List of Conferences and Conference Sessions

“Democracy, the State and Protest: International Perspectives on Methods for the Study of Protest”

May 11 & 12, 2017

CONSIRT and the Mershon Center organized the event, “Democracy, the State and Protest: International Perspectives on Methods for the Study of Protest,” May 11 – 12, 2017, at The Ohio State University. Across the world, mass political protest has shaped the course of modern democracies. Building on decades of theory and methods, this international two-day event examines the past, present, and future of democracy and protest.

Speakers included:

  • Russell Dalton, University of California, Irvine
  • Jennifer Earl, University of Arizona
  • Jan van Deth, University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Hanspeter Kriesi, European University Institute, Italy
  • Patrick T. Brandt, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Katerina Vrablikova, Mershon Center OSU
  • Bert Klandermans, Free University, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Irina Tomescu-Dubrow, Polish Academy of Sciences

The event began with a conference on May 11. On the second day, we held a roundtable discussion with the conference speakers on the methodology of studying democracy and protest. Both took place at the Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio, in Room 120. The event was organized by by Irina Tomescu-Dubrow (Polish Academy of Sciences), Kazimierz M. Slomczynski (OSU and Polish Academy of Sciences), and J. Craig Jenkins (OSU).


“The Present and Future of Longitudinal Cross-sectional and Panel Survey Research”

December 15 – 16, 2015

CONSIRT organized the conference and workshop, “Longitudinal Survey Research: Methodological Challenges,” December 15-18, 2015, at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences. The conference, “The Present and Future of Longitudinal Cross-sectional and Panel Survey Research” (December 15-16), was the first part of this event. It was followed by the workshop, “Harmonization of Survey and Non-Survey Data” (December 17-18), which discusses possibilities of harmonizing ex-post survey data, also with information from non-survey sources.

The common theme of the Warsaw international event is methodological challenges in cross-sectional time series and panel surveys. These types of data have been crucial to generating key insights into the conditions, causes and consequences of social change. Ironically, the very change that social scientists examine – technological, economic, political and cultural – poses serious threats to traditional survey methods. New communication modes, declining response rates worldwide, the spectacular growth of big data from non-survey sources and their increasing popularity in the social sciences, constitute such threats. Survey administrators are forced to re-think their methods, from how to design surveys, contact respondents, and ask questions to how to analyze, store and distribute the data. Threats, however, are accompanied by opportunities. We plan to discuss how advances in both survey methods and communication/computational technologies, combined with the rise of interdisciplinary collaborative scientific teams and laboratories across the social sciences, can aid social science methodology and provide new substantive insights.

The purpose of the conference was to engage established scholars, young researchers and graduate students from different countries and disciplines, in discussing the present and future of longitudinal surveys. Day One of the conference features two sessions, the first devoted to international cross-sectional surveys, and the other to panel surveys. Key questions for both sessions include:

A. What are the most troublesome methodological challenges that major longitudinal surveys face now, and in the next ten years? How can these challenges be met, and overcome?

B. To improve data quality, should we standardize survey documentation across international survey projects, beginning with guidelines provided by the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI)? If so, how can this be achieved?

C. What are the invited speakers’ visions of the future of survey methodology – from survey design to data access and storage –for the next wave, and for the next ten years?

Christof Wolf, GESIS, Germany, delivered the Plenary Lecture: “Challenges of Survey Research.” Afterwards is Session One, “Longitudinal Cross-sectional Survey Research,” chaired by Irina Tomescu-Dubrow, CONSIRT and IFiS PAN. The discussant for this session was Christian Welzel, Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany.

The presenters for Session One were:

Rory Fitzgerald, City University London, UK, “Facing Up to the Challenges and Future of Repeat Cross-sectional, Cross-national Social Surveys. The Synergies for Europe’s Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences Initiative”

Melanie Revilla, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain, “Quality of Survey Data: How to Estimate It and Why It Matters”

Peter Granda, University of Michigan and ICPSR USA, “Survey Data Documentation: The Disjunction between Description and Assessment”

Mitchell Seligson, LAPOP, Vanderbilt University USA, “The AmericasBarometer by LAPOP: Challenges in Cross-National Longitudinal Surveys”

Session Two, Panel Survey Research, was chaired by Irina Tomescu-Dubrow. The discussant was Dean Lillard, The Ohio State University USA.

The presenters for Session Two, “Panel Survey Research” were:

Elizabeth Cooksey, NLSY, The Ohio State University USA, “Methodological Challenges in the US National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth”

Oliver Lipps, FORS, Switzerland, “Methodological Challenges of Panel Surveys Now and in Ten Years – A Swiss Perspective”

Day Two of the conference was, “POLPAN: Preparing for the First 30 Years,” and it focused on Polish Panel Survey, POLPAN 1988 – 2013. POLPAN is the longest running panel survey, conducted on a national representative sample, in the world. A preparation for the 2018 wave just begins. In Session One, Kazimierz M. Slomczynski and Zbigniew Sawinski, who have led POLPAN over the decades, discussed how POLPAN addresses the difficult questions posed on Day One of the conference. Kazimierz M. Slomczynski will be the main presenter of Session Two, “The Future of POLPAN.” The discussant for Session Two was Elizabeth Cooksey.

