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Institutional Background

ALLBUS - a GESIS-project

ALLBUS is a project of GESIS realized in co-operation with the ALLBUS Board.
The ALLBUS-team in the department Data and Research on Society (DRS) is responsible for the research program and for the overall design of the ALLBUS surveys. They prepare the surveys in close collaboration with the ALLBUS Board and engage a private survey organisation to carry out the interviews. The ALLBUS-team in the department Data Archive for the Social Sciences (DAS) is responsible for data processing, archiving and distribution. They produce cross-sectional and cumulative datasets, assemble comprehensive variable reports and other documentation materials and provide reliable access to the data.

Study Coordination Group:

The Study Coordination Group ALLBUS serves as a link to the scientific community, it is systematically involved in the planning of all surveys and the continuing development of the ALLBUS program. As of autumn 2022 its members are:

  • Bettina Westle (University of Marburg), speaker
  • Katrin Auspurg (LMU Munich)
  • Christoph Bühler (University of Hannover)
  • Andreas Hadjar (University of Luxemburg)
  • Steffen Hillmert (University of Tübingen)
  • Ulrich Wagner (University of Marburg)


The first four surveys in 1980, 1982, 1984 and 1986 were funded through individual grants of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)). DFG funding was also made available for the additional Baseline-Survey in 1991. With the foundation of the "Gesellschaft Sozialwissenschaftlicher Infrastruktureinrichtungen (GESIS)" in 1986, ALLBUS was included in the state-federal funding of the institutes united within GESIS and was permanently institutionalized as a joint project of then GESIS-ZUMA in Mannheim and GESIS-ZA in Cologne. Today this cooperation is continued within GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.