European Social Survey

A team at the Geary Institute has been appointed as National Coordinator for the Round 9 of the European Social Survey in Ireland.

The study is being carried out simultaneously in more than 25 countries across Europe and will help to uncover the attitudes, beliefs and living conditions of people in different countries.

More than 3,000 households were selected to take part in the study in Ireland. This sample was selected by scientific methods to ensure that we get a representative picture of people living in the country.

The Irish fieldwork has begun in October 2018. Interviewers from the survey organisation Behaviour&Attitudes will contact each of the selected households within the next few months.

The results of the survey will be published at the beginning of 2020.

The main aims of the ESS are:

  • to chart stability and change in social structure, conditions and attitudes in Europe and to interpret how Europe’s social, political and moral fabric is changing;
  • to achieve and spread higher standards of rigour in cross-national research in the social sciences, including for example, questionnaire design and pre-testing, sampling, data collection, reduction of bias and the reliability of questions;
  • to introduce soundly-based indicators of national progress, based on citizens’ perceptions and judgements of key aspects of their societies; 
  • to undertake and facilitate the training of European social researchers in comparative quantitative measurement and analysis; 
  • to improve the visibility and outreach of data on social change among academics, policy makers and the wider public.

The ESS team at Geary currently consists of: 

  • Philip O’Connell, Geary Institute, Principal Investigator
  • Mathew Creighton, School of Sociology and Geary Institute, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Micheál Collins, School of Social Policy, Social Work & Social Justice and Geary Institute, Co- Principal Investigator
  • Susan Butler, Geary Institute, Project Manager
  • Daniel Capistrano, Geary Institute, Research Fellow