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Caroline Roberts

Assistant Prof. UNIL
Office 5548
+41 (0)21 692 38 53
Languages: English, French, German, Italian


Caroline Roberts is Assistant Professor in Survey Methodology in the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lausanne. She teaches courses on survey research methods and questionnaire design for the MA in Public Opinion and Survey Methodology, and quantitative methods for undergraduates. She has a PhD in Social Psychology and a MSc in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics and Political Science.  Prior to working at UNIL, she worked at the LSE, the UK’s Office for National Statistics, City University London, and Stanford University.


Caroline Roberts is an expert in survey methodology, questionnaire design and the measurement of public opinion. She has worked in the coordinating teams of a number of large-scale surveys, including the European Social Survey and the American National Election Studies, and has extensive experience in the design and implementation of methodological research investigating influences on the quality of survey data.  Her research interests relate to the measurement and reduction of different types of survey error.



Roberts, C., and Vandenplas, C. 2017. Estimating components of mean-squared error to evaluate the benefits of mixing data collection modes. Journal of Official Statistics, 33(2): 1-33.


Roberts, C. 2016. Response styles in surveys: understanding their causes and mitigating their impact on data quality. In C.Wolf, D. Joye, T.W. Smith, and Y-C. Fu 2016. The Sage Handbook of Survey Methodology.  London: Sage Publications.

Oris, M., Roberts, C., Joye, D., and Ernst Stähli, M. (Eds.) 2016. Surveying human vulnerabilities across the Life Course.  Springer ‘Life Course Research and Social Policies’ series.

Oris, M., Roberts, C., Joye, D., and Ernst Stähli, M. 2016. Surveying human vulnerabilities across the Life Course: Balancing substantive and methodological challenges. In M. Oris, C. Roberts, D. Joye, and M. Ernst Stähli. (Eds.) Surveying human vulnerabilities across the Life Course.  Springer ‘Life Course Research and Social Policies’ series.


Lipps, O., Pekari, N., and Roberts, C. 2015. Undercoverage and nonresponse in a list-sampled telephone election study. Survey Research Methods, 9(2): 71-82.


Roberts, C., Vandenplas, C., and Ernst Staehli, M. 2014. Evaluating the impact of response enhancement methods on the risk of nonresponse bias and survey costs. Survey Research Methods, 8(2): 67-80.

Roberts, C., Allum, N., and Sturgis, P. 2014. Non-response and Measurement error in an online panel: Does additional effort to recruit reluctant respondents result in poorer quality data?  In M. Callegaro, R. Baker, J. Bethlehem, A.S. Göritz, J.A. Krosnick and P.J. Lavrakas (Eds.) Online Panel Research: A Data Quality Perspective. Wiley, Survey Methodology Series.


Sturgis, P., Roberts, C. and Smith, P. 2012. Middle alternatives revisited: How the neither/nor response acts as a ‘face-saving’ way of saying ‘I don’t know’. Sociological Methods and Research, 43(1): 15-38.


Jäckle, A., Roberts, C. and Lynn, P. 2010. Assessing the Effect of Data Collection Mode on Measurement. International Statistical Review, vol. 78(1), 3-20.

Roberts, C. 2010. Measuring social attitudes.  In M. Bulmer, J. Gibbs and L. Hyman (Eds.) Social measurement through social surveys: An applied approach.  Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing.


Roberts, C. 2008. Introduction to attitude measurement. In Roberts, C., and Jowell, R. (Eds.) Attitude Measurement – Four volume set.  London: Sage Publications.

Roberts, C. and Jowell, R. 2008. Attitude Measurement – Four volume set.  London: Sage Publications.


Roberts, C. 2007. Information, involvement and identity: a social psychological investigation into British attitudes towards the Euro. Thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. London: London School of Economics and Political Science.


Sturgis, P., Roberts, C. and Allum, N. 2005. A Different Take on the Deliberative Poll: Information, Deliberation and Attitude Constraint. Public Opinion Quarterly, 69(1), 30-65.


Rickards, L., Fox, K., Roberts, C. and Fletcher, L. 2004. Living in Britain – Report of the General Household Survey.  London: TSO.


Roberts, C., Peay, J. and Eastman, N. 2002. Mental health professionals’ attitudes towards legal compulsion in England and Wales:  Report of a national survey.  International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, Vol. 1 (1), 71-83.


Peay, J., Roberts, C. and Eastman, N. 2001. Legal knowledge of mental health professionals: Report of a national survey. Journal of Mental Health Law, June 2001, 44-55.

Morgan, M., Roberts, C. and Powdrill, P. 2001. More money than sense? Investigating student money management. In A.J. Scott, A. Lewis and S.E.G. Lea (eds.) Student Debt: the causes and consequences of undergraduate borrowing in the UK. Bristol: The Policy Press.