Chairperson and Managing Director
The Gallup Organisation Europe
At present, Robert is responsible for the 3rd European Company Survey (Eurofound), The Enterprise Survey in the Middle East and Africa for the World Bank and just completed The European Union Fundamental Rights Agency’s research on experiences and attitudes of Roma across the EU whilst carrying out the EU survey on discrimination and victimisation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. He is also developing the European Commission’s survey to measure the level and impact of Crimes against Businesses.
Among on-going activities, Robert continues to develop two key programmes: The Balkan Monitor – based on pioneering surveys throughout the Western Balkans, is a one-stop shop that delivers strategic insights using evidence-based social research; and the Soul of the City allows local authorities to measure and track a city’s political, economic and social well-being, thus help stakeholders foster economic development and multiculturalism and learn how to bring more satisfaction to urban dwellers, as well as, provide timely in-depth analysis of residents’ thoughts and perceptions.
Robert continues to explore opportunities for effective pan-European survey assessment methods. He is also the Coordinator of the International Consortium for the European Crime, Safety and Well-being Survey and the Head of the European Observatory of Human Safety and Security. In 2006, he was responsible for carrying-out the European Working Conditions Survey, a 33-country face-to-face survey. Robert was leading the European Commission’s Candidate Countries Eurobarometer (2001-2004) and the Flash Eurobarometer, Europe’s largest on-going survey measurement project, serving the information needs of European public policy-makers (2006-2011).
As a social scientist, Robert Manchin began his career at the Institute of Sociology at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, where he was the principal investigator on various projects regarding value orientation, private entrepreneurship, life-course analysis, and methodology. Between 1982 and 1986, he was visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught demography and research methods.
As a consultant, Robert worked with various international organisations in the field of evidence- based policy research. He co-authored a number of books and published several articles in social science journals on social indicators, subjective well-being, quality of life, social stratification, urban and regional development, urban social policy and housing. In 1988, he co-authored Socialist Entrepreneurs: Embourgeoisement in Rural Hungary, University of Wisconsin Press.
Robert Manchin is a Trustee of the Brussels-based think-tank Friends of Europe, a member of the Editorial Board of Europe's World, the President of a Hungarian NGO for a Smoke-free Environment, the Chairperson of the Europa Nova Foundation and also the President of the Philip Stone Centre for Applied Social Research in Croatia.
Robert is member of ESOMAR and WAPOR.