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LCSR Partners

Laboratory for Comparative Social Research is an international group that aims to study the social processes and events around the world. In order to enhance the prospects and opportunities for our research, we are actively cooperating with various research centers and educational institutions located both in Russia and abroad. Below you can find information about the organizations with which LCSR signed partnership agreements.

VTB Bank

VTB Bank – is one of the leading universal banks of Russia, founded in 1990. The second largest bank in the country by assets and the first by the size of the authorized capital.

Since 2017 VTB Bank is launching the Endowment for Comparative Social Research at HSE. The endowment will make it possible to invest 10-20 million roubles in research each year. The HSE Laboratory for Comparative Social Research, led by renowned sociologist and political scientist Ronald Inglehart, will receive funding from the endowment.

MA Program «Comparative Social Research»

The programme provides students with professional research and writing skills to allow them to excel on the international professional research labour market. They will be well-qualified to build careers in academia or as experts in international organizations (and companies) such as the World Bank, International Labour Organization, OECD, UNESCO, UNICEF. Students will learn how to write scientific articles based on the analysis of empirical data and to publish these articles in international peer-reviewed journals. Our graduates will be well qualified to continue their careers within the PhD programmes of our international partners or in collaboration with the HSE academic PhD programme.

Government of Russian Federation (Resolution N 220)

On April 9, 2010 the Government of the Russian Federation adopted Resolution N 220 “On measures designed to attract leading scientists to Russian institutions of higher learning”. Pursuant to this resolution, the RF Government will issue subsidies for eligible purposes in the following amounts: 3 billion roubles in 2010, 5 billion roubles in 2011, and 4 billion roubles in 2012.  

The funds will be made available in the form of grants of up to 150 million roubles each awarded on a competitive basis to support research projects implemented in 2010-2012 with the possibility of extension for an additional one and/or two years.  

The grants will be awarded on the basis of decisions made by the Grant Board of the Government of the Russian Federation for support of scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning.

The grants of the Government of the Russian Federation designed to support scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning (hereinafter referred to as “Grants”) will be paid in instalments to the host institutions of higher learning where the recipients (leading scientists) implement their research projects. The host institutions of higher learning will not be authorised to spend the grants without prior consent of the leading scientists supervising their research projects.

The University of Michigan, USA

The University of Michigan (UM, U-M, or U of M), frequently referred to as simply Michigan, is a public research university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States/ It is the state's oldest university and the flagship campus of the University of Michigan. It is one of the original eight Public Ivy universities and is one of the founding members of the Association of American Universities. It has been ranked among the top five research universities in the US,   and among the top 20 universities in the world, including one ranking, as high as the 4th best university in the world.

The university was founded in 1817 in Detroit as the Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania, about 20 years before the Michigan Territory officially became a state.

The university is one of the founding members (1900) of the Association of American Universities. With over 6,200 faculty members, 73 of whom are members of the National Academy and 471 of whom hold an endowed chair in their discipline,   the university manages one of the largest annual collegiate research budgets of any university in the United States, totaling about $1 billion in 2009.U-M also has a technology transfer office, which is the university conduit between laboratory research and corporate commercialization interests.

The World Values Survey

The World Values Survey is a global research project that explores people’s values and beliefs, how they change over time and what social and political impact they have. It is carried out by a worldwide network of social scientists who, since 1981, have conducted representative national surveys in almost 100 countries. The WVS is the only source of empirical data on attitudes covering a majority of the world’s population (nearly 90%).

The WVS measures, monitors and analyzes: support for democracy, tolerance of foreigners and ethnic minorities, support for gender equality, the role of religion and changing levels of religiosity, the impact of globalization, attitudes toward the environment,work, family, politics, national identity, culture, diversity, insecurity, and subjective well-being.

The findings are valuable for policy makers seeking to build civil society and democratic institutions in developing countries. The work is also frequently used by governments around the world, scholars, students, journalists and international organizations and institutions such as the World Bank and the United Nations (UNDP and UN-Habitat).

