Public Policies, attitudes and values: Perspectives and analysis from ESS8 data

On October 24th the seminar “Public Policies, attitudes and values: Perspectives and analysis from ESS8 data” was held at ISCSP.

The results from several research projects that used data from the 8th Edition of the European Social Survey (ESS8) were presented at the event. The European Social Survey is a cross-national survey that has been conducted every two years across Europe since its establishment in 2001. The project is guided by a scientific team in the UK, with the participation of institutions in other European countries. Portugal became a member in 2002 and is currently represented by the National Coordinator Alice Ramos, from the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS), Universidade de Lisboa. She has the assistance of Rosário Mauritti, from ISCTE-IUL and Paula Pinto, a CAPP researcher and a Professor at the Institute of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP), Universidade de Lisboa. The 9th Edition is being prepared and will include 30 countries.

In Portugal, the ESS is part of PASSDA (Production and Archive of Social Science Data), an infrastructure for collecting, archiving and disseminating data on socio-political attitudes, values and behaviors.

The event sought to make known the multiple applications of ESS data. On the opening session were present Romana Xerez, ISCSP Vice-President for research, Patrícia Ávila, President of the PASSDA Scientific Council and Alice Ramos, National Coordinator of the ESS-ERIC. Miguel Pereira Lopes, the Executive President of the Centre for Public Policies and Public Administration introduced Jorge Vala, who was the previous National Coordinator of the European Social Survey and Director of the Portuguese PASSDA. The Emeritus Professor at ICS-ULisboa contextualized the history of ESS since its foundation, while also addressing the Portuguese participation.

The first panel included themes such as Migrations and Refugees, the Values of Social Service Professionals, People with Disabilities and the Welfare State in Southern Europe. The results from research on Gender and Political Choice, Sustainable Development, Environment and Sustainability were discussed on the second panel. Researchers from several Universities and Research Centers were there to present their results to an audience made of students, other researchers and journalists. The debate had coverage on the national press, including two articles in the daily newspaper Público  [1] [2].

Pedro Magalhães, PASSDA Director, Pedro Goulart, CAPP/ISCSP Vice-President and Anália Torres, CIEG/ISCSP Coordinator attended the closing session.