Call for Abstracts

The 8th Conference of the European Survey Research Association will take place 15th-19th July 2019 in Zagreb, Croatia.

The scientific committee is now inviting researchers who are active in the field of survey research, survey methodology and data analysis to submit proposals for individual paper and poster presentations.

To be part of the conference programme, start by selecting a suitable session for your presentation. Here is a complete overview of all 120 sessions that are being organised.

Please submit an abstract (max. 300 words) to the session of your choice via the ESRA conference management system by 18th November 2018.

To submit an abstract you must login to your ESRA account (or create a new account if you do not already have one) and then follow the instructions provided. Please note that it is only possible to submit two abstracts as the first author/presenter.

The conference theme is ‘Highlighting the contribution of survey research in the changing data environment.’  We welcome submissions related to this theme, or in any other area of survey methodology or substantive area of survey research. We encourage proposals from researchers with a variety of backgrounds, including academic research, official statistics, commercial research, and government social research.

The following are examples of topics that are of particular interest, and the list of available sessions broadly covers these areas:

Survey methodology and survey practice:

  • Questionnaire development, testing and piloting; measurement issues
  • Online survey methods and surveys on mobile devices
  • Mixing modes and mode effects
  • Fieldwork processes, including responsive and adaptive designs
  • Collecting biomarkers and other specimen data within surveys
  • Innovations and emerging methods: life-tracking and sensor data; blue-tooth and near field technology; web scraping for data collection
  • Gamification of surveys
  • Analysing, monitoring and reducing Total Survey Error; using paradata to evaluate survey quality
  • Sample designs, coverage, and sampling (probability and nonprobability); hard-to-reach populations
  • Unit and item nonresponse
  • Interviewers and interviewer effects 
  • Methods for cross-national and cross-cultural surveys
  • Longitudinal surveys
  • Experiments in general population surveys

 

Data management and post-survey processing

  • Data documentation, archiving and data access
  • Linking survey data to auxiliary data sources (administrative and big data sources)
  • Privacy and confidentiality; consent
  • Data security and access
  • Applications of machine learning methods (e.g. for data linkage)
  • Post-survey processing – coding and editing; related errors
  • Weighting in probability and nonprobability-based sample surveys
  • Imputation methods

 

Developments in survey analysis techniques

  • Longitudinal analysis techniques
  • Multi-level techniques
  • Comparative methods and equivalence testing
  • Methods to estimate and adjust for survey errors
  • Social network analysis
  • Visualisation of survey data

 

Substantive applications of survey research

  • Election polling and public opinion
  • Values
  • Migration
  • Social indicators
  • Comparative research
  • Evaluation research
  • Life course studies

 

All abstracts will be reviewed by the session organisers and the ESRA Conference Committee.  Decisions will be communicated by the end of January 2019.  Please note that, if accepted, your abstract may be assigned to a different session than the one you submit it to.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the ESRA 2019 programme! Submit an abstract today!