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The EVS community mourns the death of Ronald Inglehart

We received with great sadness the message that Ronald Inglehart died on May 8, 2021. With Ron’s passing, the scientific community has lost a distinguished scholar who put values research on the global map.  He contributed enormously to research on social, political and cultural change in contemporary society; the whole scientific community is indebted to him.

Ron Inglehart is best known as the founding father of the World Values Survey, a worldwide network of values researchers that organizes surveys to empirically investigate values and value change in countries around the world. This initiative originated in the European Values Study, which conducted surveys to explore value change in Europe. Ron Inglehart was introduced to EVS by Jacques-René Rabier, who had started the Eurobarometer and collaborated with Ron on that project. Ron was particularly interested in questions about political values, the role of the economy and attitudes towards the quality of life.

To further test his ‘Silent Revolution’ theory, Ron also needed data from less developed countries, which motivated him to start the World Values Survey in the early 1990s. Researchers in many nations all over the world collaborated in conducting repeated surveys among representative samples in their countries, resulting in an impressive dataset covering more than 100 societies around the globe. Using this international dataset, he demonstrated that value patterns are determined to a large extent by the degree of existential security in a society, but also that historical and cultural heritage produces path dependence in value change.

Over the years, the two values projects worked together in defining items for the questionnaires and integrating datasets for wider use. The scientific community owes Ron a great deal, both for his analytical and theoretical productivity and for his unflagging commitment to collecting data from around the world. He carried out, and enabled others to conduct, invaluable comparative studies on basic human values.

All of us will feel Ron’s absence as a great loss. We will miss him in our discussions of value change, and we will particularly miss his collaboration in collecting data for the scientific studies that he did so much to promote.

Our deep and sincere condolences go to his family and friends.

THE PARADOXES OF WORK: So important, so unstable

This webinar, organized by the Italian team of EVS on May 18th at 17.00-18.30, follows the publication of the book “Come cambiano gli italiani” (edited by F. Biolcati, G. Rovati, P. Segatti 2020), which reports the main results of EVS in Italy.

Giancarlo Rovati, EVS National Program Director in Italy, will be presenting the main results concerning work values that will be discussed by scholars from different disciplines.

The event is in Italian.

Introductive greetings
Marco LOMBARDI, Direttore Dipartimento di Sociologia
Laura ZANFRINI, Direttore del Centro di ricerca WWELL (Work, Welfare, Enterprise, Lifelong Learning)

Presentation of the main results
Giancarlo ROVATI, Docente di Sociologia dello sviluppo, Facoltà di Scienze politiche e sociali

Discussion
Roberto BENAGLIA, Segretario Generale FIM Cisl
Pietro ICHINO, Professore di diritto del lavoro, Università degli Studi di Milano
Rosangela LODIGIANI, Professoressa Associata di Sociologia dei processi economici e del lavoro,
Facoltà di Scienze politiche e sociali

Attending the webinar is free, click here for enter the Cisco Webex (if requested, digit the password Q2Ewrw44)

EVS Trend File 1981-2017 (pre-release)

The EVS Trend File 1981-2017 is constructed from the five EVS waves and covers almost 40 years. In altogether 159 surveys, more than 223.000 respondents from 48 countries/regions were interviewed.  

It is based on the updated data of the EVS Longitudinal Data File 1981-2008 (v.3.1.0) and the current EVS 2017 Integrated Dataset (v.4.0.0). The Trend File follows a new concept agreed between EVS and WVS to transfer their large longitudinal data files into leaner and easier to handle files based on the Common EVS/WVS Dictionary (v.2021). The next release is planned in cooperation with the World Value Survey (WVS) for the beginning of July 2021. From these new Trend files, it will be easy for data users to build the Integrated Values Surveys 1981-2021. For more information, please go to the EVS Trend File 1981-2017

The data and documentation are accessible through the GESIS data collection at GESIS- Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. 

SSHOC Speech-to-text Workshop

Date: 16 April 2021 – 11:00 to 12:30 Location: Online

Survey Infrastructures systematically interview tens of thousands of individuals across Europe each year. Respondents are selected at random from all walks of life, and the hour-long interviews provide a range of data which has value for researchers and subsequently policy makers.

While complex life histories or events may be coded into the structured taxonomies required for cutting-edge sociological research, a large proportion of the information conveyed in an interview is lost. A respondent’s tone of voice, linguistic fluidity, and depth of vocabulary for example can provide insights about cognitive function, socio-economic status or verbal reasoning skills.

Making use of this lost data requires the integration of social survey and linguistic infrastructures. Such integration underpins the EOSC vision. As such, the basis for the work within SSHOC on analysing voice recorded interviews seeks to provide both a proof of concept and a framework for future research that explores this approach.

SSHOC (Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud) is EU funded project aiming at creating the social sciences and humanities area of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) thereby facilitating access to flexible, scalable research data and related services streamlined to the precise needs of the SSH community.

