Institute for Social Studies (ISS), University of Warsaw

The Institute for Social Studies was established in January 1991 as an independent research unit of the University of Warsaw. Most senior members of the Institute staff hold permanent appointments in University of Warsaw departments. The ISS is affiliated with the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, and is a member of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

ISS is an interdisciplinary research-oriented institution, bringing together sociologists, psychologists, economists and political scientists. Research and training activities are undertaken by the Center for Sociological Research, the Center for Psychological Research, the Center for Economic Research, the Center for Complex Systems, and the Unit for Survey Research Methodology.

ISS staff research interests cover a broad field of social, economic and political phenomena from various theoretical and empirical standpoints. The institute conducts both the Polish General Social Survey (PGSS) and the ISSP. Other national studies focus on the transition period in Poland; international collaborations have researched prejudice, social justice and values.