European Values Study

What do the Portuguese think about work? And the Dutch about family? What do the French defend in relation to religion? These and many other questions are answered by the European Values Study (EVS), one of the oldest studies of attitudes and values carried out in Europe, which allows us to understand the beliefs, preferences, attitudes, values, and opinions of citizens across Europe.

A unique project in terms of monitoring and mapping values in Europe, the EVS gathers a very rich amount of information in the most diverse areas (politics, life in society, issues related to the perception of well-being and happiness, morality, migratory movements, the role of the Welfare State, social networks, climate change, among others) and allows us to draw a profile for each country; to find out what brings us closer and what distances us from citizens of other European countries; and to identify and compare trends in stability or change in the last three decades in Portugal and in other European countries. It is therefore a study that can interest a very wide audience, ranging from academia to policy makers, including teachers, students from different levels of education, journalists and the general public.

34 countries participated in the fifth edition of the European Values Study, now presented. In Portugal, it was coordinated by researchers from the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Pedro Magalhães and Alice Ramos, and had the financial support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the “la Caixa” Foundation and the Foundation for Science and Technology.






Presentation of the StudyAlice Ramos e Pedro Magalhães
Presentation of the Policy briefRaquel Vaz-Pinto
DebateAlexandre Homem Cristo, Edalina Sanches, Margarida Gaspar de Matos, Rui Tavares, Miguel Poiares Maduro (Moderation)



Alice Ramos, PhD in Sociology, is a researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon. Her research interests have been focused on two main lines of research: a) the impact of the articulation between individual factors (values and attitudes) and social structures in the development of discriminatory attitudes, especially vis-à-vis immigrants and refugees, in a multilevel perspective ; b) trans-national and longitudinal methodologies. She has recently started a research line dedicated to the study of the formation of values and discriminatory attitudes in childhood and adolescence.

She is, since January 2018, National Coordinator of the European Social Survey-ERIC and the European Values Study.

Together with Jorge Vala and Cicero Pereira, she founded the Summer School of Advanced Methods in Data Analysis at ICS-ULisboa in 2009 and is currently Coordinator of ICS’s Summer/Winter Schools.


Pedro Magalhães is Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon. His research interests include public opinion, political attitudes, electoral behaviour and judicial politics. He obtained his Ph.D in Political Science at The Ohio State University in 2003.



Find out more about the presentation of the study, its programme and speakers.

Updated on 01 february 2022

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