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Public Attitudes to Welfare, Climate Change and Energy in the EU and Russia

Team: Brita Dorer
Leader: Dr. Angelika Scheuer
Scientific unit: Survey Design and Methodology (SDM)


The goal of the PAWCER project is to conduct comparative research on public attitudes to welfare, climate change and energy, all of which are relevant to understanding conflict, identity, and memory. Cross-national analyses of survey and contextual data will be used to examine discrepancies and similarities, as well as diverging and converging trends between public attitudes to these topics

The research will be based on the collection of survey data and the analyses of both existing and new data sets. Data will be collected through the European Social Survey. The ESS is an academically driven biennial cross-national survey, measuring the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of diverse populations. It has been awarded European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) status in December 2013. PAWCER will allow Russia to join ESS Round 8, for which fieldwork will start in September 2016.



Sponsored by




  • CESSI – Institute for Comparative Social Research Ltd., Moskau (RU)
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE)
  • FORS - Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences, Lausanne (CH)
  • Institut für Höhere Studien, Wien (AT)
  • European Centre for European Welfare Policy and Research, Wien (AT)
  • University of Tampere (SF)
  • SciencesPo, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, Paris (FR)