European Social Survey
The European Social Survey (ESS) is methodologically and theoretically the most comprehensive international comparative survey, implemented in most European countries, in two-year rounds, under the auspices of the European Infrastructural Consortium. This is the first time Serbia has been included, and the Institute for Sociological Research has been the main carrier of the project. In the current round, the Institute has coordinated a national research consortium of several research institutions (Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade; Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Belgrade; Faculty of Political Science, Belgrade; Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad; Faculty of Philosophy, University of Niš). The coordinator of the ESS Serbia national team is Dr Dragan Stanojević, and the survey has been accomplished with the financial support provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia. Fieldwork was completed in the fall of 2018. Being part of this project has brought significant benefits to the Serbian research community, enabling a transfer of up to date international theoretical and methodological expertise and practices in the organization of large-scale surveys, training researchers for conducting long-term, comparative international studies, and increasing the visibility of the Serbian academic community internationally.
Challenges of New Social Integration in Serbia: Concepts and Actors
The project Challenges of New Social Integration in Serbia: Concepts and Actors, funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia (reg. No. 179035), led by Prof. Mladen Lazić, involves a total of 40 researchers. It consists of 3 subprojects: 1) Changes of the Basic Structures of Serbian Society (focusing on macro-structural aspect); 2) Territorial Capital in Serbia – Structural and Action Potential of Local Development (meso-structural aspect); and 3) Changing Structure and Action Potential at Family and Individual Levels – generational and gender perspectives (micro-structural aspect), with two thematic foci: The Young as Actors of Social Integration and Politics of Parenthood. All three subprojects are strongly grounded in theory and empirical evidence and have continuously been promoting their findings, thus contributing to reform policies, and developing and improving the Institute’s human resources. This project provides new insights into the distinctive features of the emergent capitalist order in Serbia, insights that are bound to have also practical implications for planning socio-economic development and consolidating democracy.