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International Workshop “Eurasia Barometer: Development and Perspectives”

The Eurasia Barometer: Development and Perspectives workshop was hosted by the Vienna office of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) on 11-15 December 2017.

The event was an opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities in the study of public opinion and the organisation of public opinion surveys in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 

The workshop was organised by the Eurasia Barometer Research Network and the Institute for Comparative Social Research’s Eurasia Barometer in Vienna, directed by Professor Dr Christian W Haerpfer who is also the President of the World Values Survey Association and the Scientific Advisor of the DOC Research Institute


The workshop gave an opportunity to its participants to discuss the most recent challenges and opportunities in studying public opinion and organizing public opinion surveys in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

An opening address was made by Dr. Walter Schwimmer, co-founder of the DOC, who stressed the importance of dialogue and cooperation, seen in the work of both the DOC and the Eurasia Barometer. Participants then presented analysis and forecasts based on previous rounds of the Eurasia Barometer survey conducted between 1992 and 2012.


The workshop initiated preparatory activities for the 3-rd wave of the large-scale Eurasia Barometer survey in all the post-Soviet states, including the Eastern Partnership countries, and the post-Soviet countries which have become EU member states. The 3rd Eurasia Barometer will take place in 2018 and will be devoted to the analysis of most recent trends of social, political and economic development in the post-communist states in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.


Dr. Schwimmer introduced participants to the DOC and Prof. Haerpfer spoke about the work of the World Values Survey Association and the Eurasia Barometer Institute. Prof. David Rotman, leader of the EAB-Belarus team at the Belarusian State University, also delivered a presentation. Participants from Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Ukraine, who were unable to attend the meeting in person were able to join the discussion via Skype.

Professor David Rotman has also delivered an open lecture devoted to the trends of social and political development of the Belorussian society in 1990-2017. The lecture was presented to the members of the Austrian-Belarusian Friendship Society on December 16th.

The workshop was supported by the Mobility Action under the EU financed project "Mobility Scheme for Targeted Peole-to-People Contacts" (MOST), ENPI/2014/354-855. Administered by Goethe Institute, Minsk.
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