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Saris, W. E.

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Willem E. Saris
RECSM, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Prof. Saris studied Sociology at the University of Utrecht and received his PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam in 1979. He became Full Professor in Political Sciences in 1983, specializing in the methodology of the social sciences. He has taught at the University of Amsterdam (1983-2006), the ESADE School of Business (2005-2009), and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (since 2009). His main specializations are structural equation modelling and the methodology of survey research, fields in which he has published extensively. As a member of the central coordinating team of the European Social Survey he became laureate of the Descartes Research Prize in 2005 for the best scientific collaborative research. In 2009 he received the Helen Dinerman award from the World Association of Public Opinion Research (WAPOR), in recognition to his lifelong contributions to the methodology of public opinion research. In 2011 he received the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Debrecen in Hungary. He is a founding member of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA), of which he was president between 2005 and 2011.

Prof. Dr. Willem E. Saris, founder and Senior Researcher of RECSM was awarded the European Survey Research Association's "2013 Outstanding Service Prize" at ESRA's last Conference that took place in Ljubljana, on July 2013. The award is intended to acknowledge sustained and high level contributions of a methodological, substantive, or infrastructural nature.

Willem E. Saris together with Daniel Oberski was awarded the prestigious American Association for Public Opinion Research's Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award 2014 for the Survey Quality Predictor (SQP 2.0) and its Contribution to the Improving Questionnaire Design.

Data has been last edited on Sep 23 2015