Mobile Apps and Sensors in Surveys


22 - 23 June 2023
University of Manchester

2023 (materials)

The fourth MASS workshop was held on June 22 & 23, in Manchester, UK, and hosted by the University of Manchester.

Please find the programme of events below.Presentation titles with links lead to the slides which were presented at the workshop.

Videos of the keynotes by Helen Nissenbaum and Kate Cagney can be found below.


Thursday 22 June
9:00 Opening and welcome
9:30 Session 1: Accelerometers
Joris Mulder, Seyit Hocuk, Pradeep Kumar (Centerdata – Tilburg University, The Netherlands), Alberto Zezza & Talip Kilic (The World Bank, United Nations)
Mick P. Couper (University of Michigan) and Annette Jäckle (University of Essex)
Fabio Franzese (SHARE)
10:30 Break
11:00 Session 2: Recruitment for MASS studies
Danielle Remmerswaal (Utrecht University & Statistics Netherlands)
Johannes Weber, Stefan Hubrich, Rico Wittwer & Regine Gerike (Technische Universität Dresden)
Non-Random vs. Register-Based Random Sampling during SARS-CoV-2 – Findings from Two Travel Surveys by Smartphone App in Dresden, Germany
Annette Jäckle (University of Essex), Jonathan Burton (University of Essex), and Mick P. Couper (University of Michigan)
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Session 3: Web tracking, smart meters
Oriol J. Bosch (Department of Methodology, The London School of Economics and Political Science), Melanie Revilla (Institut Barcelona Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)), Patrick Sturgis and Jouni Kuha (Department of Methodology, The London School of Economics and Political Science)
Alexander Wenz, Florian Keusch & Ruben L. Bach (University of Mannheim)
Alexandru Cernat (University of Manchester), Florian Keusch (Mannheim University), Ruben Bach (Mannheim University) & Paulina K. Pankowska (Utrecht University)
14:00 Session 4: Participation
Yannick Roos ( Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg, Germany), Michael D. Krämer, David Richer & Cornelia Wrzus (German Institute for Economic Research, Germany, International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE), GermanyFreie Universität Berlin, Germany),
Annette Jäckle (University of Essex), Jonathan Burton (University of Essex), Mick P. Couper (University of Michigan), and Brienna Perelli-Harris (University of Southampton).
14:40 Break
15:30 Keynote 1: Helen Nissenbaum (Cornell Tech)
16:30 End of day 1
17:30 Social activity (at own expense)
19:00 Dinner
Friday 23 June
9:20 Session 5: Wearables
Ritika Chaturvedi, Marco Angrisani (University of Southern California) & Mick Couper (University of Michigan)
Collecting Person-Generated Health Data in a Population-Representative Panel
Kristin Manz, Susanne Krug , Charlotte Kühnelt & Julika Loss (Robert Koch Institute)
Usage of wearables to collect health-related data and willingness to donate these data for research purposes – Results of a nationwide survey among adults living in Germany
Arie Kapteyn (Center for Economic and Social Research, University of Southern California), Htay-Wah Saw (Center for Economic and Social Research, University of Southern California & Michigan Program in Survey and Data Science (MPSDS), University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) & Bas Weerman (Center for Economic and Social Research, University of Southern California)
10:30 Break
11:00 Session 6: App design
Ricardo González (LEAS at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez), Dörte Naber (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences), Adolfo Fuentes (University of Edinburgh & LEAS at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez)
Motivations and barriers to survey participation in a smartphone-based travel app study: Evidence from in-depth interviews in Chile
Laurel Fish (University College London
Using an Innovative Smartphone App (BabySteps) for Data Collection and Participant Engagement on a Large-scale Birth Cohort Study
Barry Schouten & Anne Elevelt (Statistics Netherlands
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Keynote 2: Kate Cagney (University of Michigan)
The Promise of Activity Space Approaches: Urban/Rural Comparisons and Implications for Research on Context
14:00 Break
14:20 Session 7: Geolocation data
Peter van der Mede (Dat.Mobility)
Liang Cai (University of Chicago), Christopher Browning (Ohio State University), Kathleen Cagney (University of Michigan)
Caroline Winkler, Adrian Meister, Dr. Basil Schmid, Prof. Dr. Kay W. Axhausen (Institute for Transport Planning and Systems, ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Danielle McCool (Utrecht University/Statistics Netherlands), Barry Schouten (Statistics Netherlands & Utrecht University), Peter Lugtig (Utrecht University)
Imputing missing mobility data in the 2018 Smartphone Travel Diary Study
15:40 Break
16:00 Session 8: improving social data with new types of data
Jan Karem Höhne (DZHW; University of Hannover), Timo Lenzner (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences), Konstantin Gavras (Nesto Software GmbH)
Innovating web probing: Comparing written and oral answers to open-ended probing questions in a smartphone survey
Laura Boeschoten , Rense Corten (Utrecht University), Stein Jongerius, Joris Mulder (Centerdata, Tilburg University), Adrienne Mendrik (EYRA),
Emiel van der Veen (Eyra), Arnoud Wijnant (Centerdata), Bella Struminskaya (Utrecht University)
Digital trace data collection from WhatsApp through data donation
16:40 Closing session
17:00 End of workshop