News from China: New book and Summer School

News from China: New book and Summer School

IASQ board member Professor Ka Lin, of Zhejiang University, China, has published a new book on social quality. The book is titled Social Quality: Theoretical considerations, Methods and International Comparison. It is available in Chinese from amazon.cn. Read more about this book. Zhejiang University hosted the international Summer School Program on “Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Organizations and…

Free download from International Journal of Social Quality 5.2

Free download from International Journal of Social Quality 5.2

The latest issue of the International Journal of Social Quality is available from Berghahn Journals. A substantial part of the content focuses on the consequences of the Paris Climate Conference of December 2015 and the essential role of the social quality view in obtaining its goals. The publishers provided a free download of an article…

Farewell speeches for gay men presented to Pope Francis

Farewell speeches for gay men presented to Pope Francis

At the public audience of June 22 2016, Dutch priest Pierre Valkering presented to Pope Francis a selection of farewell speeches held by Father Jan van Kilsdonk sj at funeral ceremonies for gay men, victims of the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the late 20th century. The book, Addio Ragazzo di Luce, was received by the pope with keen…

A new book and two Chinese translations

A new book and two Chinese translations

Berghahn Books (Oxford/New York, www.Berghahnbooks.com) has published ‘Social Quality Theory: A new Perspective on Social Development’, edited by prof. Ka Lin and prof. Peter Herrmann. This book assesses societal progress and introduces relevant policy proposals in a more nuanced approach, breaking through the limitations previously set by purely economistic paradigms.   In December 2015 the Chinese…

International Journal of Social Quality 5.1

International Journal of Social Quality 5.1

Issue 5.1 of the International Journal on Social Quality has been released by Berghahn Journals. In this issue the tension between economic politics and policies and the role and meaning of other dimensions of societies is central. The contributions to this issue reflect the ambition of the Journal to stimulate a dialogue between various approaches to address…

Worldwide support for IASQ / ISS manifesto

Worldwide support for IASQ / ISS manifesto

The sustainability manifesto published by IASQ and ISS in The Netherlands is being supported and reposted worldwide. Below are some links to sites and blogs voicing their support for this manifesto, urging scholars and world leaders at the Paris climate conference COP21 to address increasing unsustainability of living conditions on our planet.   Programa Ambiente…

ISSC supports sustainability manifesto

ISSC supports sustainability manifesto

The International Social Science Council (ISSC) has published a letter of support for the sustainability manifesto, an initiative of IASQ and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at the approach of the Paris climate conference. In the letter Professor Doctor Alberto Martinelli, president of ISSC, states: “Undoubtedly, the biggest challenge we now face is…

IASQ and ISS publish sustainability manifesto

IASQ and ISS publish sustainability manifesto

At the approach of the Climate Conference in Paris IASQ and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) have published a manifesto, pressing for the crossing of existing borders in academic action on sustainability and inspiring state leaders to support this. This Paris Manifesto focuses on the urgent need for universities to address increasing unsustainability of living conditions…

Social Quality – Building Bridges

The International Association on Social Quality (IASQ) contributes to building bridges towards cohesive and sustainable human societies. To achieve this, IASQ develops the social quality theory, methodology and policy application. Social quality is defined as the extent to which people are able to participate in social relationships under conditions which enhance their well-being, capacity and individual potential. Read more in this introduction.

This website informs about the work and background of the International Association on Social Quality and its predecessor, the European Foundation on Social Quality (EFSQ).

The site contains information on:

Development of the Social Quality Approach

For in-depth information read Working Paper 13: The Start and Development of the Social Quality Approach. An executive summary is also available. The paper presents an overview of the development of social quality theory, methodology and policy application since the 1990s as a result of a collective endeavour by a large number of scientists in Europe, Asia and Australia, inspired to address current and upcoming societal issues.

In project collaboration with

ISS, Part of Erasmus University - The Hague, the Netherlands

EURISPES - Institute of Political, Economic and Social Studies - Rome, Italy

Zhejiang University - Hangzhou, China