Agenda

  • Judith Koops from the Generations and Gender Programme, will provide an overview of the project. She will focus on the advantages of collaboration between the different infrastructures and new insights generated over the course of the project.
  • Joris Mulder from the LISS panel will demonstrate the tools used for collecting audio data through existing survey software in online interviews. He will provide an evaluation of the challenges encountered in this project as well as the way these issues were solved. 
  • Henk van den Heuvel from the Speech and Tech team will then describe the tools used for analysis of Oral History data which could be adapted for analysis of survey interviews. In particular he will address the so-called Transcription Chain, which is based on automatic speech-to-text conversion. The resulting text can, after manual correction, be processed by NLP tools to obtain more insights into its linguistic structure, or for topic detection or text summarisation, amongst others.
  • Giovanni Borghesan from the European Values Study will lead the interactive session where participants will discuss potential applications for the tools, the use of the data for new avenues of scientific research, as well as ways to improve the collection, processing and archiving of audio data.

Register to the workshop by filling this form.

Job offer – Junior researcher

The Department of Sociology at Tilburg University is looking for an enthusiastic Junior researcher – project “European Values Study in the Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud Infrastructure” (0.8-1.0 fte for 10 months)

As a Junior Researcher, you will participate in research projects of the European Values Study (EVS). EVS (www.europeanvaluesstudy.eu) is a large-scale, cross-national, and longitudinal survey research program on basic human values. It provides insights into the ideas, beliefs, preferences, attitudes, values, and opinions of citizens all over Europe. It is a unique research project on how Europeans think about life, family, work, religion, politics, and society; it started in 1981. The Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) is a EU-Horizon 2020 funded a program (www.sshopencloud.eu). 

In this context, the main focus will be on surveycodings.org: a facility to develop further the coding of variables that are crucial in surveys, e.g., educational level, occupation, religion, and other core demographic variables. EVS is cooperating here with other European surveys, and will extend the scope to global social surveys. Focus for the coming period will be to standardize and harmonize codings further and make them available within surveycodings.org. The Junior Researcher may also be involved in other activities of the EVS.


Job description 

  • The main tasks of the Junior researcher are the following:
  • Standardising and harmonizing codings and looking for translations in different languages;
  • Making these codings available to the research community by further developing the surveycodings.org website, writing blogs and other materials for survey research programs;
  • Assisting in developing a sustainable infrastructure for codings for the years to come;
  • Administrative / support tasks.
     
Requirements
  • You have (or will soon receive) a (research) master degree;
  • You have good knowledge of quantitative research methods and statistical programs like SPSS, Stata and/or R;
  • You are willing to learn, are open for feedback; 
  • You have good communication and teamwork skills;
  • You have a good command of English.

Employment conditions and information for applying are available here.

Specific information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Ruud Luijkx,  principal investigator and chair of the Executive Committee of EVS: r.luijkx@tilburguniversity.edu 

The closing date for applications is 6 April 2021. The interviews will take place in April 13, 2021. The anticipated starting date for the position is 1 May 2021.

MAKING FAMILY, A WALK IN SMALL STEPS

On Thursday, 4th of March at 17 (CET), the Family Studies and Research University Centre at the Catholic University of Milan (IT) organizes the webinar “Making Family: a walk in small steps” (“Fare Famiglia: un cammino a piccoli passi”).

During the webinar (in Italian), prof. Sara Mazzucchelli, Dr. Francesco Belletti, and prof. Daniela Barni will present and discuss research results based on EVS trend data on  family issues. The research is linked to the book “Come cambiano gli italiani” (edited by F. Biolcati, G. Rovati, P. Segatti) il Mulino 2020, which reports the main results of EVS in Italy. Giancarlo Rovati, EVS National Program Director in Italy,will chair the event.

Attending the webinar is free, click here for enter the Cisco Webex (if requested, digit the password 395GXc3dagM)

Program:

Introduction

Camillo REGALIA, Direttore del Centro di Ateneo Studi e Ricerche sulla Famiglia

Alessandro ANTONIETTI, Preside della Facoltà di Psicologia

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Sara MAZZUCCHELLI, Professore Associato di Sociologia dei Processi Culturali e Comunicativi, Facoltà di Psicologia

Francesco BELLETTI, Direttore CISF (Centro Internazionale Studi Famiglia)

Daniela BARNI, Professore Associato di Psicologia Sociale, Università degli Studi di Bergamo

Chair

Giancarlo ROVATI, Docente di Sociologia dello sviluppo, Facoltà di Scienze politiche e sociali

Values, Modernisation and Social Change in Europe

The Czech Sociological Review just published the special issue Values, Modernisation and Social Change in Europe, all based on EVS data. 

The special issue, edited by Ladislav Rabušic and Beatrice Chromková Manea (EVS team in Czechia), includes the following articles (all open access):

Beatrice Chromková Manea and Ladislav Rabušic: Value Modernisation in Central and Eastern European Countries: How Does Inglehart’s Theory Work?

