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Elena Sommer has been at City University London, working for the European Social Survey (ESS) as a member of the Core Scientific Team, since August 2014. Prior to joining the ESS team she has worked in Germany at the Gerontology Institute, University of Vechta, and at the Geography Institute, University of Bremen. She has an MA degree in Geography from University of Cologne.

Elena is mainly working in a Horizon 2020 funded project ‘Synergies for Europe’s Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences’ (SERISS). SERISS is a collaborative, cross-national project involving six social sciences research infrastructures representing data users and data producers across Europe. Elena is involved in various tasks within the SERISS project amongst which is, for example, design and implementation of the first cross-national probability based web panel CRONOS.

Elena’s research interests are survey methodology, questionnaire design, migration studies and social networks analysis.


Chapters (4)

  1. Sommer, and Vogel, C. (2016). Intergenerational Solidarity in Migrant Families from the Former Soviet Union: Comparing Migrants Whose Parents Live in Germany to Migrants with Parents Abroad. In Horn, V. and Schweppe, C. (Eds.), Transnational Ageing Current Insights and Future Challenges (pp. 45–63). New York and London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-79070-4.
  2. Sommer, and Gamper, M. (2015). Sozialkapital und transnationale unternehmerische Tätigkeiten. Der Fall selbständiger russischsprachiger Migranten. In Kaiser, M. and Schönhuth, M. (Eds.), Zuhause? Fremd? Migrations- und Beheimatungsstrategien zwischen Deutschland und Eurasien (pp. 119–148). Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, Roswitha Gost, Sigrid Nokel u. Dr. Karin Werner. ISBN 978-3-8376-2926-2.
  3. Sommer, (2011). "Unauffällige“ russischsprachige Selbständige. In Hillmann, F. (Ed.), Marginale Urbanität: Migrantisches Unternehmertum und Stadtentwicklung (pp. 131–154). Bielefeld: transcript Verlag. ISBN 978-3-8394-1938-0.
  4. Hillmann, F. and Sommer, E. (2011). Döner und Bulette revisited oder: was man über migrantische Ökonomien genau wissen kann. In Hillmann, F. (Ed.), Marginale Urbanität: Migrantisches Unternehmertum und Stadtentwicklung (pp. 23–86). Bielefeld: transcript Verlag. ISBN 978-3-8394-1938-0.

Journal articles (3)

  1. Kuyper, L., Sommer, E. and Butt, S. (2017). Gender Gaps in the Measurement of Public Opinion About Homosexuality in Cross-national Surveys: A Question-Wording Experiment. International Journal of Public Opinion Research. doi:10.1093/ijpor/edx019.
  2. Sommer, E. and Gamper, M. (2017). Transnational entrepreneurial activities: A qualitative network study of self-employed migrants from the former Soviet Union in Germany. Social Networks. doi:10.1016/j.socnet.2017.04.007.
  3. Vogel, C. and Sommer, E. (2013). Financial Transfers Between Adult Children and Parents in Migrant Families From The Former Soviet Union. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 44(6), pp. 783–796.