Collaboration With the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Start: 2017 – ongoing

Joint Effort for International Journal

Thanks to the collaboration with scholars of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou dating back to 2007, IASQ has had the opportunity to start a dialogue with representatives of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) about collaboration for disseminating and enhancing the social quality approach (SQA). As a first step, a beginning was made with the further elaboration of the International Journal of Social Quality for five years, starting in 2018. In 2017, both CASS and IASQ have signed a contract with Berghahn Publishers. In the editorial of Volume 8, Issue 1 the rationale behind this new collaboration has been explained.

The evolution of emphases in SQA during the past decade was an important factor in the discussion with CASS representatives. As explained in Social Quality, From Theory to Indicators, SQA now extends beyond analyses of processes in a range of policy areas seen as aspects of societal complexities (first field) and of related processes in urban contexts (second field). It has added analyses oriented on the development or destruction of sustainable daily circumstances (third field). In this way a more global point of view has been introduced in theorizing social quality and SQA.

Expert Meeting on Social Quality

In September 2018 CASS hosted, with editors of the International Journal of Social Quality and Chinese and international scholars, a social quality expert meeting in Beijing. The goals of this meeting were twofold. The first concerned the start of a new debate about the meaning and application of social quality indicators, which should be relevant for all three fields. This concerns the development of the third wave of social quality indicators. The first wave took place between 2001-2006 in fourteen member states of the European Union. The second was between 2007-2014 in Southeast Asia and Australia (see Working Papers nr 13 about the history of SQA). Because CASS is starting with yearly surveys about the ‘Social Quality Situation of China’  it is important to reach a new consensus about the nature and rationale of the social quality indicators.  The second goal of the CASS conference concerned the content and functioning of the International Journal of Social Quality. With regard the functioning, thanks to the support of CASS, the editors hope to be better enabled to give new input to the development of the SQA, in order to contribute to ideas and practices how to cope with the most relevant societal challenges in connection with the most pressing ecological questions.