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IMISCOE PhD Lead Workshop on Norms and Values

This workshop is organised by the IMISCOE funded research initiative on norms and values in migration and integration (NOVAMI) in collaboration with the H2020 project NoVaMigra (Norms and Values in the European Migration and Refugee Crisis) as well as the research schools of Global Politics and International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) at Malmö University.

This is a PhD lead workshop on Norms and Values hosted by the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM), held online via Zoom on April 28th-29th.

Among the many panels (see below) EVS encourages submissions to the panel on Polarization: Finding our way through the maze of theories, measurements and conclusions , chaired by Quita Muis (EVS Dutch Team)

Workshop description

Owing to societal transformations at an increasingly high pace, norms and values have taken centre stage in many contemporary political debates and social subjectivities. As society transforms, so does  the  diffusion,  transmission,  and  education  of  norms  and  values. 

Many  social  science disciplines  have  explicitly  and  implicitly  engaged  in  these  debates and  done  profound  work  to inform  our  understanding of  these  transformations.  However,  definitions  and  usages  of  these salient  analytical  concepts  vary  across  the  social  sciences  and  can  become  conflated  or  vague. Keeping  analytical  diversity  in  mind,  the workshop  aims  to  gather  individuals  from  a  variety  of disciplinary backgrounds to discuss the study of norms and values within their work. The current call for abstracts extends an invitation to academics across the globe who work with norms  and/or  values.

Below you can find the panels that will be featured in the workshop:

Absence of language, reproduction of discourse and value transmission around racialized identities – Panel Chair(s): Caroline Adolfsson, Marina Lazëri

Answering to the roll call: challenges and good practices for the integration of immigrants’ children at school – Panel Chair(s): Giulia Dugar, Yuki Nagae

COVID-19 and People on the Move – Prospects for Reshaping the Norms of Human Mobility in the European Union’s Migration Management – Panel Chair(s): Danijela Canji

Critical Gender Perspectives to Family Reunification Regulations and Administrative Practice – Panel Chair(s): Nicole Stybnarova

Equality for Immigrants in Theory and Practice – Panel Chair(s): Daniel Sharp

In the Name of Liberalism? The Role of (Liberal) Values in Integration Policy and Practice – Panel Chair(s): Stefan Manser-Egli

Norms and Values in Asylum and Migration Bureaucracy – Panel Chair(s): Johan Ekstedt

Norms and values in EU migration, asylum and integration policy – Panel Chair(s): Alexandra Berger

Polarization: Finding our way through the maze of theories, measurements and conclusions – Panel Chair(s): Quita Muis

The capacity of institutions to promote values of equality and good relations between ethnic groups – Panel Chair(s): Adam Ridley

The European Union as a Value Promoter in times of Value Crisis – Panel Chair(s): Michel Vincent Anderlini, Isobel Squire

Key dates

  • Abstracts submission deadline: January 25th 2021
  • Notification sent to participants: February 1st 2021
  • Final submission of papers: April 15th 2021
  • Workshops held on zoom: April 28th -29th 2021

Read the Main call




The workshop organising committee consists of:
Caroline Adolfsson
Johan Ekstedt

Advisory committee:
Brigitte Suter
Ingrid Jerve Ramsøy
Michael Strange

The challenges of the COVID pandemic: cultural changes and social values

On December 17th at 10 (CET), the Romanian Group for the Study of Social Values organizes a webinar that brings  together  scholars  from  the  community  studying  social  values,  and   contributes to the understanding of the challenges brought by the pandemic to our societies. 

Three academic presentations are proposed: 

• Edurne Bartolome Peral1, Lluís Coromina Soler2, Hermann Dülmer3, Values under pressure,
a study on value change during the Covid-19 crisis in Spain 
• Tatiana Karabchuk4, Implication of the Cultural Evolution Theory to Explain Social Behaviour
under COVID-19 
•  Malina Voicu5 & Simona Maria Stănescu5, Mortality in times of COVID crisis. Are democracies
better in controlling the outbreak? 

Discussant: Bogdan Voicu5                                                                                                                                                                          

Chair: Claudiu Tufiș6 

Attending the webinar is free, but registration is needed. 

