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FORUM 20.06.2016
  European Social Survey in Bulgaria  


The European Social Survey is a long-term wide-ranging research project which since 2001, under the general management City university, London, has involved internationally respected teams from Austria,  Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine.

The ESS has three main goals:

1) To reveal on a national and international comparative level the contents and dynamics of the basic European values in the process of the enlargement of the European Union (EU) on the basis of in-depth surveys, carried out every two years according to a uniform comparative methodology;

2) To contribute to the methodological improvement and overcoming of the problems in the realization of comparative international research projects;

3) To develop current social indicators for measuring significant phenomena and processes in a European context.


to academic discussion on 20 June 2016

Bulgarian participation in the ESS: academic and policy benefits and challenges


Academics, researchers and policy makers from different institutions gathered at the New Conference Hall in Sofia University on June 20th to discuss the benefits and challenges of Bulgarian participation in the European Social Survey (ESS) and in the European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC).

The European Social Survey - ESS (www.europansocialsurvey.org) is the largest scientific mechanism for monitor the social climate in Europe. The survey measures the attitudes, values, beliefs and behavior patterns of diverse populations in more than thirty five nations. Bulgaria has been a member of ESS since 2005 and so far has successfully completed 4 biannual ESS waves, generating an impressive set of reliable and comparable data(both in time and between countries)and joining through that memberships some of the most prestige and innovative research infrastructures in Europe.

    The general purpose of the forum is to discuss opportunities for continuing Bulgarian full memberships in the ESS and joining the ESS ERIC European research infrastructure. The discussion aims to draw attention to the search for best practices of ESS use in education, scientific career development and evidence based policies.

    Guest speaker at the event will be Dr. Rory Fitzgerald, Director, ESS ERIC, City University London.

   The session welcomes papers and PPP that will provide empirical, methodological and practical findings. Selected topics that we would like to underline include, but are not limited to:

Ø  Is the ЕSS beneficial for Bulgaria and with what?

Ø  What ESS says about the current focal points in Europe – in particular inequalities, immigration, social dimension of the crisis, corruption, justice, tolerance toward the others

Ø  What is the ESS picture of social climate in Europe?

Ø  Where is Bulgaria in the European social map? 

Ø  What is the Bulgarian case beyond the comparable cross-national data?

Ø  How the ESS as an innovation scientific approach has been used in university education, scientific career development, creating evidence based policies?

Ø  What is the ESS ERIC potential for scientific and policy implementation?


Papers presented in the discussion should not be longer that 20 min and will have a chance to be published in the ESS national and international websites.



 Assos.Prof. PhD  Lilia Dimova – National Coordinator, ESS in Bulgaria, Chair of the

                                                    Consortium ESS ERIC - Bulgaria

Prof. DSc Rumiana Stoilova – Director, Institute for the Study of Societies and

Knowledge - BAS

Assoc. Prof. PhD  Andrey Nonchev – Chair of Department of Economic Sociology at the

University for National and World Economy

Assoc. Prof. PhD  Petya Kabakchieva – Chair of the Bulgarian Sociological Association

Prof. DPhSc  Krastyo Petkov - Chair of the Union of Bulgarian Economists