The European Social Survey (ESS) is an academically driven cross-national survey that has been conducted across Europe since its establishment in 2001. Every two years, face-to-face interviews are conducted with newly selected, cross-sectional samples.  The survey measures the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of diverse populations in more than thirty nations.

The objective of the study is to offer researchers, policy makers and the public the highest quality survey data that is comparable across countries and time.

Ireland has been a participant in all rounds of the ESS survey, supported by funding from the Irish Research Council. 

Round 9 of the survey was collected in 2018-19 and the results are available at

More than 2,000 households will be selected to take part in the 10th round of the ESS in Ireland. The sample is selected by scientific methods to ensure that we get a representative picture of people living in the country.  The Irish fieldwork was due to begin in Autumn 2020, but, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has been postponed until 2021.

More information about the European Social Survey is available at:

The ESS in Ireland

Ireland was a founding member and has participated in every round of the ESS to date. University College Dublin has played a central role in the development of the survey.

A team at the Geary Institute has been appointed as National Coordinator of the European Social Survey in Ireland for both Round 9 and Round 10.

The ESS team at Geary currently consists of:

  • Philip O’Connell, Geary Institute, Co-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