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Mălina Voicu on democracy and Coronavirus

posted Dec 1, 2020, 9:28 AM by Bogdan Voicu

Our colleague Mălina Voicu gave an interview to the Austrian Academy of Science related to the relation between democracy and coronavirus, explaining how democratic values act during the current crisis.

Among others, she said that:
Wir wissen bereits, dass in Ländern mit größerer sozialer Ungleichheit die Menschen eine niedrigere Lebenserwartung haben. Eine große Kluft zwischen Arm und Reich wird auch beim Zugang zu Gesundheitsdiensten schlagend und das betrifft wiederum die präventive medizinische Versorgung.

European Identity: An Analysis of Measurement Equivalence

posted Nov 23, 2020, 5:33 PM by Bogdan Voicu

European Identity: An Analysis of Measurement Equivalence Across Countries and Mode of Data Collection in the European Values Survey 2017/2018,
Malina Voicu, Ioana Ramia

Social Indicators Reseach,

Our colleagues Malina Voicu and Ioana Ramia published recently in Social Indicators Research an analysis of European identity based on the most recent EVS/WVS data collection

Analyzing data from 30 European countries, included in EVS/WVS 2017 data, the paper shows that there is a common understanding of Europeanness among those living in Europe in ethnic terms, not in cultural ones. The results proved that most of the Europeans, no matter their citizenship or country of residence, use the same criteria to define “What makes someone European”. The tests of measurement equivalence indicate that the scale tapping the Europeanness used by EVS /WVS 2017 is suitable for cross-national comparisons, but the comparability should be refrained to comparing means of the scale across countries.

The paper can be read online here:

Webinar: Value changes in pandemic times

posted Nov 21, 2020, 5:59 AM by Bogdan Voicu   [ updated Nov 21, 2020, 5:59 AM ]

Webinar on Zoom

Value changes in pandemic times

Friday, 27th of November
10 am in Bruxelles, Amsterdam, and Rome; 11 am in Bucharest


Organized by the Romanian Group for Studying Social Values,
this webinar brings together scholars from the community studying social values,
and contributes to understanding the changes that Covid19 brought to the social fabric.

Four academic presentations are proposed:

·         Tim Reeskens10, Quita Muis10, Inge Sieben10, Leen Vandecasteele11, Ruud Luijkx10 & Loek Halman10 Stability or change of public opinion and values during the coronavirus crisis? Exploring Dutch longitudinal panel data

·         Malina Voicu1 & Delia Bădoi1, Fertility and the COVID-19 crisis: do gender roles really matter?

·         Francesco Molteni12, Riccardo Ladini12, Ferruccio Biolcati12, Antonio M. Chiesi12, Giulia Maria Dotti Sani12, Simona Guglielmi12, Marco Maraffi12, Andrea Pedrazzani12, Paolo Segatti12 & Cristiano Vezzoni12. Searching for comfort in religion: insecurity and religious behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy

·         Bogdan Voicu1,2, Edurne Bartolome Peral3, Horațiu Rusu2,1, Gergely Rosta4,5, Mircea Comșa6, Octavian-Marian Vasile1,7, Lluís Coromina 8, Claudiu D. Tufiș9. COVID-19 and orientations towards solidarity. The cases of Spain, Hungary, and Romania

All presentations are based on accepted papers in a special issue of European Societies.

There are allotted 20 minutes for presentation, followed by 15 minutes for questions, comments, and answers. A final discussion of common messages in the papers will be delivered by Vera Lomazzi13.

Attending the webinar is free, but registration is necessary.


Affiliations of the authors:

1Romanian Academy, Research Institute for Quality of Life

2Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Department of Sociology

3 University of Deusto – Bilbao, Department of International Relations and Humanities

4Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Institute of Sociology

5University of Münster

6Babeș-Bolyai University, Department of Sociology

7 University of Bucharest, Department of Sociology

8 University of Girona, Department of Economics

9 University of Bucharest, Department of Political Science

10 Tilburg University, Department of Sociology

11 Institute for Social Sciences at the University of Lausanne

12 University of Milan, Department of Social and Political Science

13 GESIS Leibnitz-Institute for Social Sciences

event supported by

Romanian Quantitative Studies Association

Research Institute for Quality of Life

Grant GAR-UM-2019-XI-5.3-9

Politici sociale postmoderne în România

posted Nov 14, 2020, 2:58 PM by Bogdan Voicu   [ updated Nov 14, 2020, 2:58 PM ]

Voicu, B. (2019). Politici sociale postmoderne în România: Între nevoie și schimbările așteptate ale sistemului de furnizare a bunăstării. Sociologie Românească, 17(2), 9-36.

Cu ceva întârziere, atragem atenția asupra apariției articolului colegului nostru Bogdan Voicu despre politici sociale postmoderne în România contemporană.

Folosind repere teoretice domeniul politicilor sociale si a sociologiei valorilor, precum și din sociologia schimbării sociale, Bogdan descrie fenomene contemporane într-un limbaj accesibil, dar academic.

