CfP Special Issue “The role of leisure activities and leisure time in quality of life (subjective well-being, life satisfaction)”


Guest editors: Michala Lustigova, Anna Altova, Charles University, Faculty of Science, Research Centre on Health, Quality of Life and Lifestyle in a Geodemographic and Socioeconomic Context (GeoQol)

 Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to invite researchers from different disciplines, such as social epidemiology, health geography, (health) demography, sociology, social sciences, social anthropology, psychology and other related disciplines, to submit papers to this Special Issue on “The role of leisure activities and leisure time in quality of life”. Multidisciplinary research that addresses multiple cultural-social-environmental-economical aspects, with regard to different roles of leisure activities and leisure time in QoL is particularly welcome.

Quality of life (QoL) is determined by objective factors that influence human life, and also by their subjective perception. Once individuals meet their basic biological needs, they also seek fulfilment of their psychological needs. The leisure activities and leisure time play an important role in fulfilling these needs and hence they have a major role in QoL. Through participation in leisure activities people build social relationships, experience positive emotions, acquire additional skills and knowledge, and therefore improve their quality of life.

However, participation in and opportunities for leisure activities that influence quality of life vary across regions, cultures, populations, cohorts and over time. In this Special Issue, original research articles based on empirical evidence are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • The effect of different types of leisure activities on Qol
  • Age, period and/or cohort effect of leisure activities (types of activities) on Qol
  • The role of satisfaction with leisure time/activities in QoL
  • Monetary constraints as restricting factors for some types of activities and their impact in QoL
  • The role of place-centred leisure characteristics (leisure resources and environment) in QoL
  • Leisure as a QoL indicator
  • Leisure time, social interaction & QoL
  • Gender differences in leisure activities & QoL
  • Life-course effects of leisure activities on QoL
  • Time spent on leisure & QoL
  • Parenthood, leisure & QoL
  • The different effect of individual, partnership, and family leisure activities on QoL
  • COVID-19 effect on leisure activities and leisure time management

Abstract submission deadline: 1 February 2023
Notification of abstract acceptance: 15 March 2023
Full manuscript deadline: 1 June 2023
Publishing of the Special Issue: December 2023

We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 400–600 words summarizing their intended contribution. Please send it to the guest editors ( or to the publication’s editorial office (, mentioning in the subject of the email For the QoL Special Issue 4/2023. Abstracts will be reviewed by the guest editors for the purpose of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue.

Instructions for authors
We strongly encourage authors to submit papers between 4000 and 6000 words. For further details, please check the guidelines for authors on the website of the journal (