Michal Kozák: The Work Ethic and Social Change in the Czech Republic and Slovakia – A Modernisation Theory Perspective

Barbora Hubatková and Tomáš Doseděl: The Expansion of Higher Education and Post-Materialistic Attitudes to Work in Europe: Evidence from the European Values Study

Marta Kołczyńska: The Economy and Governance as Determinants of Political Trust in Europe: An Analysis of the European Values Study and the World Values Survey 1990–2019

Edurne Bartolomé-Peral and Lluis Coromina: Attitudes towards Life and Death in Europe: A Comparative Analysis

Peter Fučík: Trends in Divorce Acceptance and Its Correlates across European Countries

Link to the special issue: https://sreview.soc.cas.cz/en/magno/csr/2020/mn6.php

CFP: ESPAnet2021

The Network for European Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet) is an association of academics involved or interested in the analysis of social policy in Europe. ESPAnet organizes on 31 Aug-3 Sept the 2021 an Online conference and the registration has now opened. https://kuleuvencongres.be/espanet2021

Are our European welfare states up for the future? Given worldwide changes in economic structures and balances, the acceleration of technological developments, substantial environmental risks and globally disruptive events as, for example, the COVID-19 pandemic, will they be able to uphold, and where necessary even extend, the range of social objectives they are known for in the world? Will their social policies succeed in effectively promoting sufficiently high living standards of their citizenry?

For the first time in its existence, the ESPAnet Annual Conference will be held online. This is to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and to respond to the various, perhaps longer-lasting, health, logistical and financial risks and challenges it poses for all the colleagues from all over Europe.

The stream 24. Social policy, culture and value change in Europe, organized by EVS members Edurne Bartolomé Peral and Morten Frederiksen, focuses on cultural and social values:

“Modernization processes and human development have led through history to a set of transformations in human mindset and value structures according to a range of value preferences and attitudes, which have adapted to new social, political, scientific and technological changes. There is a continuous adaptation process between culture and structure, as value orientations in a society act as orientation for the formulation of policies. We contextualize our proposal on the process of continued modernization of European societies in a new domain gaining societal and political relevance.

The study of values and value change in their different domains increases our understanding of European societies in regard to changing cultural notions of right and wrong and the direction the formulation of policies should follow to adapt to society ́s values and value change. This stream focuses on the analysis and reflection on how values are being configured across European societies (comparative perspective), how values are changing and readapting though the times (longitudinal perspective), how values are being studied and analysed (methodological perspective) and how values inspire, shape and come into conflict with social policies (policy perspective).

This stream proposes an organization of sessions according to value domains. Papers can be related to the analysis of values and value change, social policy papers matching the different domains and methodological papers for the study of values and/or social policies. Topics to be covered in the session include:

  • Gender values and policies
  • Diversity, solidarity, migration, welfare attitudes and values
  • Beginning and end of life and its study in terms of values and policies (euthanasia, IVF,abortion, surrogacy)
  • Environment, energy transition and climate change
  • Methodological approaches and advances in the study of values and social policies”

Abstract submission here (A list of all streams can be found on the conference website.)

The deadline for abstract submission: 18 April 2021.

Notification of acceptance: 31 May 2021

Final registration for paper presenters: 1 July 2021

Final registration for non-presenting participants: 22 August 2021

Discover the online-tool ONBound Harmonization Wizard

The ONBound project (funded by DFG) seeks to increase the understanding of how national and religious identities are intertwined, or exclude each other, in the modern world. On this purpose, they browsed a vast array of existing individual level and contextual data and built a database that offers the opportunity for scientific research to explore these issues. 

ONBound offers researchers the opportunity to create customized datasets from a database containing approximately 1500 variables taken from 280 survey waves of international survey programs as well as approx. 4500 variables of country-level data. Among this, data from the EVS offers an invaluable contribution. 

The online-tool ONBound Harmonization Wizard (https://onbound.gesis.org/wizard) enables users to select the desired topic areas and countries. 

The project team involves Dr. Insa Bechert, Dr. Markus Quandt, Antonia May, Katharina Werhan, Dr. Brigitte Mathiak, Matthäus Zloch (GESIS); Prof. Annette Schnabel, Kathrin Behrens (both Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf,
Germany); and international collaborations with Dr. Ferruccio Biolcati-Rinaldi and Dr. Cristiano Vezzoni (both University of Milan, Italy), Prof. Dr. Mikael Hjerm (University of Umea, Sweden).

NEW VERSION OF THE EVS BIBLIOGRAPHY

An updated version of the EVS Bibliography is now online. 

It includes 2495 entries:

1280 Journal Articles

279 Book

569 Book Chapters

58 Conference Papers

71 Dissertations

64 Master’s Theses

156 Working Paper

20 Miscellaneous (Newspapers etc.)

Is your EVS publication not in the EVS Bibliography?

Please send us an email at evs.bibliography@gesis.org with the bibliographic information on your publication (title, author(s), year of publication, journal or publisher, online resources). Also include information on the specific EVS data that you used, preferably by giving the title and the DOI of the dataset. If you can offer additional information on variable names, countries and time points, we would appreciate.

Information about the bibliographic citation of EVS data can be found here.

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