The European Social Survey (the ESS) is an academically-driven social survey designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europe’s changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations. It is the first social science project to win Europes prestigious Descartes Prize for excellence in collaborative scientific research, and is also one of the first to become a European Commission Infrastructure, in recognition of its high technical and academic standards and their impact on advancing the field of comparative social measurement.
The Well-being Institute (WBI) at the University of Cambridge is a new cross-disciplinary initiative which aims to promote the highest quality research in the science of well-being, and to integrate this research into first rate evidence-based practice. Its founding director, Professor Felicia A. Huppert, led the design team of the European Social Survey well-being module.
The other members of the module design team are: Dr Andrew Clark, DELTA, Paris, France; Nic Marks, nef, London, UK; Professor Johaness Siegrist, University of Dusseldorf, Germany; Dr Alois Stutzer, Zurich University, Switzerland; Professor Joar Vittersų, University of Tromsų.