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News and updates from the WVSA network: April 2018
WVS7 Survey Round: Work in Progress & Call for the New Teams
The World Values Survey Association continues implementation of the 7th survey round. As of today, WVS7 survey has been completed in 15 countries; 12 more are about to accomplish the fieldwork within the next few weeks.

As we have now reached the middle of WVS wave 7, we announce the list of countries which are not part of the WVS7 round so far. Universities and all types of social research institutions interested in cooperation with the WVSA and willing to organize WVS7 in their respective country are sincerely invited to submit your expressions of interest:
Latin America: Venezuela, Paraguay, Guyana, Suriname, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Panama.
Middle East: Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, Israel.
Africa: Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Niger, Cameroon and others.
Asia: Cambodia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Singapore, Afghanistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Myanmar.
WVS7: Stories of Success
WVSA team in Romania completed WVS7 survey fieldwork! A national-representative survey with the sample size N=1200 took place in January-February, 2018 and was organized under the coordination of Bogdan Voicu (Romanian Academy, Research Institute for Quality of Life), Claudiu Tufiș (University of Bucharest), and Mircea Comșa (Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca). 
New book by Ronald Inglehart published bow:
"Cultural Evolution" (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
"Cultural Evolution" presents a new version of modernization theory that explains the rise of environmentalist parties, gender equality and same-sex marriage— and the current reaction producing Trump, British exit from Europe, and France's National Front.  It argues that people’s values and behavior are shaped by the degree to which survival is secure. For most of history, survival was precarious and people emphasized strong in-group solidarity, rejection of outsiders and obedience to strong leaders. 
For under extreme scarcity, xenophobia is realistic: if there is just enough land to support one tribe and another tribe tries to claim it, survival may literally be a choice between Us and Them. Conversely, high levels of existential security encourage openness to change, diversity and new ideas.  The unprecedented prosperity and security of the postwar era brought cultural change, the environmentalist movement and the spread of democracy.  In recent decades, diminishing job security and rising inequality have led to an authoritarian reaction.
Juan Diez-Nicolas elected into the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences!

Professor Juan Díez Nicolás, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the WVSA, has been elected as member (medal 26) of the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, one of the oldest and most reputed Royal Academies in Spain. He read a dissertation on "Globalization: The Process of Expansion of Social Systems". On the basis of the social ecosystem theory he explained that human populations, contrary to plants and animals, always have adapted to their environment through culture.

