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About Us

Welcome to the website of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research!

The Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR) was established within the Higher School of Economics, a National Research University, in November 2010, when professors Ronald Inglehart and Eduard Ponarin were awarded a mega-grant by the government of the Russian Federation. According to Resolution No. 220, the purpose of the grant is ‘to attract leading scientists to Russian institutions of higher learning’ (contract number 11.G34.31.0024; purpose: economics, sociology, and international research).

The LCSR aims at developing rigorous quantitative and comparative (cross-country and cross-regional) studies in Russian social science. The joint effort of international and Russian scholars within the Laboratory will bring comparative sociology in the Higher School of Economics to the forefront of international research. The focus of research will be on comparative studies of social change – the analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal data.


Dec 1 2014–Jan 15

CALL for the LCSR Network

Deadline for applications is January, 15, 2015.


Jan 26–Feb 9

Master Programs Olympiad

How to get admitted to the program International Master in Comparative Social Research?


Jan 29 17:00

January, 29 — regular seminar

Topic: “Social and Demographic Challenges in the Modern Russian Frontier: Mortality Threats”
Speakers: Anna Nemirovskaya (LCSR, Senior Research Fellow) and Vladimir Kozlov (associate professor, Department of Demographics, NRU HSE)


Apr 6–10

Fifth LCSR International Workshop

Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (HSE) announces a call for the Fifth LCSR International Workshop “Social and Cultural changes in cross-national perspective: Subjective Well-being, Trust, Social capital and Values” which will be held within the XVI April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development of the National Research University Higher School of Economics on April 6 – April 10, 2015 in Moscow.



Jan 31 23:00

Structural transformation in Africa and beyond

Deadline for submission is January 31, 2014


Feb 15 14:00

First World Congress of Comparative Economics

Rome, Italy, June 25-27, 2015. The deadline for submission is  February 15, 2015.



Dec 22, 2014

New Book!

Associate researcher of the LCSR Anna Shirokanova has contributed a chapter to a book titled “Dynamic of the Value-Normative System and Life Chances: Post-Soviet Transformation Experience in the Borderland”.


Dec 22, 2014


Recently Daria Salnikova (LCSR research assistant) took the 3rd place in a research competition among students of Higher School of Economics.


Nov 24, 2014


New issue (№ 11) of the journal “Sociological studies” contains a section of articles by LCSR researchers.


Nov 20, 2014

Results of the IV LCSR International Conference

The conference has finished. Let's sum up the results.


Nov 10, 2014

IV LCSR Annual Conference has started

Today, on the 10th of November, the 4th International Annual Research Conference (2014): “Cultural and Economic changes under cross-national perspective” has started in St. Petersburg.


Oct 31, 2014

Сonference «Integrating Genetics and Social Sciences-2014» (Boulder, Colorado, USA)

Andrey Shcherbak shared his experience about trip to the conference.


Oct 10, 2014

Aging of population in Europe - a challenge that society has to accept

A new book by Julia Zelikova (LCSR research fellow) “Ageing Europe:  Demography, Politics, Sociology”. We congratulate Julia!


Oct 8, 2014

Happiness in Russia: 1981-2012

Christian Welzel (a leading professor of LCSR) delivered a report on “Happiness in Russia, 1981-2012” at the Yegor Gaidar Foundation.