After a series of annual workshop sessions, since 1999 ECSR has organized a yearly Spring or Summer School.


On 25–29 March 2019, jointly with the Collegio Carlo Alberto and NASP, the ECSR organized a Spring School.

New and Old Data: Cutting-edge Approaches to Quantitative Social Research

Collegio Carlo Alberto, Piazza Vincenzo Albarello 8, Turin, Italy

The topic for the seventh edition of the ECSR Spring School was “New and Old Data. Cutting-Edge Approaches to Quantitative Social Research”. The School was promoted by the European Consortium of Sociological Research (ECSR), Collegio Carlo Alberto and by the universities of Milan and Turin in the frame of the NASP, Network for the Advancement in Social and Political Studies. It provided high-quality training on the new frontiers of quantitative social research, including computational sociology, network analysis, register data, historical archives data and field experiments. The focus of the school was on the challenges coming from the new data sources and from the related techniques to the standard approach of empirical sociological research, still predominantly based on the estimation of regression-type models on survey data.

The School was organized by Gabriele Ballarino (University of Milan), Fabrizio Bernardi (European University Institute) and Filippo Barbera (Collegio Carlo Alberto and University of Turin).

Lectures were given and presentations discussed by Guido Alfani (Bocconi University), Gabriele Ballarino, Fabrizio Bernardi, Federico Bianchi (University of Brescia), Gunn Birkelund (University of Oslo), Stefano Cantalini (University of Milan), Diego Gambetta (Collegio Carlo Alberto), Martin Hällsten (University of Stockholm), Krzysztof Krakowski (European University Institute), Nazareno Panichella (University of Milan), Wojtek Przepiorka (University of Utrecht), Flaminio Squazzoni (University of Milan), Arnout van de Rijt (Utrecht University) and Sonja Vogt (University of Bern).

Applications had to be sent by e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before 17 February 2019, and had to include
a) an abstract of the paper that will be presented (up to 500 words);
b) a short summary of PhD thesis project or of current research (up to 3 pages);
c) a brief CV (one page).
Priority in admission was given to students from institutions that belong to the ECSR. Admission to the School was free of charge. Admitted students were provided with hotel accommodation, all lunches and the social dinner. Other dinners and travel expenses to and from Turin were not covered.


Former Spring Schools