Announcement of the two thematic modules in the European Social Survey questionnaire

4 August 2014

The ESS ERIC Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) has selected the two successful modules for ESS Round 8. Following a tough competition the Board selected one new module on ‘Public Attitudes to Climate Change, Energy Security, and Energy Preferences’ and a repeat module on ‘Welfare Attitudes in a Changing Europe: Solidarities under Pressure’.

The European Social Survey (ESS) is an academically driven cross-national survey that has been conducted every two years across Europe. Its purpose, via regular, simultaneous national surveys in over 30 European countries, is to contribute to a better understanding of the political, economic and social circumstances in these countries. By doing so, ESS has become an important source for innovative international comparative research in the social sciences. In each round of the ESS, multi-national teams of researchers are selected to contribute to the design of two rotating modules for the questionnaire. Rotating modules are selected following a Call for Proposals and evaluated by the SAB. Applicants may apply for 'new' or 'repeat' modules.

Rory Fitzgerald, Director of the ESS ERIC said: 'I am delighted that the SAB has selected two academically rigorous modules for inclusion in ESS Round 8. Climate change is a key issue across Europe and the world whilst the future role and scope of the welfare state is a challenge in many European countries. The ESS will address these two issues using the high methodological standards in both fieldwork and questionnaire design for which it is well known. We will spend the next two years carefully designing the modules ready for fieldwork in 2016. The first data from these modules is expected to be available towards the end of October 2017.' 

More information about the modules:  'Public Attitudes to Climate Change, Energy Security, and Energy Preferences' 
'Welfare Attitudes in a Changing Europe: Solidarities under Pressure’.

Source: NWO