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SERISS Webinar Series

The SERISS team organizes a workshop/webinar series. Free webinar hosted by CESSDA, will take place on May 21st:

10:00 “Meeting funders’ requirements archiving and data sharing“: this introductory webinar, organized by is intended for anyone who is involved in the collection of data and is considering making (some of) their data available in accordance with funders’ requirements.

14:30 “Finding and reusing data“: the introductory webinar organized by GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences will help guide those who want to learn about ways of finding and reusing research data.

In addition, the Norwegian Centre for Research Data (NSD) organizes a face-to-face workshop on “Legal and ethical issues regarding data collection from a researcher’s point of view” that will take place as a side-event during the ESRA conference in Zagreb, on 15 July 2019.

CfP: Comparing values in (post-)crisis Europe

First international workshop of EVS 2017, 10-11 October 2019, Tbilisi (Georgia)

In the recent years, Europe was exposed to remarkable dynamics of simultaneously growing together and falling apart. On the one hand, the traffic of goods, services, and labor between European states and regions increased, ongoing technological developments induce transformations in the working life, the European Union was enlarged as a geographical, political and social unit, and cultural barriers seem to be declining. On the other one, strong social, economic and political forces are threatening to pull Europe apart. The economic crisis, the new migration flows and the humanitarian emergency following in the wake of the refugee crisis affected the European countries quite differently. These differentiated developments have challenged intra-European solidarity and activated different mechanisms related to questions of security, responsibility for border controls and for the management of the crisis. Euro-skepticism, populism and right-wing extremism are on the rise in most European countries. At the same time, the continued, increasing immigration from outside Europe challenges the “Fortress Europe” and raises questions of solidarity, social cohesion, inter-ethnic and inter-religious interactions. Finally, increasing levels of social inequality across the European countries and growing precariousness in European labor markets seems to stoke resentment of national elites and fuel the authoritarian and populist movements.

How do all these events affect the Europeans’ values? And how can researchers measure and compare human values in an adequate and meaningful way?

The European Values Study is organizing an international workshop to address these research questions in collaboration with GORBI (Georgian Opinion Research Business International). Alongside selected proposals, the program is enriched by the keynote contributions given by: Professor Bart Meuleman (Coordinator of the Centre for Sociological Research at KU Leuven, and President of the European Survey Research Association); Professor David Voas (Head of Department of Social Science at University College London, and member of the Executive Committee of the European Values Study); Professor Christian Welzel (Chair in Political Culture Research, Center for the Study of Democracy at Leuphana University, and Vice-President of World Values Survey Association).

We welcome proposals studying the Europeans’ values from a comparative perspective and making use of the second pre-release of EVS2017 (which will make data available for about 30 countries) on its own or in conjunction with previous waves of EVS or WVS. Dataset and documentation concerning the first pre-release, which includes 16 countries, are already available for download. Up-to-date information about the pre-releases can be found on the EVS website.

In addition to substantive proposals on European values and attitudes with a focus on multilevel and longitudinal research questions on topics such as (but not limited to) social solidarity, social cohesion, national and European identity, we are interested also in papers investigating validity and cross-cultural comparability of values and attitudes. In particular, contributions on the issue of measurement equivalence are highly appreciated.

Please, send an abstract of maximum 250 words to the Scientific Committee of the Workshop (evs.georgia2019@gmail.com) by June 22. Proposals should clearly describe the aims of the study and the methodology applied, but do not have to include results. Decisions about acceptance will be made by 12th July 2019.

The Local Organizing Committee at GORBI, Tbilisi, Georgia

Lucy Flynn, Rian Hulscher , Merab Pachulia

The Scientific Committee of the Workshop

Morten Frederiksen (Aalborg Universitet, Copenhagen, Denmark); Vera Lomazzi (GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Germany); Gergely Rosta (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary); Natalia Soboleva (Laboratory for Comparative Social Research, NRU Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)

Values in France: Forty Years of Evolution.

Enquête de grande ampleur sur les valeurs en France : publication des résultats dans un ouvrage
The French team of EVS just published a new book based on the results of EVS

EVS was conducted in France by some twenty researchers from several social science laboratories, gathered in the Association pour la recherche sur les systèmes de valeurs (Arval). The Pacte Laboratory (Sciences Po Grenoble, CNRS, UGA) was responsible for steering the project. The main random sample consists of 1,870 people, residing in France, aged 18 and over, plus an additional sample of 721 young people aged 18 to 29 selected by quota. The face-to-face interviews were conducted by the Kantar Public Institute from March to August 2018.

The French survey benefited from numerous partnerships: the TGIR Progedo (CNRS-EHESS), the Institut national de la jeunesse et de l’éducation populaire (Injep), the Service d’information du gouvernement (SIG), France Stratégie, EDF, the Caisse nationale des allocations familiales (CNAF), the Fédération internationale des universités catholiques (FIUC), Sciences Po Paris (FNSP) and Sciences Po Grenoble (Pacte).

The complete results are published in La France des valeurs. Forty years of evolution, under the direction of Pierre Bréchon, Frédéric Gonthier and Sandrine Astor (Presses universitaires de Grenoble).

This text is a translation of the original text in French published on PACTE-Grenoble website.

Here is available an extract of the introduction.
Several press articles commenting the results of EVS in France have been published, as such as in Le Monde, CNRS Le journal, RFC Radio.

CfP: Old and New Boundaries in Europe: National and Religious Identities

An international workshop in the context of the On Bound Project will take place in Milan on 27-28 November 2019.


