Professor Christian Haerpfer

Prof. Haerpfer is the Founding Director of the Institute for Comparative Survey Research “Eurasia Barometer” in Vienna, Austria since 1991. In his capacity as Director of the Eurasia Barometer, he became a full member of the Steering Committee of the Global Barometer Survey (GBS) Group (Santiago de Chile), which is the worldwide organization for comparative social science large-scale quantitative surveys in different world regions. Other members of the GBS Group in addition to the Eurasia Barometer are the Asian Barometer, Afro Barometer, Arab Barometer and Latino Barometro.

Prof. Haerpfer has been a Full Professor of Political Science at the University of Aberdeen in UK (2004-2015), as well as Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK), Hebrew University Jerusalem (Israel), National University of Rwanda (Kigali, Rwanda), University of Kharkiv (Ukraine) and University of Salzburg (Austria). He has received fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust (London, UK), the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars (Washington D.C., USA), the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and the University of Essex (UK).

Professor Haerpfer has been the Director of the New Democracies Barometer (5 waves between 1991 and 1998), which covered the processes of political and social transformations in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan since more than 20 years.

Professor Haerpfer is President of the World Values Survey Association since August 2013. Before becoming President of the World Values Survey Association, Professor Haerpfer has been Principal Investigator of the World Values Study in Hungary (1999) and Moldova (2006). He served as Vice-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee and Chair of the Questionnaire Committee as well as the Chair of the Nomination Committee of the World Values Survey Association between 2009 and July 2013.

Since 2011, Professor Haerpfer serves as the Founding Chair of the Research Committee No 17 on ‘Comparative Public Opinion’ at the International Political Science Association (IPSA) in Montreal (Canada). In 2016, Prof. Haerpfer has been elected as the IPSA RC Liaison Representative and became a member of the Executive Committee of IPSA for the period of 2016-2018.

Professor Haerpfer has received fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust (London, UK), the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars (Washington D.C., USA), the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and the University of Essex (UK).

His main field of expertise constitute social and political transformations in transitional Post-Soviet and Post-Communist societies; political participation and democracy; social and political capital; support for democracy and other political regimes; political transition in countries of Middle East and North Africa. Prof. Haerpfer has over 200 publications in mentioned fields.

His books include Democracy and Enlargement in Post-Communist Europe (Routledge 2002) and co-authored with R. Rose and W.T. Mishler, Democracy and Its Alternatives. Understanding Post-Communist Societies (Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore 1998). His most recent book publication is Democratization (Oxford University Press 2009, second edition in 2016), co-edited with Ronald Inglehart, Christan Welzel and Patrick Bernhagen.

Among his most recent journal articles and book chapters are:
  • Support for Democracy in Post-communist Europe and Post-Soviet Eurasia. In: The Civic Culture Transformed / Edited by: Russell J. Dalton, Christian Welzel - Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp. 158-189 (co-author: Kseniya Kizilova);
  • Political Involvement of Citizens in Belarus and Ukraine: A Comparison with Russia, Moldova and Caucasus. International Relations and Diplomacy, ISSN 2328-2134. June 2014, Vol. 2, No. 6, 361-369 (co-author: Ksenyia Kizilova);
  • Do citizens of the former Soviet Union trust state institutions, and why? In: East European Politics 2013, DOI: 10.1080/21599165.2013.821981 (Co-authors: Rebecca McKee, Adrianna Murphy, Erica Richardson, Bayard Roberts and Martin McKee);
  • 'Support for Democracy and Autocracy in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, 1992-2002', In: International Political Science Review (IPSR) 2008, Vol.29, No.4, pp.411-431;
Professor Haerpfer is academic and public policy adviser for the United Nations, UNDP, World Bank, European Commission, EBRD, OECD and the Austrian Central Bank.