Romano Prodi, former Prime Minister of Italy and the tenth President of European Commission said about the WVS work: “The growing globalization of the world makes it increasingly important to understand [...] diversity. People with varying beliefs and values can live together and work together productively, but for this to happen it is crucial to understand and appreciate their distinctive worldviews”.


FADDIS seeks to promote social research by means of the following actions:

1. Increase available data by means of new deposits of international collections in ASEP/JDS public databank. This includes:

  • Deposit of Eurobarometer collection, with more than 40 years of European social survey data.
  • Deposit of new waves of Afrobarometer/Asiabarometer surveys.
  • Deposit of the Arabbarometer and Caucasic collections.
  • Cleaning and deposit of other public international collections.
2. Development of new information sources for researchers. This involves:
  • Development of a global –cross-collection- index of social survey indicators allowing the users to find available questions within the different survey collections.
  • Development of a World Atlas of Social Survey indicators, to be accessed online.
  • Development of new facilities to integrate studies and collections using virtual dictionaries.

3. Actions to promote ASEP/JDS survey database. FADDIS seeks to promote extended use of survey databases in different fields (academic, press, decision making spots and so own). This will be done by means of:

  • Participation and presentations in seminars.
  • Participation in workshops and international meetings.
  • Sharing of our knowledge in the context of specialized international forums.

4. Promotion of social research. FADDIS supports social research by means of formative actions and by financial aid to carry new surveys in less developed countries. This implies two types of actions:

  • Funding of surveys in countries participating in international groups, such as the World Values Survey.
  • Annual scholarships for learning to clean and deposit skills in ASEP/JDS archive.

Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES)

Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES) was established in 2008. EBES is a scholarly association which main aim is to promote the development of the research in the field of economics, finance and business EBES strives to contribute to the development of economic research all over the world. Advancement of academic knowledge, facilitation of scholarly communication and providing publication opportunities are among the main objectives of the Society. EBES has two academic journals: Eurasian Economic Review (EER) and Eurasian Business Review (EBR). Currently the organization has 1394 members from 76 countries. Three times a year EBES organizes a conference aimed to assemble worldwide researchers and professionals and increase the economics and business knowledge through academic discussions.

Vavilov Institute of General Genetics

Vavilov Institute of General Genetics (earlier it was named Institute of Genetics of the USSR Academy of Sciences) was founded in 1934 and became the first specialized on genetics Institute of the Soviet AS. The Institute was set up on the basis of the Laboratory of Genetics. When the headquarters of the Academy of Sciences were moved from Leningrad to Moscow so was the Institute of Genetics. The wide spectrum of research in genetics and breeding of plants was carried out in the Institute. Nikolay I.Vavilov hold the post of the director of the Institute till his arrest in August 1940. Soon after, Trofim D.Lysenko – the ideologist of the ruining of genetics in the Soviet Union – was nominated the director of the Institute. During this period investigations in genetics were stopped, most N.I.Vavilov’s staff were fired or resigned.

In in autumn of 1964, as an outcome of the changings in the political situation of the country, genetics was “rehabilitated” and reconsidered as an important scientific discipline. In 1965, by the resolution of the AS Presidium, headed by Lysenko Institute of Genetics was liquidated. In return the Institute of General Genetics of the USSR AS was set up with Nikolay P.Dubinin as the director. The investigations on molecular genetics, cytogenetics, animal and plant genetics, population and evolutionary genetics, study of genetic effects of radiation etc. were expanded in the Institute.

In 1981,  a specialist on plant breeding Alexey A.Sozinov became the director of the Institute.

From 1988 till 1991 the Institute was headed by  Sergey V. Shestakov, who was a specialist on genetics of microorganisms. From 1992 till 2006 academician Yuri P.Altukhov was the head of the Institute. Since 2006 the directorship of the Institute has been hold by  Nick K. Yankovsky.

