May.01

Preparing for Athens

This week, the General Assembly of the European Values Study will take place in Athens. Being the European counterpart of the World Values Survey, the EVS is a large-scale cross-national survey on political and social attitudes carried out every nine years among representative samples of European countries. From this year onwards, I am the National Program Director of the Dutch fieldwork. In this role, I will participate in this EVS-meeting. The program on Friday is quite tight, with a discussion on the budget, the new questionnaire, insights on sampling strategies and the translation process, as well as information on how to collect data through web surveys. More information to come!

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Apr.25

Christian Froehlich at the Sociology Colloquium

This afternoon, Christian Froehlich, Assistant Professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, presented his research on Urban Activism in contemporary Moscow. Christian is in Tilburg on an Erasmus+ program – actually the same scholarship that brought me to Moscow in November to teach a course on Social Capital in the Master Program. Apart from presenting his research in the Sociology Colloquium, Christian also contributes to other courses this week, for instance Populism in Comparative Perspective and Values and Civil Society in Europe.

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Apr.22

March for Science

Today, I will participate in the March for Science, which will take place at Museumplein, Amsterdam. The Dutch Sociological Association (NSV) has launched an official statement, which I fully endorse. Apologies that this post is in Dutch:

De Nederlandse Sociologische Vereniging (NSV) ondersteunt de March for Science die op 22 april in Amsterdam en wereldwijd plaatsvindt. De NSV staat voor pluriforme en onpartijdige wetenschap die betrokken is bij de samenleving. De March for Science is een viering van de betekenis die wetenschap in een democratische samenleving kan spelen, in reactie op recente ontwikkelingen die de relatie tussen wetenschappelijke kennis enerzijds en politiek anderzijds op scherp stellen.
Anti-wetenschappelijke tendensen lijken groeiende en dat baart de NSV grote zorgen. De huidige politieke koers in onder andere de Verenigde Staten, Hongarije en Turkije bedreigt onafhankelijk wetenschappelijk onderzoek. Ook in Nederland worden uitkomsten van wetenschappelijk onderzoek steeds vaker afgedaan als “ook maar een mening” en ten onrechte tot een partijdige positie gereduceerd.
Met talloos veel anderen delen wij de opvatting dat onafhankelijke wetenschapsbeoefening een belangrijke bijdrage kan leveren aan een vreedzame, democratische en welvarende wereld. Onafhankelijk wetenschappelijk onderzoek en de vrije uitwisseling van informatie zijn van wezenlijk belang voor alle sectoren van de samenleving en kunnen bijdragen aan gefundeerd beleid .
Wij moedigen onze leden aan op 22 april mee te lopen in de March for Science en met ons het belang van vrije wetenschap te onderstrepen. De bijeenkomst start om 12.00 op het Museumplein in Amsterdam. Meer informatie via www.marchforscience.nl.

And a cartoon in Dutch from 3hoog/Fotostrips about the March for Science to wrap it all up:

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Apr.21

Apr.20

European Youth During the Great Recession

A new co-authored publication with Leen Vandecasteele (University of Tüebingen) has recently been published in the International Journal of Psychology. In this manuscript, Leen and I study the extent to which young people are affected by the Great Recession. We study how the individual experience of economic hardship, or living in a context of economic downturn, has had an influence on subjective well-being, social and political attitudes, and human values. In our study, we combine several techniques (multilevel analysis on cross-sectional data, as well as fixed-effects regression on a pseudo-panel based) to respond to our research question. In line with existing studies, we show that human values are unaffected by economic hardship; subjective well-being is lower among those experiencing economic strain. Social attitudes are inconsistently affected by hardship: particularly those directed at society (e.g. political trust and satisfaction with the economy) are depressed by economic downturns.

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