This site brings together cutting edge research on subjective wellbeing using data from the first six rounds of the European Social Survey (ESS). It aims to showcase the wide-ranging scope that ESS data provide for exploring the definition, distribution and drivers of subjective wellbeing across Europe and to encourage you to make full use of ESS data in advancing society’s understanding of these important issues.
The various sections of the site explore:
This section discusses why subjective wellbeing matters to researchers and policymakers and how surveys such as the ESS have an important role to play in understanding wellbeing.
This section presents an overview of the wide range of data available in the ESS with which to explore different aspects of wellbeing.
Three teams of experts explore the complex, multidimensional nature of both individual and societal wellbeing using ESS data.
Seven groups of experts from different fields explore a range of factors that may influence subjective wellbeing and how this varies across Europe.
The ESS is an academically driven cross-national survey that has been conducted every two years since 2002. It provides methodologically rigorous, comparative data about public attitudes and behaviour over time in more than 30 countries.
This site provides only a snapshot of the wealth of research examining Europeans’ wellbeing that has been made possible by the ESS. There is plenty of scope to explore the topic further using ESS data. To find out more about the survey, its methodology, topic coverage and the resources it has to offer, as well as to download the data for free, please visit the main ESS website:
The site has been produced in collaboration with leading experts on wellbeing in Europe, as well as prominent researchers in fields such as sociology, political science, psychology, demography and geography. Their expertise and input to this project, as well as their continued support of the ESS, is gratefully acknowledged. This site was made possible by funding from the UK Economic and Social Research Council. The site has been designed for the ESS by Blackwood Creative Ltd.
European Social Survey (2015) Measuring and Reporting on Europeans’ Wellbeing: Findings from the European Social Survey. [Online] Available from: www.esswellbeingmatters.org, accessed dd/mm/yy.
Name(s) of author(s) (2015) ‘Title of the contribution’. Measuring and Reporting on Europeans’ Wellbeing: Findings from the European Social Survey. [Online] Available from: www.esswellbeingmatters.org, accessed dd/mm/yy.
We hope that you enjoy exploring the site and finding out more about the different aspects of wellbeing covered by the ESS.
Elena Sommer, Sarah Butt and Lorna Ryan
Editorial Team, ESS ERIC HQ
City University London
The ESS is an academically driven cross-national survey that has been conducted every two years since 2002
The ESS provides methodologically rigorous, comparative data about public attitudes and behaviour over time in more than 30 countries