Because of substantial impact of N. I. Vavilov (1887-1943) into the formation of the genetics and other fields of biology, and because his name became the symbol of the adherence to science, in 1983 the Institute of General Genetics was awarded the name of N. I. Vavilov.

At present, the Institute of General Genetics is a large scientific center. The works of the Institute are well-known in Russia and abroad.

Institute for Economics and Forecasting, Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences

Organization “Institute for Economics and Forecasting, Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences” in accordance with Decree by the Presidium of Ukrainian NAS of 06.07.2005 the Institute is the assignee of the Institute for Economic Forecasting, Ukrainian NAS, which was created in accordance with Decree by Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers of 19.07.1997 No 772 "On the creation of the Institute for Economic Forecasting, Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences” and the corresponding Decree by the Presidium of Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences of 09. 1997 (No 298) with the aim to ensure the elaboration of strategic forecasts and programs of Ukraine’s socio-economic development.

The Institute’s main task is conducting fundamental and applied research and developing, on that basis, guidelines and methods of development of the economic system, as well as making strategic forecasts and programs for the development of Ukraine’s economy.

The Head of the Institute is Academician of Ukrainian NAS Valeriy Heyets.

Research is being conducted on the following guidelines: economic theory, modeling economic development, economic growth, restructuring and industrial policy, financial and monetary regulation, financial and budget forecasting, researching the development of and regulation of financial markets, technological forecasting and innovative policy, modeling and short-time forecasting, sectoral forecasting and market conjuncture, economics management, economics and policy of agrarian transformations, forma and methods of economic management in the agro-industrial complex, monitoring-based research on socio-economic transformations of the Ukrainian society, socio-economic problems of labor and economic history.


STATEC is the National Institute of statistics and economic studies of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. STATEC 's administration is placed under the authority of the Ministry of the Economy. It is professionally and scientifically independent, i.e. it sets its own work programme in accordance with national and European statistical legislation, produces and disseminates data in complete neutrality.The Law of July 10, 2011 on the organization of the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies sets out the missions of STATEC and its internal organization. These missions are to provide a public information service of high quality to public and private decision-makers as well as to citizens. Statec is committed to produce statistics, analyses and studies giving a detailed, reliable and objective image of the society of Luxembourg.STATEC coordinates the statistical system of Luxembourg, organized according to the principle of statistical centralization. For this purpose it widely relies on collaboration with other producers of data as well as with public and private research centers. STATEC so centralizes data available from public authorities to carry out its studies, but also to make them available to its users on a single platform. With the new law of July 10, 2011, applied scientific research is added to STATEC’s missions.Information, most of which comes from official public sector statistics, is, by definition, public property. Each citizen must have free access to this information. To enrich public debate, STATEC provides unlimited access to reliable and objective statistical information. STATEC is part of the ESS, the partnership between EUROSTAT – the Statistical Office of the European Union, the national statistical institutes (NSIs), as well as the other national statistical authorities responsible in each Member State for the development, production and dissemination of European statistics.

Institute for Futures Studies (Sweden)

The Institute for Futures Studies is an interdisciplinary center for advanced social research. The Institute promotes a future-oriented perspective in Swedish research, and the use of scientific theories and methods. The research at the Institute is centered around four broad themes: (1) analyses of segregation and integration processes; (2) analyses of value changes and value conflicts using the World Values Survey; (3) analyses of demographic aspects of economic development, and (4) the use of agent-based simulation techniques to better understand the dynamics of social and economic change. Under the directorship of Professor Peter Hedström, a small secretariat and some 30 researchers and research assistants work at the Institute. For further information, click here.


Labcentr is a Russian company which was found in 2004. It provides almost all the types of equipment, from general laboratory equipment to close control equipment, reparation, commissioning, technical and methodical support. Labcenter has contacts with the leading producers in the area, including Rigaku (X-ray equipment), Tinius Olsen (equipment for physical and mechanical tests) and Agilent Technologies (Varian; atomic absorption spectrometers).

