Pre-announcement: Call for rotating modules


The call for external academics to apply to field questions in Round 11 (2022/23) of our survey will be published in October 2019.

In each wave of the European Social Survey (ESS), we ask around 200 questions - most of which form part of the core questionnaire that is asked in every round.

Additionally, teams of researchers are invited to apply to field around 30 questions on a single topic - the chosen proposals make up two rotating modules that are fielded in each round.

Each rotating module covers a single academic and/or policy concern within Europe and is primarily drafted by an external cross-national team whose proposal is chosen by the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).

The chosen Question Module Design Teams (QDTs) will then work closely with the Core Scientific Team (CST) to develop their rotating modules.

Applications will be invited for new topics and repeat modules.

New modules may either cover a wholly new topic to the ESS or cover a topic or module that has previously been included but using a different approach.

Repeat modules provide an opportunity to explore how attitudes and behaviour towards a given topic may have changed over time.

At least two-thirds of the items in the repeat module must be administered in an identical formal to those in the earlier module.

In Round 8 (2016/17) of our survey, the rotating modules were Public attitudes to climate change and energy, included for the first time, and Welfare attitudes in Europe, repeated from Round 4 (2008/09).

The topics that are being covered in Round 9 (2018/19) include the Timing of life - originally fielded in Round 3 (2006/07) - and a new module examining Justice and fairness, from an economic standpoint.

In Round 10 (2020/21) of the ESS, the subjects will be Europeans’ understandings and evaluations of democracy - repeated from Round 6 (2012/13) - and Digital social contacts in work and family life - fielded for the first time.

Multi-national teams will be invited to apply for the opportunity to design a rotating module addressing a topic of academic and or policy relevance across Europe to be included in Round 11 of the ESS.

Round 11 fieldwork will take place from September 2022 and the survey data collected will be available for analysis from the end of October 2023.

As with Round 10 (2020/21), there will be a two-stage application process for Round 11 rotating modules. Stage one applications will be due in early 2020.

The application process will be completed by July 2020, with work on the chosen Round 11 rotating modules due to begin in September 2020.

Visit our Source Questionnaire section to read the successful abstracts, team compositions and proposals from previous rounds

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