Information about the MOBILISE Project – For Protest Surveys (Ukraine)

Version 1; Date 23/02/2022

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Determinants of ‘Mobilization’ at Home & Abroad: Analyzing the Micro-Foundations of Out-Migration & Mass Protest

Participant Information Sheet (PIS) For Protest Surveys

You are being invited to take part in a Protest Survey as part of a larger research project. We are conducting a research on what people think about their life, politics and other important challenges facing [Ukraine/Poland/Morocco/Argentina/Belarus]. Before you decide whether to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being conducted and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully before deciding whether to take part and discuss it with others if you wish. Please ask if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

About the Research

Who will conduct the research?

We are a group of researchers from the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the Netherlands. Our project is funded by national science foundations under the Open Research Area Funding Scheme (

Our project is collaborative and is composed of four country teams:

  1. Gwendolyn Sasse (Zentrum für Osteuropa und internationale Studien, ZOiS/ Nuffield College, DPIR, University of Oxford) is Principle Investigator in Germany.
  2. Jacquelien Van Stekelenburg (Sociology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) is Principle Investigator in the Netherlands.
  3. Olga Onuch (School of Social Sciences, Humanities, University of Manchester) is Principle Investigator in the UK.
  4. Sorana Toma (Grande Ecole d’Economie et de la Statistique in Paris, ENSAE) is Principle Investigator in France.

What is the purpose of the research?

The MOBILISE project asks: When there is a discontent, why do some people protest while others cross borders? We examine: a) whether similar factors drive the choice to migrate and / or protest at the individual level; b) how context affects this mobilization; c) whether these choices are independent of each other or mutually reinforcing /undermining. MOBILISE employs a multi-method (nationally representative face-to-face panel surveys, online migrant surveys, protest participant surveys, focus groups, life-history interviews, social media analysis) and a multi-sited research design. It covers Ukraine, Poland, Morocco Argentina and Belarus, which have recently witnessed large-scale emigration and protests. It follows migrants from these countries to Germany, the UK and Spain.

You were chosen to participate in this survey because you have noted that you have participated / are participating in the ongoing protests or acts of support in reaction to the ongoing context following increased Russian military presence on the borders of Ukraine. You may have participated in Ukraine, abroad, in person or online. We expect to recruit 1000-2000 such participants.

Will the outcomes of the research be published?

Project outputs will be published in/as:

  1. a co-authored book;
  2. co-authored articles in scholarly peer-reviewed journals;
  3. three research-lead policy briefs for national and international policy-makers, connected to personal briefings for policy makers in London (Chatham House), Berlin (ZOiS), Washington (Carnegie, IOM), Brussels (EU institutions)
  4. three dissemination workshops for different academic and non-academic audiences at regular intervals throughout the project. The dissemination workshops will discuss the policy implications of our findings for political stability, democratization/regime change and development.
  5. We will also employ interactive formats of knowledge exchange between academic and non-academic communities including the publication of publicly available and accessible blogs (e.g. the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, The Conversation, Carnegie Europe’s Strategic Europe, ZOiS Spotlight)

Who has reviewed the research project?

This project has been reviewed by Open Research Area Committee and by separate committees/persons at the ESRC in the UK, DFG in Germany, ANR in France, and NWO in the Netherlands. This project also went through Ethics Review at The Vrije Universiteit, ZOiS, and The University of Manchester.

Who is funding the research project?

Our project is funded through the Open Research Area (ORA) Scheme with direct support from the ESRC in the UK, DFG in Germany, ANR in France and NWO in the Netherlands


What would my involvement be?

What would I be asked to do if I took part?

Protest Survey: You will participate in one 15-20 minute online survey.

Will I be compensated for taking part?

Protest Survey: You will not receive any payment or compensation for your time.

What happens if I do not want to take part or if I change my mind?

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part.  Please confirm by ticking the consent check box if you are happy to take part in this research. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time without giving a reason and without detriment to yourself. However, it will not be possible to remove your data from the project once parts or whole of the survey has been completed as it will be anonymised and we will not be able to identify your specific data. This does not affect your data protection rights. If you decide not to take part you do not need to do anything further. You are free to stop filling out the survey at any time and stop participating in the research.

Data Protection and Confidentiality


What information will you collect about me? 

In order to participate in this research project we will not collect any information that could identify you, called “personal identifiable information.”

Under what legal basis are you collecting this information?

We are collecting and storing all data in accordance with data protection laws which protect your rights.  These state that we must have a legal basis (specific reason) for collecting your data. For this study, the specific reason is that it is “a public interest task” and “a process necessary for research purposes.”

What are my rights in relation to the information you will collect about me?

You have a number of rights under data protection law regarding your personal information. For example, you can request a copy of the information we hold about you, including audio recordings.

Will my participation in the study be confidential and my personal identifiable information be protected? 

In accordance with data protection law ZoiS, ENSAE, the Vrije Universiteit and the University of Manchester are the Data Controllers for this project. This means that we are responsible for making sure your personal information is kept secure, confidential and used only in the way you have been told it will be used. All researchers are trained with this in mind, and your data will be looked after in the following way: Only the MOBILISE research team will have access to your personal information, but they will anonymise it as soon as possible. Any identifiable data will be anonymised as soon as the objectives of the project allow. Once anonymised we will store this data for 5 years.  Participants will be provided with an assigned ID number only known to the research team. Thus, the data will be pseudonymised.  All data will be digitized, encrypted, password protected and held on secure university servers. These data will be transferred between local partners and ZoiS, ENSAE, the Vrije Universiteit and the University of Manchester employing secure VPN connections and/or encrypted devices. The data will be stored throughout the duration of the project and the fully anonymized data will be deposited in the UK Data Archive. Thus, when you agree to take part in a research study, the information you provide may be shared with researchers running other research studies. The future research will be of a similar nature to this research project and will concern Political Science or Sociology. This information will not identify you and will not be combined with other information in a way that could identify you. The information will only be used for the purpose of research and cannot be used to contact you regarding any other matter.

Please also note that individuals from ZoiS, ENSAE, the Vrije Universiteit and the University of Manchester or regulatory authorities may need to look at the data collected for this study to make sure the project is being carried out as planned. This may involve looking at identifiable data. All individuals involved in auditing and monitoring the study will have a strict duty of confidentiality to you as a research participant.

What if I have a complaint?

Contact details for complaints

If you have a complaint that you wish to direct to members of the research team, please contact:

Contact Details

If you have any queries about the study or if you are interested in taking part then please contact the researcher(s)