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…

International Journal of Social Quality 5.2 released

International Journal of Social Quality 5.2 released

The latest issue of the International Journal of Social Quality is now available from Berghahn Journals. Technically labeled as the ‘Winter 2015’ issue, 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. One…

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…

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