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European Social Survey ERIC, City, University of London, Northampton Square, London | EC1V 0HB
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The European Social Survey (ESS) is a biennial international survey that has monitored social change across Europe since 2002. It became a self-funded European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) in November 2013. The ESS is headquartered at City, University of London and they are supported by seven institutions from across Europe.

The ESS provides data about public attitudes and behaviour over time on a wide range of subjects. In each round, it includes questions on the media; immigration; crime health and wellbeing; trust in government and institutions; citizen involvement; democracy; social exclusion and social trust; political values and engagement; socio demographics; education; occupation; social capital and household circumstances;.

The survey also includes questions on two specific subjects that differ from round to round. These are sets of up to 30 questions proposed by academics and have so far covered: citizen involvement; health and care; economic morality; family, work and wellbeing; timing of life; personal and social wellbeing, welfare attitudes; ageism; justice; democracy; immigration; social inequalities in health; and attitudes to climate change.

Launched in 2001, the first round of surveys was conducted in 2002 and gathered results from 22 countries. Since then, 36 countries have taken part in at least one round of the ESS. In 2005, it became the first social science project to win the annual Descartes Prize for Excellence in Scientific Collaborative Research, awarded by the European Union. The ESS was recognised as an ESFRI Landmark by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) in 2016. The ESS had already been included in the ESFRI Roadmap since 2006. The Roadmap identifies research infrastructures of pan-European interest. Only high quality and established research infrastructures are given ESFRI Landmark status.

The data gathered by the ESS has always been available to use completely free of charge for non-commercial use and all the data compiled since 2002 can be viewed or downloaded from the ESS website following a simple registration. The data has been accessed by almost 110,000 people - mainly students - and this has led to 3,138 academic articles that used ESS data (2003-15) being published in journals, books, chapters and papers. From October 2016 until September 2017, the ESS was cited in over 2,000 media articles and blogs worldwide.

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