Afterward, POLPAN researchers presented substantive analyses using POLPAN data, including the 2013 wave. The chair of this session was Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow, CONSIRT and IFiS PAN.

The presenters of this session were:

Malgorzata Mikucka, University of Louvain, Belgium, “What Affects Subjective Evaluation of Health?”

Zbigniew Karpinski, IFiS PAN, and Kinga Wysienska-Di Carlo, Albert Shanker Institute USA, and IFiS PAN, “Applying Survival Analysis to Understand the Motherhood Penalty in a Dynamic Framework”

Anna Kiersztyn, University of Warsaw, Poland, “Over-education in Poland, 1988-2013: Driving Factors and Consequences for Workers”



Interdisciplinary Studies of Political Behavior and the Use of ‘Big Data’, May 6-9, 2014, OSU Main Campus, Columbus OH

The Polish Panel Survey POLPAN 1988-2013: A Cross-National Perspective, March 19, 2014, Warsaw, Poland

Nationalism and Conflict: Interdisciplinary Methodological Approaches, December 10 – 15, 2012, Warsaw, Poland.

Contribution of Area Studies to the Knowledge of Ethnic Tensions: Interdisciplinary Methodological Approaches, December 14 – 16, 2009, Warsaw, Poland

Sociological Surveys of Public Opinion in Central and Eastern Europe: Cross-National Comparative Studies, July 3 – 5, 2008, Warsaw, Poland

Sociological Surveys of Public Opinion in Southeastern Europe: Cross-National Comparative Studies, August 31 – September 2, 2007, Cluj-Napoca, Romania


Is Political Inequality Rising, Falling, or Staying the Same? July 10- 14, 2016, International Sociological Association Forum of Sociology, Vienna, Austria.

Psychological Functioning and Social Inequality, July 13-19, 2014, Yokohama, Japan for the World Congress of the ISA, Research Committee (RC) 28 on Social Stratification and Mobility

Democracy and Inequality across the World, July 13-19, 2014, Yokohama, Japan for the World Congress of the ISA, Research Committee (RC) 18 on Political Sociology

Social Change: Inequalities in Political Participation, July 13-19, 2014, Yokohama, Japan for the World Congress of the ISA, Research Committee (RC) 9 on Social Transformations and the Sociology of Development

Political Inequality and Social Change Outside of the West, July 13-19, 2014, Yokohama, Japan for the World Congress of the ISA, Research Committee (RC) 9 on Social Transformations and the Sociology of Development

Political Inequality Outside the West, Part I and Part II, August 1-4, 2012 Buenos Aires, Argentina for the 2nd Forum of the International Sociological Association

Age of Democracy, Age of Inequality, Part I and Part II, August 1-4, 2012 Buenos Aires, Argentina for the 2nd Forum of the International Sociological Association

Trust, Politics and Institutions in Comparative Perspective, May 31-June 2, 2012, Bucharest, Romania for the International Conference of the Romanian Sociological Society

Politics, Institutions and Discrimination across the Post-Communist World: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, July 15-18, 2012 Warsaw, Poland for the Warsaw East European Conference (WEEC) at the University of Warsaw

Assessing the Democratic Divide between Eastern and Western Europe, February 16 – 19, 2011, Sao Paulo, Brazil for the International Political Sci Assoc (IPSA) / European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)

Post-Soviet or Post-Communist? Dynamic Dimensions of the Democratic Divide, July 15-18, 2011, Warsaw, Poland for the Warsaw East European Conference (WEEC) at the University of Warsaw

The Cost of Radical Social Change: Enduring Inequalities in Central and Eastern Europe April 15 – 17, 2010, Columbus, Ohio, USA for the OSU Center for Slavic and East European Studies Midwest Slavic Conference

Inequalities, Old and New: Romania in Cross-National Perspective, December 2 – 4, 2010, Cluj-Napoca, for the Romanian Sociological Society International Conference

Political Inequality in Cross-National Perspective, Part I and Part II, July 11 – 17, 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden for the World Congress of International Soc Association (ISA)

Comparative Sociology and Area Studies: How Can Sociology Gain From the Inter- disciplinary Knowledge on the World Regions? June 11 – June 14, 2009, Yerevan, Armenia for the World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology (IIS)

Causal Analysis Using Multi-Wave Panel Data: Problems and Solutions, June 29 – July 3, 2009, Warsaw, for the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) conference

Public Opinion Surveys in East Central Europe: Studies in Political Sociology July 15 – 18, 2008, Warsaw for the Warsaw East European Conference (WEEC) at the University of Warsaw

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