Affiliation of the authors: 

1 University of Deusto – Bilbao, Department of International Relations and Humanities 

2 University of Girona 

3 University of Cologne   

4 United Arab Emirate University  

5 Romanian Academy, Research Institute for Quality of Life 
6 University of Bucharest, Department of Political Science 

Joint EVS/WVS 2017-2021 Dataset

The Joint EVS/WVS 2017-2021 Dataset has been constructed in close collaboration of the European Value Study (EVS) and the World Value Survey (WVS).

The first release includes data of altogether 79 countries and territories: 34 from the EVS 2017 and 49 from the WVS7. Four of these countries conducted surveys in both studies EVS and WVS.

Starting from the common core questions agreed during the design phase of both surveys, it includes about 230 variables which have been standardized and harmonized on the basis of the EVS/WVS Common Dictionary.

The identical version of data and documentation of the Joint EVS/WVS is accessible through two channels:

Values in Poland: New Book

Edited by Mirosława MARODY and with contribution by Joanna KONIECZNA-SAŁAMATIN, Maja SAWICKA, Sławomir MANDES, Grażyna KACPROWICZ, Krzysztof BULKOWSKI, and Jerzy BARTKOWSKI, the new book SPOŁECZEŃSTWO NA ZAKRĘCIE. Zmiany postaw i wartości Polaków w latach 1990–2018 (SOCIETY IN A BEND Changes in attitudes and values of Poles between 1990-2018) includes studies on value change in Poland.

The thirtieth anniversary of the political transformation is an excellent moment to take stock of the changes in attitudes and values of our society. Such an opportunity was created by the long-term participation of the Polish team in the international European Values Study (EVS). Repeated every nine years on representative samples of Poles offers a unique opportunity to follow the changes taking place in their consciousness.

In this book we set ourselves the task of systematically reconstructing the process of evolution of values in Polish society. We then ask to what extent its direction is consistent with the overarching goal of the systemic transformation, which was to build a liberal-democratic social order. We also try to answer the question what are the social sources of political divisions in contemporary Poland by analyzing arguments in favor of different hypotheses explaining the phenomenon of populism and proposing an additional hypothesis of ‘banks of anger’.

In the analysis we use not only data from the EVS questionnaire survey, but also information obtained from focused group interviews, in-depth individual interviews and fragments of the analysis of selected social media content.
from the Introduction

The analyses and the presentation are carried out in a fair and clear way. And above all, they produce interesting results. Among them, the following can be pointed out:

  • The visible secularization of Polish society over time,
  • Continued relatively weak interest in politics,
  • The small role of traditional socio-demographic factors in defining right-wing and left-wing society.
    (from a review by prof. dr hab. Andrzej Rychard)

The authors’ efforts to interweave the description of captured statistical relationships with the analysis of qualitative material should be appreciated. Sometimes qualitative descriptions are only illustrations of slings reconstructed statistically in trends, at other times they provide an understanding of the mechanisms behind them, at other times they suggest other interpretative possibilities.
(from a review by dr hab. Przemysław Sadura)

How Italians change. Values and attitudes from the eighties to today

The joint EVS-WVS Italian team published the book “Come cambiano gli italiani, Valori e atteggiamenti dagli anni Ottanta a oggi” (How Italians change. Values and attitudes from the eighties to today).

How have Italians changed from the 1980s to today? How have Italians’ attitudes towards society, politics, work, family, religion, the European Union, science, the environment changed? Organized in fifteen short chapters dedicated to individual themes of great cultural, social and political relevance, the book presents the unpublished results of a major survey on the values of Europeans and Italians. Thanks to the comparison with similar data from previous research, the authors can conduct an in-depth analysis of the opinions and attitudes of Italians over the last forty years and measure the underlying trends of public opinion and our society over time.

Edited by Ferruccio Biolcati, Giancarlo Rovati and Paolo Segatti, the book includes chapters drafted by members of the Italian team and other Italian value scholars.

Full release of the EVS2017 Integrated Datasets

The full release of the EVS2017 includes data and documentation of altogether 35 participating countries and two surveys of minorities. As previous waves (1981, 1990, 1999, 2008), the fifth wave maintains a persistent focus on a broad range of values.

