The Happiness Researcher
5th September is the 80th birthday of the outstanding sociologist and political scientist Ronald Inglehart, Academic Supervisor of the HSE’s International Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR).
Ronald Ingelhart has been studying this problem since the end of the 1960s - not long after he started teaching at the University of Michigan where he is still a professor today. His ideas lay at the base of the WVS which has united researchers all around the world and they also helped to give shape to the Eurobarometer, monitoring public opinion in EU
Ingelhart’s books have been translated into all major languages. Among his most famous are The Silent Revolution (1970), Culture Shift in Advanced Industrial Society (1990), Modernization and Postmodernization (1997), Modernization, Cultural Change and Democracy: The Human Development Sequence (2005). For his contribution to the development of political science Ingelhart was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in 2011.
Since 2010 Professor Ingelhart has been the Academic Supervisor of LCSR at the HSE. Over the period the laboratory have conducted 50 research projects. The results of some of those projects have gone into the preprint Understanding the Russian malaise: The collapse and recovery of subjective well-being in post-communist Russia. The results show, disquietingly, that Russians are less satisfied with life than they were 30 years ago.
'There are two paths to personal happiness,' claims Ingelhart. 'One is tied up with traditional religions, the other with achieving material well being. Did you know that the happiest people in the world are in Demark and Sweden - these are countries where secular values and the desire for self-fulfillment predominate. The fact that these countries are leaders indicate that even harsh winters can’t stop people feeling happy.'
Happy Birthday Professor Ingelhart!
Mikhail Blinkin is one of Russia’s leading experts in urbanism, city planning, and urban transport. He has headed the HSE Institute for Transport Economics and Transport Policy Studies since 2011 and has been HSE Tenured Professor since 2013. In 2017, Mikhail Blinkin was the recipient of an HSE Honour Award 1st Class, as well as the Golden HSE award for Best Expert.
On November 27, the HSE Academic Council held an awards ceremony dedicated to the university’s 25th anniversary. The meeting saw the participation of representatives of the Russian President, members of government, and members of the Russian Federal Assembly. Governmental awards were given to a number of HSE employees for their tremendous accomplishments.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree for the commendation of prominent public and political figures. Andrey Zhulin, Vice Rector at HSE Perm, Galina Volodina, Director of HSE Perm, and Valeria Kasamara, HSE’s Senior Director for Government Relations, are among the figures mentioned in the decree.
May 26 marks the birthday of HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov. Although not the same age, both he and HSE are celebrating birthdays this year! At the start of 2017, IFMO Rector Vladimir Vasiliev, when presenting at the Gaidar Forum, congratulated Yaroslav Kuzminov on HSE’s 25th anniversary, saying that he was the exact same age as the University. ‘I would ask the young ladies to make note of this,’ Prof. Kuzminov quipped.
HSE’s Academic Supervisor celebrated his birthday on May 7. This year Professor Yasin has even more reason to celebrate: not only is he celebrating his 83rd birthday, HSE is marking the 25th anniversary of its founding, and throughout that time, Professor Yasin has had the pleasure of being the university’s Academic Supervisor.