ISSC Report – Challenging Inequalities

ISSC Report – Challenging Inequalities

The World Social Science Report 2016 by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) is highly relevant today. The issues discussed in this report are directly related to the problems that IASQ highlights, in its Post Brexit Declaration on Social Quality In Europe. This is why we encourage you to download the report here, by kind permission of the…

Support Social Quality Declaration on Europe!

Support Social Quality Declaration on Europe!

IASQ is calling scholars to support our Declaration that was published om March 8, 2017. The Declaration, titled The Post Brexit Declaration on Social Quality In Europe, deals with the pressing needs of European society after last year’s victory of the Leave camp in the Brexit vote. The Declaration notes: “A Europe that was forged to…

Journal 6.1 released – Free download extended

Journal 6.1 released – Free download extended

Issue 6.1 of the International Journal of Social Quality has been published by Berghahn Journals. An article on the social consequences of Brexit is available as a free download . Update: The availability of this free download has been extended over the next months, from February through June 2017. This article is written by Steve Corbett, at Liverpool Hope University….

Free downloads of most viewed articles

Free downloads of most viewed articles

Download our top 5 most viewed articles from 2016! Berghahn Journals have kindly made these free downloads available until March 15 2017. The articles have appeared in the International Journal of Social Quality in 2015 and 2016. Click on the titles for access to the full text. We hope you will find these articles inspirational. 1. People,…

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…

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