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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.


19 September 2023

“A remarkable learning opportunity with immense potential”, Johnson Kansiime on his inaugural poster presentation

Johnson Kansiime, our doctoral student, had a great experience as he conducted his first-ever poster presentation. This was during the International Society of Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) 2023 Annual Conference, which took place in Rotterdam,...

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12 September 2023

Arbnora Shala shares experiences from her first doctoral certificate course held as part of the 17th International Research Workshop

Arbnora Shala, our dedicated PhD Researcher at RuWell, recently participated in the 17th International Research Workshop hosted at Akademie Sankelmark in the north of Germany. This prestigious event was meticulously organized by distinguished...

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25 August 2023

A proud moment for RuWell as our project leader earns the ISQOLS 2023 Young Scholar Award

At the climax of the recently concluded International Society of Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) 2023 Annual Conference, our project leader, Antje, was honoured with the prestigious 2023 Young Scholar Award. ISQOLS is an international society of...

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