ESS Researcher
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phone: 93.542.1160


Diana represents RECSM-UPF at the Core Scientific Team (CST) and at the Translation Expert Task Group of the European Social Survey (ESS). She has participated in the design and evaluation of the questionnaire of the ESS Round 6. She is currently doing her Ph.D. on quality of survey data, analysing the effects of minority languages in the reliability and validity of cross-cultural survey data. She is also working on a measurement instrument for political radicalism. At RECSM she has also collaborated with Catalan survey agencies consulting in survey methodology.

In her previous experience, she coordinated the electoral surveys of a national newspaper for the 2006's Mexican presidential election. She collaborated as public opinion consultant at Mexican Senate. Diana has been consultant for World Health Organization (WHO) Barcelona Office on several projects in Turkey and Spain.

Her research interests are survey methodology, MTMM experiments, structural equation modelling and questionnaire design. She is also interested in religious pluralism, identity politics and political radicalism.

Most important publications over the last 5 years:

Zavala Rojas, D. (2010) "State orthodoxy versus religious freedom? The case for religious education in Norway and Turkey". RECSM Working Paper 18.

Zavala Rojas, D. (2010), "KEE-Bank of the Spanish Health System in Catalonia", WHO/Euro.

Zavala Rojas, D. (2008) "Friends and Neighbours: Political Economy of Sovereign Debt and Bilateral Aid (1970-1994)", ITAM: México.

Most recent research projects:

Synergies for Europe's Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences (SERISS), (2015-2019). Funding: Horizon 2020-European Commission.

European Social Survey- ERIC (ESS-ERIC), (2015-2017). 

"European Social Survey Round 5.  Funded by the European Commission.  Under the supervision of Prof. Willem E. Saris.