The European Social Survey (the ESS) is an academically-driven social survey designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europe's changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations. The ESS was established in 2001, and was led by its founder and coordinator Roger Jowell until his death in December 2011.
Currently in the midst of its sixth round, this biennial cross-sectional survey covers more than thirty nations and employs the most rigorous methodologies. The ESS information brochure outlines the origins and development of the project. In addition two collections of findings are available: one summarises key findings from the first three rounds of the survey; the other focuses on 'topline' results relating to Trust in Justice data collected in round five.
The ESS has received funding from the EC's Framework programmes, from the European Science Foundation, and from national funding councils in participating countries. In January 2013 the ESS applied for selection as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC).
The project is directed by a Core Scientific Team led by Rory Fitzgerald from the Centre for Comparative Social Surveys at City University London, UK. The six other institutions represented are:
If you have a general enquiry about the ESS or wish to comment on the website, please email
If your query concerns access to data, contact the archive at NSD, Norway.