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The European Social Survey Infrastructure Preparatory Phase

The European Social Survey Infrastructure Preparatory Phase

Objective

The European Social Survey (ESS) has three main objectives firstly to produce rigorous trend data at a national and European level about people’s social, political and moral values in the context of Europe’s changing institutions; to remedy longstanding deficiencies in methods of cross-national social measurement, particularly in respect of public attitudes and to bring social indicators into closer focus as a means of monitoring the quality of life across European nations. ESS data and supporting documentation are freely and swiftly available to all and have already attracted over 13,000 registered users. Many books and journal articles arising from the ESS have already appeared; many more are in preparation. Now starting its fourth biennial Round, the ESS is a pioneering example of the principles and practices behind the European Research Area, with funding from both the EC and over 20 Research Councils. We now seek to consolidate the achievements to date and prepare the project for its transition into an upgraded and sustainable Infrastructure. Although always envisaged as a time series, the future of the ESS has remained uncertain owing to a lack of sustained funding. Its diverse ad hoc funding arrangements that have sufficed so far are now in need of transformation, alongside a review of its governance arrangements. The upgrade we seek is to secure continuity and expansion of the ESS as a lasting infrastructure that continues to contribute substantively and methodologically to European scientific practice and good governance. The Preparatory Phase will focus on the financial, legal and governance work required for an upgraded ESS. Building on existing ESS structures, the scientific partners will work closely with the nine national research councils in the Consortium, plus the European Science Foundation and the EC to secure an overdue Infrastructure for cross-national attitude measurement in Europe.
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Coordinator

CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Address

Northampton Square
Ec1v 0hb London

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 833 469,62

Administrative Contact

Esther Bourne (Ms.)

Participants (21)

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GESIS-LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR SOZIALWISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 124 982,41

MINISTERIE VAN VOLKSGEZONDHEID, WELZIJN EN SPORT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 53 217,62

UNIVERSITAT RAMON LLULL FUNDACIO PRIVADA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 25 676

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 87 679,30

NORSK SAMFUNNSVITENSKAPELIG DATATJENESTE AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 121 156,42

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 27 438

DEUTSCHE FORSCHUNGSGEMEINSCHAFT

Germany

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

INSTYTUT FILOZOFII I SOCJOLOGII POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK

Poland

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK

Netherlands

FORSKINGSRADET FOR HALSA ARBETSLIVOCH VALFARD

Sweden

NORGES FORSKNINGSRAD

Norway

SCHWEIZERISCHER NATIONALFONDS ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTLICHEN FORSCHUNG

Switzerland

AGENCY FOR SOCIAL ANALYSES ASA

Bulgaria

FONDATION EUROPEENNE DE LA SCIENCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 42 265

FONDATION NATIONALE DES SCIENCES POLITIQUES

France

GfK Panel Services Benelux BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 161 556

FUNDACAO PARA A CIENCIA E A TECNOLOGIA

Portugal

FEDERAAL FONDS VOOR WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK

Belgium

SUOMEN AKATEMIA

Finland

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 21 020,52

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 212331

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    18 February 2008

  • End date

    17 November 2010

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 110 266,53

  • EU contribution

    € 1 498 460,89

Coordinated by:

CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

United Kingdom