The release includes three integrated datasets:

  • The EVS 2017 Integrated Dataset (ZA7500) contains data from 56.491 respondents and 34 countries.
  • The EVS 2017 Integrated Dataset – Matrix Design Data (ZA7502) includes data from about 10.500 respondents and the four countries (DE, IS, CH, NL) that applied the matrix design. Please consult the documentation describing the concept behind the composition of the two EVS 2017 integrated datasets (GESIS Papers Guide to mixed-mode approach and matrix design).
  • The EVS2017 Integrated Dataset – Sensitive Data (ZA7501) contains data that could not be included in the SUF because of data protection concerns. Due to the sensitive nature of the data, its use is subject to specific contractual regulations. The contract allowing for off-site access can be downloaded here

In addition and due to their specific samples, individual datasets will be released in the context of EVS2017.

For more information, please go to the EVS Survey 2017.

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

Elected New Chairs of the Leading Bodies of EVS

Following the By-Elections of October 2020, the Theory Group and the Executive Committee met to elect their Chairs.

The nomination of Edurne Barolome Peral found full consensus among the renewed Theory Group. As Chair of the Theory Group, Edurne is ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.

The renewed Executive Committee fully agreed on the nomination of Ruud Luijkx as new Chair of the Executive Committee. Ruud Luijkx is also Chair of the Methodology Group of EVS.

EVS By-Elections

Between 25 September and 9 October 2020, the EVS By-Elections took place to fulfill vacant positions in the leading bodies of the European Values Study.

The EVS community is deeply grateful to the members that supported and developed the EVS project so far and warmly welcome the new elected members:

Theory Group of EVS

The newly elected members Edurne Barolome Peral (ES); Tim Reeksens (NL), Natalia Soboleva (RU), Claudiu Tufis (RO) will join Pierre Bréchon (FR), Paul de Graaf (NL), Pedro Magalhães (PT), Ladislav Rabusic (CZ), Giancarlo Rovati (IT) in the Theory Group.

Newly elected Chair: Edurne Barolome Peral

Retired members: David Voas (UK), Loek Halman (NL), Christof Wolf (DE)

Methodology Group of EVS

The newly elected members Ferruccio Biolcati (IT) and Stefan Dahlberg (SE) will join Ruud Luijkx (NL), Frédéric Gonthier (FR), Bart Meuleman (BE), Markus Quandt (DE), Alice Ramos (PT), Ivan Rimac (HR) in the Methodology Group.

Retired members: Michael Braun (DE), Dominique Joye (CH)

Executive Committee of EVS

The newly elected members Morten Frederiksen (DK), Guðbjörg Andrea Jónsdóttir (IS), Alice Ramos (PT) will join Paul de Graaf (NL), Ruud Luijkx (NL), Vera Lomazzi (IT), Markus Quandt (DE), Maria Silvestre Cabrera (ES) in the Executive Committee.

Newly elected Chair: Ruud Luijkx

Retired members: Loek Halman (NL), Dominique Joye (CH), Christof Wolf (DE)

The new groups will be installed during the upcoming EVS General Assembly on October 20th.

EVALUE: European Values in Education

In the Erasmus+ KA2 project European Values in Education (EVALUE), teaching materials for secondary schools are developed which are based on EVS data. The goal of these materials is values education: values clarification and values communication. Students will get a more clear idea how to position oneself within a diversity of opinions and learn which explanations there might be for own standpoints but also for the viewpoints of others.  

Discover more about this educational project, which will result in a update of the Atlas of European Values.

EVS2017: What has been done to achieve good data quality?

In EVS good data quality is a priority aim. In EVS 2017, four main goals are at the core of the survey project management:

  1. Transparency for all partners involved in the survey (EVS planning groups, countries, users) and a good documentation of all internal processes of data processing and documentation so that the same standards and recommendations  apply not only to the first countries in the field but also to the last,
  2. Implementation of review rounds to make sure that only data and documents approved by the EVS teams and the EVS countries are published,
  3. Provision of a comprehensive documentation of the published data (guidelines, master/field questionnaires, method/variable/ harmonization reports, country-specific notes), which not only helps the users to explore the data but also shows how the recommendations and standards have been implemented  to allow an assessment of the data quality.
  4. Provision of the data as soon as possible via pre-releases. Even though the goal is to provide high data quality and good documentation already for the pre-release, this allows us to incorporate the researchers as reviewers and to improve the data step by step for the full release.  

Read more about how EVS pursued these goals in each phase of the life cycle of the EVS wave 2017 and access the full EVS2017 documentation.