HSE International Laboratories Celebrate 5 Year Anniversary
It is five years since the HSE began setting up international laboratories. Ronald Inglehart and Eduard Ponarin reflected on the results of the work conducted last year and on the achievements of the LCSR.
It is five years since the HSE began setting up international laboratories. This year HSE conducted interviews with the head of the laboratories and asked a few questions about the current state of affairs in the created organizations.
Among main results LCSR achieved were the following:
- Besides the 45 articles in peer-reviewed journals, LCSR colleagues have published their work in a series of academic pre-prints, contributing directly to research at HSE. Between 2011 and 2015 more than half of academic pre-prints in English on sociology were published by members of the LCSR team. The laboratory is building up HSE’s reputation with its regular summer schools, working seminars and annual international conferences. LCSR is involved actively in devising the programme for the HSE’s April Conferences and organises a series of special sections and honorary lectures. In the last two years, Ronald Inglehart, Eric Uslaner, Christian Welzel and Arne Kalleberg have all given honorary lectures.
- LCSR has worked on a number of practical projects. The report Russian Elites has been an important and high profile result, prepared for the Valdai Club in 2013-2014 (see the webpage for more details). The laboratory conducted research jointly with the Eurasian Bank of Development (EABR) and the World Bank on the mobility of pensions in the CIS, (see the webpage for more details). The results were presented at the 7th Astana Economic Forum in 2014. The results of another joint project with the EABR and the UN Development Programme on migration and human capital in Central Asia were presented at the WAPOR and EABR conference in 2014-2015 and will be published.
- LCSR is involved in teaching at HSE. LCSR opened an English language Master’s programme in September 2014 on Comparative Social Research. It currently has 6 international and 11 Russian students. In 2015 the intake will be increased. The courses are popular with HSE’s foreign exchange students. LCSR has devised a number of courses for HSE Summer University on working with large quantities of cross-national data.
- LCSR has won prizes and awards for its achievements. Ronald Inglehart has received two prestigious awards - the Johan Skytte prize in Political Science and the WAPOR prize. LCSR Head Research Fellow Christian Welzel won two international prizes for his new book Freedom Rising: Human Empowerment and the Quest for Emancipation and his world standard academic theory. He presented the theory at the 2014 April Conference. The results of another important book by Welzel were presented at the conference this year. Eduard Ponarin was appointed to the executive committee of WVS (World Values Survey) and Tatyana Karabchuk joined the staff of the Principal Investigators of WVS and EVS (European Values Survey) and was appointed Deputy Director of the Eurasian Monitor with whom LCSR signed a partnership agreement in 2014.
- Since 2011 LSCR and associated research laboratories have published 45 articles in peer-reviewed journals affiliated to HSE, indexed in Web of Science and Scopus and have published a total of 270 books, lectures and articles.
- The results of LCSR’s population survey using WVS methodology in six CIS countries (7500 respondents) and in six Russian regions (6000 respondents) are published in five peer-reviewed foreign journals and numerous other related articles are due for publication.
- LCSR have devised a unique toolkit for collecting and analysing genetic data for use in sociological theory on the basis of WVS questionnaires in six Russian regions (3000 respondents) and are writing articles about it with geneticists.
We are proud of these achievements!
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