The workshop is organised by the Eurasia Barometer Research Network and the Institute for Comparative Social Research’s Eurasia Barometer in Vienna, directed by Professor Dr Christian W Haerpfer who is also the President of the World Values Survey Association and the Scientific Advisor of the DOC Research Institute.
The workshop will give an opportunity to its participants to discuss the most recent challenges and opportunities in studying public opinion and organizing public opinion surveys in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Workshop participants will present analysis and forecasting on the basis of the outcomes of the previous waves of the Eurasia Barometer survey conducted in their respective countries in 1992-2012. The workshop will initiate preparatory activities for the 3-rd wave of the large-scale Eurasia Barometer survey in all the post-Soviet states, including the Eastern Partnership countries, and the post-Soviet countries which have become EU member states. The 3rd Eurasia Barometer will take place in 2018 and will be devoted to the analysis of most recent trends of social, political and economic development in the post-communist states in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Background information on Eurasia Barometer
Eurasia Barometer is a non-commercial non-governmental international social survey organisation headquartered at the Institute for Comparative Survey Research’s Eurasia Barometer in Vienna, Austria. Its main aim is to monitor political, social and economic transformations in the countries of post-communist Europe and post-Soviet Eurasia in the opinion of their populations. Eurasia Barometer is a part of Global Barometer Survey (GBS) which is an umbrella organisation for a number of regional barometers (Arab Barometer, Afro Barometer, Asia Barometer, Latino Barometer, Eurasia Barometer).
The target geographical coverage of Eurasia Barometer includes Eastern Europe (Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria), the Balkans, Russian Federation, Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia), Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan).
Eurasia Barometer is a network of research organisations and individual researchers operating in more than 25 countries and including over 50 social and political scientists and social survey researchers. Eurasia Barometer Consortium has been operating since 1989 and implemented its first social surveys in the countries of post-Communist Europe (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, and Serbia) as well as Post-Soviet Eurasia (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus) in early 1990s.
In the course of the workshop prospects of future research cooperation between the DOC Institute and the Eurasia Institute will also be explored.
Dr Walter Schwimmer served as secretary general of the Council of Europe (1999 – 2004) and is co-founder of the DOC Research Institute. Schwimmer is an Austrian politician and diplomat. From 1971 to 1999 he was a member of the Austrian Parliament (National Council), serving as a chairperson of several committees (Justice, Health, Housing and Construction) and deputy leader of the Austrian People’s Party. From 1 September 1999 to 1 September 2004, Schwimmer was Secretary General of the Council of Europe. He also chaired the Interparliamentary Union of Friendship of Austria and Israel in the Parliament of Austria (1976-1999) and was member of the National Counsel of the Association Asia-Israel (1973-1999), serving as its vice-president (since 1977) and president (1982-1999). Currently Schwimmer acts as a consultant on International Relations and European Affairs, Honorary Secretary General of the Maison de la Mediterranee, Chairman of the International Coordination Committee and Co-Chairman of the World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations.
Professor Christian Haerpfer is the founding director of the Institute for Comparative Survey Research’s Eurasia Barometer in Vienna, Austria and has served in the position since 1991. Professor Haerpfer is currently a visiting professor in Sociology at UAE University in Al-Ain, UAE and a research professor of political science at the University of Vienna. Haerpfer has been a professor of political science at the University of Aberdeen in UK (2004-2015), as well as visiting professor at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK), Hebrew University Jerusalem (Israel), National University of Rwanda (Kigali, Rwanda), University of Kharkiv (Ukraine) and University of Salzburg (Austria). He has received fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust (London, UK), the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars (Washington D.C., USA), the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and the University of Essex (UK). Haerpfer was the director of the New Democracies Barometer (1991-1998), which covered the processes of political and social transformations in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan since more than 20 years.
Professor Haerpfer has been the president of the World Values Survey Association since August 2013. Since 2011, Haerpfer serves as the founding chair of the Research Committee No 17 on Comparative Public Opinion at the International Political Science Association (IPSA) in Montreal (Canada). In 2016, Prof. Haerpfer was elected as the IPSA RC Liaison Representative and became a member of the Executive Committee of IPSA for the period of 2016-2018.
His main field of expertise constitute social and political transformations in transitional Post-Soviet and Post-Communist societies; political participation and democracy; social and political capital; support for democracy and other political regimes; political transition in countries of Middle East and North Africa. Haerpfer has over 200 publications in mentioned fields.
Professor David Rotman, Vice-President of the Belarusian Sociological Association, vice-chief editor of the peer reviewed Sotsiologiya sociological journal, is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the World Values Survey Association. He is one of the leading specialists in the FSU on the methods and organisation of social and political research. Rotman is the author of the ‘Operative sociological research’ (swift opinion polling) concept, and developed a range of original sociological and political techniques of survey inquiry, including virtual focus groups. Professor Rotman has published in the fields of sociology of politics, electoral behaviour, international relations, culture and cross-border relations. He has authored over 20 monographs and over 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Professor Nikolay Narbut is the first vice-dean at the Faculty of Humanitarian and Social Sciences. He is a well-known expert in the field of sociology of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Narbut has published more than 100 scientific and educational works. Professor Narbut is a member of the Russian Academy of Social Sciences, a member of the European Sociological Association, the chief editor of the Bulletin of Peoples’ Friendship University journal. A member of the editorial boards of a number of leading Russian and foreign scientific journals, Professor Narbut is the founding head of the Department of Sociology at the People’s Friendship University of Russia.
Dr Tair Faradov is deputy director and senior research fellow at the Department of Democracy and Civil Society Studies, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, International Center for Social Research.
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