In this process of adaptation technology has always been the main factor of change, mainly through innovations in transportation and communication, which have expanded the environment and consequently social systems. At present, globalization is becoming planetary for the first time in History, and that includes economic and political organizations, and also globalization of values systems, as data from the World Values Surveys confirms.
Chris Welzel becomes the Supervisor of the LCSR-HSE!
In April 2018, WVSA Vice-President Professor Christian Welzel became the new Chief Scientific Advisor of the Laboratory of Comparative Social Research (LCSR) at the National Research University - Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. Moving from the LCSR's Deputy to its Chief Scientific Advisor, Welzel follows WVS Founding President Professor Ronald Inglehart in this position who has held it since 2011. The domestic directorship of the LCSR remains in the hands of the WVSA EC-member Professor Eduard Ponarin. During the annual April conference at the LCSR, Christian Welzel was also awarded HSE MedalThe Contribution to Science and Education Award, established by the HSE, recognises outstanding contributions to academic development and international academic cooperation. 
The LCSR has been founded by Ponarin, Inglehart and Welzel in 2011 and is a successful training and learning facility for young researchers in comparative social research in Russia. The LCSR is closely associated to the WVSA and operates as its research and capacity building centre in the post-Soviet space. The LCSR has recently released Russian translations of the book "The Birth of Freedom" by Christian Welzel and "Cultural Evolution" by Ronald Inglehart (Foto: LCSR).
Pippa Norris elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Members of the WVSA Executive Committee Professor at Harvard University and the University of Sydney Pippa Norris has been elected as a new member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Pippa Norris focuses her work on democracy and democratization, public opinion and elections, political communications, and gender politics. 
She directs the Electoral Integrity Project, established in 2012 with a team based at Sydney and Harvard. Her major honors include the 2014 Karl Deutsch Award, awarded by the International Political Science Association. Her contribution to political science was recognized with the prestigious Johan Skytte Prize which she was awarded (with Ronald Inglehart) in 2011.
WVSA President Professor Christian Haerpfer gives overview of WVS6 and first WVS7 findings
President of the WVSA and Director of Eurasia Barometer Professor Christian Haerpfer presents WVS research program and speaks about the levels of identity formation at the round table on "Contexts of identity formation in the post-modern era: The impact of the ‘relational self’ on a true dialogue of civilizations" organized by the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute on April, 25 in Berlin, Germany.
WVSA releases WVS-6 report on
"Social Values and Attitudes in the MENA Region" (2012-2014)
The World Values Survey Association releases WVS-6 report on "Social Values and Attitudes in the MENA Region". Report is based on the WVS (2012-2014) survey data collected in 12 countries and societies in the Middle East. Project has been implemented with the support of Silatech Foundation (Qatar) and Economic Research Forum (Egypt). WVS wave 7 begins in the Middle East in Summer 2018.
The production of the report has been supervised by Bi Puranen (Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm, Sweden), Secretary-General of the WVSA, and Fares Braizat (NAMA Strategic Intelligence Solutions, Amman, Jordan), member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the WVSA.
Join WVSA at Conferences this Summer 2018!
WAPOR 71st annual conference (Marrakesh, Morocco, June 27-30, 2018): WVSA thematic panel "Comparative Survey Analysis Using WVS Data: Social Challenges and Global Value Shifts" will take place at 10:45-12:00 on Friday, June, 29. Meet us also at the poster session on Friday, June, 29 from 12:00 to 13:30!
25th IPSA World Congress of Political Science (Brisbane, Australia, July 21-25, 2018): WVS thematic session on "Values, Attitudes and Stereotypes: New Findings from the World Values Survey" as well as 15 other exciting panels organized by the WVSA-associated RC17! Additional activities: WVSA working meeting and WVSA welcome reception! 
XIX ISA Congress of Sociology (Toronto, Canada, July 15-21, 2018): two WVSA thematic panels entitled "Significance of Population Values, Norms and Stereotypes for Social and Political Development of Societies: Evidence from the WVS" will take place at 08:30-10:20 on July, 17 and at 10:30-12:20 on July, 18!
General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (Hamburg, Germany, August 22-25, 2018): thematic panel on "Political Values and Norms Shaping Political Behaviour: Evidence from Comparative Social Research"!
APSA Annual Meeting (Boston, USA, August 30-September 2, 2018): thematic panel on "Democracy Facing the Challenges of the 21st Century: New Evidence from Comparative Survey Research" with 4 presentations by the WVS scholars from the USA, South Africa, Brazil, and Austria!
New citation format introduced by the WVSA

We would like to attract your attention to the new rules for citation of the WVS data-set when using it. WVS data brought to you in free access is the result of work of a great number of scholars and survey researchers, and we believe their efforts should be acknowledged. When making a publication, please, make sure that it includes a proper citation/ reference to the WVSA data-base as listed below. 

Citation format for WVS-6 (2011-2014) data-set:

Inglehart, R., C. Haerpfer, A. Moreno, C. Welzel, K. Kizilova, J. Diez-Medrano, M. Lagos, P. Norris, E. Ponarin & B. Puranen et al. (eds.). 2014. World Values Survey: Round Six - Country-Pooled Datafile Version: Madrid: JD Systems Institute.

Citation format for the aggregated (1981-2014) WVS data-file:

Inglehart, R., C. Haerpfer, A. Moreno, C. Welzel, K. Kizilova, J. Diez-Medrano, M. Lagos, P. Norris, E. Ponarin & B. Puranen et al. (eds.). 2014. World Values Survey: All Rounds - Country-Pooled Datafile Version: Madrid: JD Systems Institute.

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