Wirtschafts- und SozialwissenschaftlichesInstitut der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung

The Institute of Economic and Social Research located in Düsseldorf conducts surveys in different aspects of labour relations and proposes policy advice in this field relyed on the analysis of collected data for a wide range of individuals (from citizens to policy-makers). Research is conducted in such fields as economic relations in the labour market, social and gender policy, collective bargaining policy and co-determination. Founded in 1946 the Institute of Economic Research was the center for economic planning and research of industrial relations. Afterwards (and to nowdays) it was working closely with the Confederation of German Trade Unions. In 1972 its’ name was changed to the current one, and in 1995 it became the research department at the Hans-Böckler-Fund. In the Fund it works closely with the department of co-determination and advisory committee, providing them with scientific information in the field of representation of workers and their life conditions. The Institute collects, analyzes and distributes the data on collective agreements, minimum earnings, various indicators of gender inequality and their graphic analysis, precarious work in different regions. Moreover, WSI collects and provides the data on surveys of works councils in all sectors of German economy, and in particular, their relationships with employers, employees and trade unions.

German Social Science Infrastructure Services (GESIS)

German Social Science Infrastructure Services (GESIS) was established in 1986. It consisted of three independent institutions: Social Science Information Centre, Central Archive for Empirical Research, and Centre for Survey Research and Methodology. They were integrated into one institution in 2007, and the following year the organization experienced further changes; it acquired additional name “Leibniz-Institute for the Social Science” as a sign of membership in the Association Leibniz. Now approximately 250 researchers work in various departments of the Institute placed in different cities of Germany. The activity of GESIS lies in several fields: design and methodology of surveys, monitoring society and social changes, development of social research methods, elaboration of research in the field of applied computer science and the Web. Furthermore, the Institute archives the data for doing research in social science and provides historical time-series, industrialization and social opinion data for public access. GESIS is hosting various scientific and educational events: seminars, workshops, colloquiums, conferences and summer schools. It also conducts surveys and research and publishes several scientific journals, primarily dedicated to the methodology of social research and trends of development of German society.

University of Haifa

The campus of the University of Haifa spreads along a Carmel Mountain ridge southeast of the city of Haifa and is surrounded by the Carmel National Park. The University was established in 1963 under the joint auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Haifa Municipality. In 1972, it gained academic accreditation as a separate institution from the Council for Higher Education.

The University of Haifa is the most pluralistic institution of higher education in Israel: sons and daughters of both veteran cities and development towns, kibbutzim and moshavim, new immigrants, Jews, Arabs, and Druzes, IDF officers and security personnel—all sitting together on the bench of knowledge in an atmosphere of coexistence, tolerance, and mutual respect.The University considers the link between academic excellence and social responsibility as its flagship, and service to the community as one of its important goals. Some 17,000 students are studying toward a degree (B.A., M.A., or Ph.D.) in 2008/09. The University offers six Faculties: Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences and Science Education, Law, Social Welfare and Health Studies, and Education; and five Schools: Business Administration, Social Work, History, Public Health, and Political Sciences.Research is concentrated in centers and institutes on a wide variety of subjects and fields. Among them: study of psychological stress, information processing and decision-making, evolution, the Holocaust; maritime studies, natural and environmental resources, shipping and aviation, the family. Research facilities include The Jewish-Arab Center, Herzl Institute for the Study of Zionism and Israel, Study of Crime, Law, and Society, Study of Pilgrimage, Tourism and Recreation; Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Emotions; International Brain and Behavior Research Center; Center for Democratic Studies; Center for Law and Technology; Center for Research of Education for Peace; Center for National Security Studies and Geostrategy. IBM put up its largest research center outside the United States on the University campus.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

