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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.


Mar 30–Aug 3

Summer School-2015

LCSR is pleased to announce the 5th Summer School on “Introduction to Factorial Design and Data Visualization with R”. The school will take place in July 25 – August 3, 2015 in Voronovo, Moscow. Deadline for registration:  April 20, 2015.


Mar 30–Aug 15

5th International Annual Research Conference “Cultural and Economic changes under cross-national perspective”

LCSR NRU HSE announces a call for the 5th International Annual Research Conference “Cultural and Economic changes under cross-national perspective”, which will take place from November 15 - 20, 2015, in Voronovo, Moscow Region. The deadline for application is August 15, 2015.


Mar 31–Apr 6

LCSR - EBES training methodological workshop

LCSR together with EBES are happy to announce a five days training methodological workshop "Economic and Social Changes: values effects across Eurasia” on advanced quantitative methods in comparative studies. The workshop will take place in Antalya, Turkey on March 31 - April 6, 2015.


Apr 7–10

5th 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 7 – April 10, 2015 in Moscow.



Apr 1

6th Annual Conference in Political Economy

"Rethinking Economics: Pluralism, Interdisciplinarity and Activism" 9 – 11 September 2015 University of Leeds, U.K. The deadline for submission of proposals for papers and panels is 1 April 2015.



Mar 29, 2015

First place in Salminskiy Scholarship Competition!

The first place in Salminskiy Scholarship Competition for young political scientists was granted to Boris Sokolov, Research Fellow of LCSR.


Mar 29, 2015

The best article SOCIS-2014

A SOCIS journal announced the results of the competition for the best publication in 2014. Article written by Anna Almakaeva, senior researcher of LCSS, was recognized as the best in the category `Methodological problems of sociology`.


Mar 24, 2015

HSE is ranked one of the leading Project 5-100 universities

HSE is ranked one of the leading Project 5-100 universities. LCSR is actively involved in realization of the `Project 5-100` and contribute to the raise of the Russia’s universities competitiveness across the globe.


Mar 24, 2015


A student of the international master program in Comparative Social Research, which was established by LCSR in the beginning of the academic year, got awarded with Vladimir Potanin foundation Scholarhip.


Mar 20, 2015

An Interview with Peter Meylakhs in the Renowned Saint-Petersburg Newspaper `Vedomosti`

Peter Meylakhs, a Senior Research Fellow of LCSS, gave an interview to the prime newspaper of the city `Saint-Petersburg Vedomosti` addressing an acute problem of drugs policy in Russia and other countries around the world.


Feb 24, 2015

New preprint by Ekaterina Lytkina

New preprint "Anomie and Alienation in the Post-Communist Area: A Reapplication of the Middleton Scale in Russia and Kazakhstan" written by Ekaterina Lytkina, LCSR  Junior Research Fellow, was published in SSRN.


Feb 22, 2015

New preprint by Anna Shirokanova

New preprint "Protestant Work Ethic Among the Muslims: Changeable Empirical Evidence" written by Anna Shirokanova, LCSR Associate Researcher, was published in SSRN.


Feb 18, 2015

New Article by Peter Meylakhs in Sociology of Health and Illness

An article titled “Taking care of themselves: how long-term injection drug users remain HIV and Hepatitis C free” written by Peter Meylakhs together with Samuel R. Friedman, Pedro Mateu-Gelabert, Milagros Sandoval and Nastia Meylakhs was published in renowned journal “Sociology of Health and Illness”.