The positive social science of the 21st century will have as a useful side effect the possibility of prevention of the serious mental illnesses; For there are a set of human strengths that most likely buffer against mental illness: courage, optimism, interpersonal skill, work ethic, hope, responsibility, future-mindedness, honesty and perseverance, to name several. But it will have as its direct effect a scientific understanding of the practice of civic virtue and of the pursuit of the best things in life.

─────  Martin E.P. Seligman


  • Invigorate the positive social science movement and be a global leader in this intellectual movement
  • Make contributions to personal and collective wellbeing the terminal value of technology development and community building
  • Enrich knowledge creation in all disciplines with a positive social science orientation


  • Leverage on shared research goals and existing complementary strengths
  • Promote creative synergy through knowledge sharing and dissemination
  • Orchestrate new global research initiatives that define the field of positive social science


(A 5 year action plan)

Synergy of ongoing projects through comparative analysis
Community rejuvenation
Sustainable environment (pollution)
Orange technology
Trans-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research
Aging research
Gender studies
Discovery-oriented research methodology in social science
Knowledge dissemination activities
A knowledge sharing website
A reputable international journal
Human capital building
Faculty and graduate student exchange
Summer school on positive social science
Identity defining research: A global wellbeing index

When & Where

  • Launch in Dec 7. November 2015 in Tainan

Contact Us

電話:06-2757575 #56059
地址:701台南市東區大學路1號 國立成功大學

Resource commitment and possibilities

Funding from CUHK and NCKU

  • Existing programs are well funded
  • Additional seed funding from CUHK and NCKU to support synergetic activities and new projects
  • Additional external funding from public and private sectors, and regional and international NGOs


  • Intellectual impact: Highly visible thought leadership
  • Social contributions: Contributions to community building and rejuvenation
  • Economic value through contributions to humanized technology development
  • Educational impact: Training of future thought leaders in positive social science