The Association was created in 1946 with the aim to afford more opportunities for scientific work to colleges and universities of the state (Tennessee, USA). In particular, since its foundation the organization was the distributor of various grants for students writing their master or PhD theses. The grants are given to those who have a need in laboratory research of the phenomena related to radiation. Researching radiance effects includes the research of its influence on working conditions. Recent studies published by the Association open a subject both of factors leading to high mortality among working staff, and epidemiological statistical research. The membership of colleges and universities in the consortium allows the students develop scientific projects with the help of the funds of federal programs, the Department of Energy and national laboratories in physics, medicine and security studies. Now the Association includes 118 members around the USA.

Center for Strategic Studies (University of Jordan)

The Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) was established in 1984 to carry out studies and research in the fields of regional conflicts, international relations and security.The aims of the Center for Strategic Studies are to hold studies in political, military, economic and social aspects of issues that interest Jordan and the Arab world, which are connected to the security of the region and affect its future, in addition to holding opinion polls with the goal of providing researchers and policy makers with the necessary facts and data, and organizing events and activities like seminars and conferences.
The Center Director is Dr. Musa ShteiwiThe CSS includes the following departments:

  • Studies and Policies.
  • Public Opinion Polling and Surveys. 
  • Services and Relations.

The CSS is an active member in several Euro-Mediterranean networks, which includes a range of institutes and centers at 27 countries. The CSS is a member of the Arab Reform Initiative. The CSS hosts a number of graduate students from international academic institutions, providing them with academic facilities (resources), while they conduct their research on local and regional issues.

Eurasian Monitor

Eurasian Monitor is a system of regular cross-country opinion polling. In a profound sense, the concept of the project basically adopts and develops the ideas of “Eurobarometer” – an operating research program of EU – and other alike projects being held in different parts of the world (”Afrobarometer”, “Latinobarometer” and others.). The prime idea of the project is regular (monitoring) measurement of main social moods of CIS countries’ citizens and, first of all, four of Single Economic Space (SES). In perspective, “Eurasian monitor” is supposed to become the core of international (cross-cultural) social researches system operating in post-Soviet space. 

Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI)

The Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) is a social scientific survey research. SESRI was established in October 2008 with enthusiastic support from the leadership of Qatar University and falls under the Office of the President. SESRI's mission is to provide sound and reliable data to guide policy formulation, priority-setting, and evidence-based planning in the social and economic sectors.The Institute's research agenda spans a wide range of substantive areas of importance to Qatari society, including labor and employment, modernization and shifts in social values, education, health, family structure, and the impact of social and traditional media. At the same time, SESRI works to place results from Qatar into a wider context through participation in regional and international survey projects, including the widely-utilized World Values Survey. Now in its sixth year of operation, the Institute has assembled a highly qualified staff with diverse research interests, a wealth of professional experiences, and, above all, a shared vision and commitment to the importance of conducting high quality survey research that serves people. Indeed, the core values guiding our work are independence, public service, cooperation with existing research initiatives, and transfer of knowledge and skills to build the capacity of the next generation of young Qatari social science researchers.

Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM)

Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) is the oldest and the leading marketing and opinion research company in the post-Soviet space. VCIOM provides the data, analysis and recommendations our clients need to achieve their goals. VCIOM conducts the "full cycle" research - from instrument design and data collection to analysis and presentation of results to the clients, in Russia and abroad in the following fields: politics (electoral and approvement ratings, protest activity, etc…);  social (education, employment, health care, family, corruption, etc…); business (finance and insurance, real estate and construction, trademarks, branding and reputation management, IT, media research, sports industry, automobile market, etc…). VCIOM is headquartered in Moscow, has offices across the whole country, as well as firm ties with the polling centers around the world (from Ukraine and Germany to Japan and China). Over two decades their team that includes the best professionals in the areas of sociology, marketing, psychology, political science and finance has provided its expertise to over 2000 clients, representing both public and private sectors.


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