The project focuses on a better understanding of how national and religious identities are intertwined in the modern world. For this, a vast array of existing individual level and contextual data will be merged and enriched. The result will be a publicly available multi-level database.

Markus Quandt (member of the Executive Committee and Methodology Group of EVS) belong to the On Bound Project Team and Ferruccio Biolcati Rinaldi (member of the Italian team of EVS) is an international collaborator of the project.

The organizers invite interested scholars to submit original abstracts no longer than 400 words by 15/4/2019. The abstracts shall make use of the project-compiled data (an overview of the multi-level database is available here) and contain ideas about how the contribution would address the relationship between national and religious identities comparatively, both within Europe, or comparing European countries on an international level. Accepted contributors will be granted access to the data shortly after acceptance of their abstracts. For more information, consult the full call for papers.

EVS Results in Georgia

In the online journal Financial several articles based on EVS proved information on the Georgian society.

Among the most recently published, “Does marriage still matter?” by Ani Lortkipanidze (member of the Georgian team at GORBI), uses data from EVS to explore whether marriage is considered an outdated institution by people in Georgia, Belarus, Bulgaria, and Russia.

Other pieces are, for example:

“In Georgia, the Press is Sinking, but Labor is at the Bottom”, Published on July 9, 2018

After Cannabis Legalization, Volume Limits on Khantsi?” Published on August 13, 2018

The Georgian Army Rules” Published on June 25, 2019

Most young Georgians believe in hell and heaven?” Published on: June 18, 2018

No Sex, but Drugs and rock & roll” Published on May 28, 2018

Catch Up and Overtake America’ has failed, shall we give it another try?” Published on: May  21, 2018

EVS General Assembly

The annual General Assembly of EVS took place in Ljubljana on 21-22 February 2019. The meeting has been organized in collaboration with the Slovenian Team of EVS at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana.

In addition to the Assembly of the Council, about 60 representatives from 26 countries provided feedback concerning the fieldwork in their country. Decisions made regarding the data processing have been reported and the workflow for the countries to be included in the 2nd pre-release has been discussed. The participants also planned joint dissemination activities related to EVS2017

4th ESS Conference

The University of Mannheim hosts the upcoming 4th ESS International Conference on 15-17 April 2019. On Monday 15 afternoon, Ruud Luijkx, Loek Halman and Vera Lomazzi chair the session  F1: “Bridging ESS and EVS to study social attitudes, norms and values in a troubled Europe”.

The session takes place at 2.30-4.10PM, room 204.

Cross-sectional surveys  in Europe such as the European Social Survey (ESS) and the European Values Study (EVS), support scholars aiming at studying human values in comparative perspective, both across countries and over time, by providing high quality data concerning several life domains. The ESS collects data through rotating modules every 2 years since 2002 in a varying number of countries (the maximum was 31 participating countries in 2008), while the EVS investigates the Europeans’ values since 1981 in more than 40 countries every 9 years (the maximum was 47 participating countries in 2008).

While keeping their different goals and identities, these two programmes provide measures to investigate common dimensions in the domains of social and institutional trust; political participation; life satisfaction and happiness; national identity; religiosity; attitudes towards immigration, gender roles, climate change, welfare, and others. Scholars often exploit this commonality to enlarge the coverage of their studies, for example combining the datasets to obtain a longer time-series or a larger number of countries.

The session proposes papers that adopt the combined use of ESS and EVS in the comparative study of values and studies investigating the potential bridging of EVS measures and ESS items from methodological perspective:

F1.1. Malnar, Brina: Informing cross-survey cooperation: Exploring patterns of academic usage in four general purpose surveys

F1.2. Lomazzi, Vera & Luijkx, Ruud: A first comparison of questions from the European Values Study and the core module of the European Social Survey

F1.3. Ortmanns, Verena & Schneider, Silke L.: Comparing the measurement of educational attainment in ESS and EVS

F1.4. Biolcati, Ferruccio & Molteni, Francesco: Using cumulative datasets to study religious change in Europe: a focus on ESS and EVS

F1.5. Matejková, Alexandra: Gender differences in the importance of work and family roles in Slovak Republic: Concepts about “ideal” family relationships in ESS and EVS comparison

More information on the ESS conference, including the preliminary program, can be found on the European Social Survey website.

In Zuck we trust?

Today it is Facebook’s 15th birthday. The social networking site, founded by Mark Zuckerberg as an online photo book for his classmates at Harvard University, has experienced a sharp growth, but was confronted with severe challenges last year (e.g. Cambridge Analytica scandal). To what extent did the controversy surrounding data leaks damage trust in social media? Sociologists Angelica Maineri (EVS central team) and Tim Reeskens (National Program director of EVS in the Netherlands), from Tilburg University (NL), published a piece on this issue in the Dutch blog Sociale Vraagstukken. The study combines data collected before the controversy on data breach started in the framework of the European Values Study 2017 in the Netherlands, with a survey proposed to the same respondents after the debate burst out.

The authors find that social media is the least trusted institution among the ones proposed to the respondents in the framework of the EVS 2017. It is also found that trust in political institutions spills over to trust in social media, in accordance with the “trust-nexus” hypothesis. Yet, only 15% of respondents display less trust in social media after the controversy, while 65% remain table and 20% even show an increment. So far, theoretical explanations failed to explain this change patterns. The data do show that respondents with little confidence in politics have increased confidence in social media. Perhaps it is true that people who oppose the government and mainstream media turn out to see more opportunities in social media to go against that government. Only additional research can unravel this complexity.

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