Studying Values in Turbolent Europe

The pandemic and the war in Ukraine point to a turning point in history. How does that feed back to values in Europe? What domains does it affect? The many conflicts and changes surfacing now are not an actual cut; rather, the turning point announced itself over the last decades with climate change, digitalisation and the raising of powers. Have values researchers been able to cover this change by the measurements of values? Do we need to reconceptualise what European Values are? And, more generally, What does European mean? Which are the current challenges for measuring European values? Where researchers are heading to and what are expectations of the policy makers on the research with data on European Values?

During the EVS event “Past, present and future of the study of European values” in Bergamo (29.09.2022), Dr. Michael Ochsner (FORS, Switzerland and President of European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences, ENRESSH) chairs the roundtable addressing these urgent questions with prominent guests:

Dr. Gabi Lombardo is the Director of the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities, the advocacy and science policy organization for social sciences and humanities in Europe. She is an expert in both higher education and global research policy, and has extensive high-level experience operating at the interface of strategy, science policy, research support and funding. She advocates also for the need of a strong evidence-based approach to policy-making, and the inclusion of researchers in science policy development for strategic and broad-based research funding.

Andrea Bonaccorsi is Full Professor of Economics and Management at the School of Engineering of the University of Pisa and Researcher at IRVAPP-FBK. He is member of RISE, the group of experts supporting the Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Carlos Moedas. He has been working for OECD, DG Research, DG Regio, and several national and regional governments. In the period 2011-2015 he has served as member of the Board of the Italian Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes.

Dr. Kseniya Kizilova is Head of the Secretariat of the World Values Survey Association, Vice-Director at the Institute for Comparative Survey Research (ICSR) in Vienna, and Executive Director at the World Association for Public Opinion Research.

Her field of research interest includes ethnic identity, population health and life quality, social and political transformations, comparative politics, social capital, political support and political trust.

Ruud Luijkx is the Chair of the Executive Committee and the Methodology Group of the European Values Study; Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology at Tilburg University; Visiting Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Research at Trento University; Associate Member of Nuffield College in Oxford; member of the steering committee of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of European Values at Tilburg University.

His research interests are social inequality and mobility, and the methodology of survey research.