The Eurasia Barometer: Development and Perspectives workshop was hosted by the Vienna office of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) on 14-15 December 2017.

The two-day event was an opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities in the study of public opinion and the organisation of public opinion surveys in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Organised by the Eurasia Barometer Research Network and the Institute for Comparative Social Research “Eurasia Barometer” in Vienna, the workshop was directed by Professor Christian W. Haerpfer, who is the president of the World Values Survey Association and is also a scientific advisor to the DOC.

An opening address was made by Dr. Walter Schwimmer, co-founder of the DOC, who stressed the importance of dialogue and cooperation, seen in the work of both the DOC and the Eurasia Barometer. Participants then presented analysis and forecasts based on previous rounds of the Eurasia Barometer survey conducted between 1992 and 2012.

The workshop initiated preparation for the next round of the survey, which will include post-Soviet states – including Eastern Partnership countries – and EU Member States, and will take place in 2018. It also included discussion of future research and funding possibilities and prospects for research collaboration between the DOC, the Eurasia Barometer Institute, and the World Values Survey Association.

Dr. Schwimmer introduced participants to the DOC and Prof. Haerpfer spoke about the work of the World Values Survey Association and the Eurasia Barometer Institute. Prof. David Rotman, leader of the EAB-Belarus team at the Belarusian State University, also delivered a presentation. Participants from Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Ukraine, who were unable to attend the meeting in person were able to join the discussion via Skype.

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