Structure and Governance

The ESS ERIC is governed by a General Assembly which appoints the Director.  The governance arrangements are detailed in the ESS ERIC Statutes.

Members of the General Assembly are represented by a National Representative. 

The Chair of the General Assembly is Professor Michael Breen, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland.  The Deputy Chair is Professor Professor Algis Krupavičius from Kanuas University of Technology, Lithuania.


ESS ERIC General Assembly, National Representatives


Matthias Reiter- Pázmándy, Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy



Marc Luwel, delegated representative from the Hercules Foundation (representing the Flemish community)


Marc Vanholsbeeck, delegated representative from the Ministry of the Walloon-Brussels Federation (representing the French speaking community)


Czech Republic

Petr Ventluka, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports



Kerstin Mahlapuu, Ministry of Social Affairs 



Dr Brunhild Spannhake, Federal Ministry of Education and Research



Dr Eucharia Meehan, Irish Research Council (HEA)



Professor Algis Krupavičius, delegated representative of the Ministry of Education and Science


The Netherlands

Anne Westendorp, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research



Dr Jacek Gierliński, Ministry of Science and Higher Education



Isabel Figueiredo, Foundation for Science and Technology



Dr Albin Kralj, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport



Professor Michael Tåhlin, delegated representative from the Swedish Research Council



Samantha McGregor, Economic and Social Research Council (Host Country)



Observer countries, Norway and Switzerland are represented by Dr Ingunn Stangeby, Research Council of Norway and Professor Peter Farago, FORS (Swiss Foundation for Research in Social Sciences)

The General Assembly has three standing committees: a Scientific Advisory Board, a Methods Advisory Board and a Finance Committee.

The Director, Rory Fitzgerald, ESS ERIC Headquarters, City University London, is supported in the design and implementation of the ESS ERIC Work Programme by six other institutions that collectively comprise the ESS ERIC Core Scientific Team.  These are


Deputy Directors are in post in four institutions:

-City University London, ESS ERIC Headquarters: Dr. Eric Harrison

-Deputy Director Scientific:  Dr Angelika Scheuer, GESIS

-Deputy Director Methodological:  Dr Ineke Stoop, SCP

-Deputy Director Strategic:  Professor Bjørn Henrichsen, NSD


The ESS ERIC Director also convenes a National Coordinators’ Forum, attended by National Coordinators appointed by ESS ERIC Members and Observers