About us

The International Association on Social Quality (previously known as the European Foundation on Social Quality) develops the social quality theory, methodology and policy application by exploring the dynamics and transformation of contemporary societies and their impact on the socioeconomic and financial, sociopolitical and legal, sociocultural and welfare, socioenvironmental dimensions of daily circumstances.


Bredeweg 20 – 1
1098 BR Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Phone +31 20 665 4923
E-mail info@socialquality.org

The Team

  • Dr. Laurent J.G. van der Maesen –  director
  • Bas van der Horst   –  web editor socialquality.org, managing editor International Journal of Social Quality
  • Cui Yan – assistant managing editor International Journal of Social Quality

IASQ Board members

  • Chair: Prof. Dr. Alan Walker, Sheffield University
  • Secretary: Dr. Laurent J.G. van der Maesen, IASQ
  • Treasurer: Mr Frits van Mechelen, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Marco Ricceri, Eurispes, Italy
  • Prof. Ka Lin, Zhejiang University, China

Prof. Dr. Alan Walker

Dr. Laurent van der Maesen

Prof. Ka Lin

Prof. Marco Ricceri

Frits van Mechelen

Key Advisors

  • Dr Wolfgang Beck, The Netherlands
  • Vivian Berghahn, New York
  • Dr Vyacheslav Bobkov, Russia
  • Dr Tim Cadman, Australia,
  • Dr Steve Corbett, United Kingdom
  • Dr Des Gasper, The Netherlands
  • Dr Peter Herrmann, Germany
  • Dr David Phillips, United Kingdom
  • Dr Valeriy Heyets, Ukraine
  • Dr Harry Nijhuis, The Netherlands
  • Dr Zuzana Novakova, Slovakia
  • Dr Claire Wallace, United Kingdom
  • P Dr Li Wei, China
  • Dr Judith Wolf, the Netherlands

About Funding

During the starting period of the SQA, the EFSQ organized with the support of universities  financial resources from the European Commission for huge and middle size projects. From the side of this Commission two large subsidies and ten middle large subsidies were received during the first and second stage of the SQA. During the first, second en third stages at least fifteen funds from The Netherlands have supported the IASQ work and an incalculable number of universities from around the world provided ‘human power’ for the work to be done. To follow this financial strategy implied a solid own infrastructure in this highly competitive area and for coping with the unrivaled administrative requirements. Universities are in fact better suited to this strategy. But they are not allowed to finance together an independent infrastructure, located outside their countries, for stimulating their orchestration.

The management of the successor of the EFSQ, the IASQ, changed course. Financial support for international oriented projects for elaborating the SQA projects are organized by herewith related universities: from university funds, private funds, and governments. In the past two decades a huge amount of financial resources have been obtained in this way: it runs into the millions for the development of the SQA. But again, the ridiculous consequence of this is that the actual ‘booster’ has no way benefited from this. A solution must be found for the current decade.

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