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[ecrea] CFP World Association for Public Opinion Research Marrakesh

Mon Jan 01 12:15:11 GMT 2018

27-30 June 2018 ; Marrakesh, Morocco

Call for Proposals

Submission Deadline: Friday, 5 January 2018

Submission website:

The World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) will hold its

71st Annual Conference 27-30 June 2018 in Marrakesh, Morocco. The

conference committee welcomes proposals on topics related to public

opinion broadly, especially those related to the conference theme.

Public Opinion Research in a Changing World

The political and technological environment in which public opinion research

operates has experienced dramatic changes in the past few years. Politically, we

have witnessed unrest and wars in many parts of the world, a rise of populism and

anti-immigration sentiments in large parts of the Western World, and the threat of

escalation in the Korean Peninsula. In situations where public opinion is evenly

divided, it has been very difficult for pollsters to accurately predict the final results,

like in the UK election of 2015 and the Brexit referendum of 2016, the US 2016

presidential elections and the Israeli 2015 elections. Recent technological

developments in the modes of communication – spread of cellular phones and of the

internet for example -- present new challenges – and offer new possibilities -- to

survey research. Alternate indicators to polling appear, including indicators from

citizens' activities in online social networks and indicators of their online

information seeking. In light of these technological and political changes,

traditional public opinion research faces many opportunities and challenges.

WAPOR welcomes paper and panel proposals that deal with these issues, namely

questions relating to how public opinion operates – and can be measured -- in these

changing environments and how it should operate in order to better serve society.

WAPOR welcomes relevant submissions that focus on all aspects of public opinion.

These topics include, but are not restricted to:

*             Methodological challenges and improvements, including in the areas of

sampling, measurement, survey design and survey response or non-response

*             Challenges of comparative research and International Survey Projects,

cross-cultural concerns in data collection and measurement issues

*             New sources of information on public opinion and the use of social media to

voice public opinion

*             News, media, journalism and public opinion

*             Political behavior, participation and culture

*             Electoral polls in emerging/incomplete democracies

*             Social media, big data, sentiment analysis, and emerging technologies

Submission Process

Proposals for the conference should be submitted electronically by January 5th,

2018. Only proposals submitted through this website will be considered.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words. All submissions must be in English, and all

accepted works are to be presented in English. WAPOR will accept two types of


Individual Research Proposals generally include a description of the research

project with specific research questions or hypotheses, methods and results, if

available at the time of submission.

Most individual research papers will be presented orally in a regular session format.

However, we wish to explore the possibility of having a poster session at the

Marrakesh conference. The poster session is intended to serve participants who

prefer this format for various reasons. The submission system will ask submitters to

indicate whether they prefer to give an oral presentation or present their work at the

poster session.

Panel Proposals typically comprise four or five presentations around a common

theme. The submission of panel proposals requires that:

*             (1) The panel organizer submits an "overview proposal” and selects

“PANEL” as the type of submission. This submission should be titled

"PANEL: [name of proposed session]". The organizer will be asked to

provide the names and emails of authors and their respective paper titles

together with the panel description. Upon submission, the panel will be

assigned a Panel ID number. That number must be used by those submitting

abstracts as part of the panel. This panel submission must be

done BEFORE the separate abstracts are submitted. The panel organizer is

responsible for providing the panel id number to each presenter.


*             (2) Each presenter must submit his/her own individual abstract online (as

above, for individual research proposals). When submitting their abstract,

individual presenters need to enter the Panel ID number provided by the

panel submitter.

In order for a panel to be accepted, at least three of the individual papers must be

accepted. If not, accepted proposals will be assigned to a different session.

Submitters should receive a system-generated email confirmation of their

submission within 24 hours. If this confirmation does not arrive, submitters

should log back on to the site to verify that their proposal was submitted

correctly in the system. All submitters will be notified of the conference

committee’s decision in February 2018.

More information can be found on our website at:

Questions about the conference should be directed to WAPOR Executive

Coordinator Renae Reis ((renae /at/ <mailto:(renae /at/>).

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