De la basic income la voucherele de voluntariat, și de la politici referitoare la migrație la individualizarea programelor sociale, articolul pune în valoare (și) date provenite din sondajele valorilor, discutând în fapt implicațiile acestora în planul consecințelor de politică publică.

Lectura poate fi utilă publicului larg, decidenților și profesioniștilor din domeniul serviciilor sociale, celor care lucrează în CSR, studenților la științe sociale.

Textul a apărut între timp și într-un volum colectiv: Zamfir, Elena, Voicu, Mălina, & Stănescu, Simona Maria (Eds.). (2020). Politici sociale în România după 30 de ani: aşteptări şi răspunsuri. București: Editura Academiei Române.

Claudiu Tufiș, member in the Theory Group of the EVS

posted Oct 15, 2020, 7:29 AM by Bogdan Voicu

Our colleague, Claudiu Tufiș, was recently elected member in the Theory Group of the European Values Study Association. We wish him a productive activity in the group.

WAPOR's 2020 Elizabeth H. Nelson Prize – for Mălina Voicu & Ioana Ramia

posted Oct 12, 2020, 2:46 AM by Bogdan Voicu   [ updated Oct 12, 2020, 2:46 AM ]

Mălina Voicu & Ioana Ramia received a prize from WAPOR (World Association of Public opinion research). They were awarded the 2020 Elizabeth H. Nelson Prize – for the best conference paper from a society in transition.

We congratulate our colleagues and invite everyone to view the moment when they received the prize:

YouTube Video

Fertility and the COVID-19 crisis: do gender roles really matter?

posted Oct 9, 2020, 7:09 AM by Bogdan Voicu   [ updated Oct 9, 2020, 7:09 AM ]

Our colleague Mălina Voicu co-authored an interesting paper in European Societies, that we advertise bellow:

Mălina Voicu & Delia Bădoi (2020)
Fertility and the COVID-19 crisis: do gender roles really matter?,
European Societies, DOI: 10.1080/14616696.2020.1822537

The paper recently published in European Societies proposes a framework for linking fertility with various critical historical moments, shedding light on the impact of “critical junctions” on fertility decisions. As data regarding the dynamic of fertility during the COVID 19 pandemic are not yet available, the article employed a theoretical approach analysing the nexus between fertility and the COVID crisis through the lens of gender roles and social values. The purpose of this analysis is to frame the theoretical paths and to prepare a background for further in-depth analysis based on empirical data. The authors show that biological reduction of fertility is less likely to occur but that behavioural mechanisms in couple’s decision-making will drive the impact on fertility intentions. The health emergency, economic crisis and social distancing will lead to an adjustment of fertility behaviour, while gender roles and social values will moderate the impact of the pandemic.


Lauching the World Values Survey 2017-2020 dataset

posted Jul 26, 2020, 1:20 AM by Bogdan Voicu

The WVS 2017-2020 pooled dataset was launched in the beginning of last week.
Among others, our group proposed the below presentation. In the video, we address attitudes about science and participation in association, with arguments taken from our incoming book...

Romanian data, science, associations

Valori sub presiune (Values under pressure)

posted Apr 3, 2020, 6:14 AM by Bogdan Voicu   [ updated Apr 3, 2020, 6:21 AM ]

Un grup de cercetători din România, Spania, Ungaria, Lituania și Germania care propune un sondaj despre cum gândesc oamenii. Întrebările sunt identice cu o parte din cele incluse în sondajele valorilor din 2017-2018 și permit evaluarea schimbării sub impactul crizei mondiale curente cauzate de Covid19 (Corona-virus).

A group of researchers from Romania, Spain, Hungary, Lithuania, and Germany, that carries out a survey about how people think. The questions are identical to part of those included in values surveys collected in 2017-2018, and allow assessing how people change under the impact of global crisis caused by Covid19 (Coronavirus).

Vă rugăm să completați chestionarul (15 minute), în limba preferată (selectați mai jos) și să distribuiți anunțul către rețeaua dvs. de prieteni.

Please, fill in the survey (15 minutes), in the language that suits you, and distribute the announcement towards your fiends.

Vă mulțumim anticipat!

Thank you in advance!









Sondajul este sprijinit de RQSA și ICCV.

Presentations in Tbilisi

posted Dec 26, 2019, 2:33 AM by Bogdan Voicu

EVS recently posted the video recordings of the presentations delivered during the First international workshop of EVS2017 “Comparing values in (post)crisis Europe“ held in10-11 October 2019, in Tbilisi (Georgia).

Among the presentations, three come from our team, and we offer them as a Christmas gift:

Mălina Voicu talks about Measuring Illiberal Populism in Romania

EVS Workshop 2019, Tbilisi - Malina Voicu

Bogdan Voicu introduces his argument on Remitting Authoritarianism

EVS Workshop 2019, Tbilisi - Bogdan Voicu

Horațiu Rusu searches for a measurement of civic-ethnic identity and relates them to attitudes towards immigration

EVS Workshop 2019, Tbilisi - Horatiu M Rusu

One may retrieve all the presentations from the conference here.

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