antje Jantsch and Johnson Kansiime on modelling well-being using Bayesian Multidimensional Item Response Theory

The ISQOLS Annual conference has always been a valuable platform for us at RuWell to share our research ideas and work in progress and get much-valued feedback; this year’s event in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, was no exception. Our colleague Johnson…

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10 July 2024

Arbnora Shala presents a scientific poster during the 22nd ISQOLS Conference, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Our colleague Arbnora Shala had the pleasure to present her research poster titled "Exploring Immobility Patterns of Rural Populations: Empirical Evidence from South East Europe" during the recently concluded ISQOLS Annual Conference that took place…

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