Projects in cooperation

Here you find information about ČSDA participation in projects of other departments in the Institute of Sociology ASCR.

Dynamics of change in Czech society
Project duration: 2014 - 2018
Grant agency: Czech science foundation (GACR)
This project will examine the Dynamics of Change in Czech Society using a household panel survey research design. Applying insights from sociology, economics and politics this study will examine five themes: Family life, time use and income management; Education and the labour market; Social stratification; Housing choices and inequalities; and Political participation and civil society. Within the framework of a Household Panel Survey, theories and models of many facets of social change will be examined using individuals’ attitudes, preferences and behaviour within the context of the household. Time use data and repeated surveys of children will provide evidence of how daily life is spent and the process of socialisation where the next generation of citizens is prepared for participation in Czech society. Advanced statistical methods will be used to test explanatory models. This project will both chart the process of social change and contribute to the training of the next generation of Czech social scientists.

This project will examine the process of change in contemporary Czech society by carrying out four waves of a household panel survey. The core themes of the research are family life, education and the labour market, social stratification, housing choices and inequalities and political participation.
More information here.

Changing work and job values in the Czech Republic
Project duration: 2014 - 2016
Grant agency: Czech science foundation (GACR)
Around the world there are various branches of socio-economic research that make work and jobs their focus object of study. This interest has been heightened by the current economic recession, which has increased the risk of unemployment and raises questions about future changes in the area of the labour force and employment. In contrast, this area is under-researched in the Czech Republic. The main task of the project is thus to provide a rich picture of the current behaviour of the Czech labour force, with a particular focus on changes in work perceptions and job-related values. This perspective reflects the fact that in periods of uncertainty, values and behavioural factors become increasingly important. We intend to analyse various sociological and statistical surveys which enable comparisons across time and countries. In addition to available datasets, the 2015 ISSP module on Work Orientations, which is to include questions about the current situation in the Czech Republic, will be implemented during work on the project.
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Protestors in Context: An Integrated and Comparative Analysis of democratic citizenship in the Czech Republic
Project duration: 2013 - 2016
Grant agency: Czech science foundation (GACR)
This project explores the determinants of political inequality in the Czech Republic. A variety of statistical modelling techniques will be used on individual level and multilevel datasets. A case control design will be used to model both general and protesting citizen survey data to determine who protests and why.
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European Social Survey (ESS)
The ČSDA collaborates on preparing data for the European Social Survey (ESS)is a long-term research programme which aims at obtaining data for understanding modern European societies and the changes taking place in them. The ESS is one of the main projects of the European Research Area. It was initiated by the European Science Foundation in 2001. In 2005, it won the European Commission-sponsored Descartes Prize as the first project in the field of social sciences and humanities with Czech participation.

The ESS is concerned with the preparation and implementation of international quantitative surveys of the values, attitudes, behaviours and socio-demographic and socio-structural characteristics of European countries’ populations. Research surveys are implemented every two years. From the beginning, the high-quality data from ESS research surveys have existed in the “open access” regime: registered users can download it freely and conveniently from the online data archive of the Norwegian Social Sciences Data Service.

The Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, was at the inception of the ESS project in 2001. Since then, it participated in the implementation of the first, second, fourth and fifth rounds of data collection for the project. Between 1300 and 3000 respondents aged 15+ participated in each round of data collection in the Czech Republic. Respondents are selected by means of random sampling.

The ESS also implements special programmes of instruction for social scientists:

  • ESSTrain – methodology courses for European researchers
  • EduNet – an online application which uses examples to teach students how to work with international data

The added value of the ESS mainly consists of the following:

  • continued (longitudinal) and highly standardized international comparative research – makes it possible to keep track of changes in attitudes over time and across European countries,
  • high demands on data quality – methodological flaws that have been coming up in international social surveys on a repeated and long-term basis are remedied in this research project,
  • easy access to high-quality data for a large population of scientists, teachers and students– the ESS raises the bar for scholarly works in the social sciences,
  • the recording of important media events throughout data collection helps to grasp national-level contexts and facilitates the interpretation of results.

ISSP 2013 - National identity III
Project duration: 2012 - 2004
Grant agency: Ministry of Youth, Education and Sport
After 1989, national identity became a major research topic in the social sciences. In the first half of the 1990´s, Europe experienced a series of events that brought attention of scientists to the issue of national identity - disintegration of multinational states of Central and Eastern Europe (Yugoslavia, Russia, Czechoslovakia), the unification of Germany, the Maastricht Treaty, and the two waves of enlargement of the European Union, the introduction of the European currency Euro and the abolition of many national currencies. These and many other events and processes (national problems in Belgium, Spain, the United Kingdom and Italy, and immigration from non-European countries) stimulated interest in the issue of national identity in the world. In 1995 ISSP research association carried out the comparative survey National Identity I in 23 countries, including the Czech Republic. National Identity II survey was repeated in 2003 in 34 countries, including the Czech Republic and its third wave of the survey (National Identity III) will be held in 2013. In 2013, the Czech Republic will be existing over twenty years and the theme of national identity belongs to the 8th Priority of the development of the Czech society, National policy of the Research and Development 2009 - 2015 (Theme 4 Czech identity and the World).
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Health & Family - ISSP 2011 and 2012
The association between the family and psychological and physical health has become a major theme in the sociological, demographic, and epidemiological literatures. On the one hand, significant attention has been devoted to the consequences of conjugal status and parenthood forthe health status and behavior of individuals (research axis family → health). On the other hand, an increasing number of studies focus on the question of how families rearrange themselves todeal with health problems among their members (research axis health  family). The importanceof the link between the family and health was established in a number of studies from variouscountries but comparative research is relatively rare. This is true despite the fact that there areempirical as well as theoretical reasons to expect substantial cross-national variation and despitethe fact that comparative research could significantly improve our understanding of the linkbetween the family and health. The goal of this project is to fill this gap and to study the variationin the association between the family and health across countries and social groups. At the sametime, special attention will be paid to the Czech case. This will be done through our participationin the international comparative project International Social Survey Program (ISSP 2011 –Health & ISSP 2012 – Family Modules).
More information here.