Highlights from 4 th LCSR Summer School
The 4th Summer School of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR) was centered around Categorical Data Analysis and saw the participation of more than 40 junior academics from universities and research centres of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Italy, Germany, Poland, Romania, Israel and the U.S.
Participants of the School spent two weeks in Zelenogorsk, a resort town not far from St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland, developing their skills in various methods of working with categorical data. They worked under the supervision of Jacques Hagenaars (Tilburg University, the Netherlands) and his assistantZsuzsa Bakk (a Ph.D. student at the Tilburg University). The School’s curriculum also included additional electives given by Ronald Inglehart (University of Michigan, LCSR HSE), Hans-Dieter Klingemann (Social Science Research Centre (WZB), Berlin), and Kirill Zhirkov (LCSR NRU HSE).
During the school, participants successfully mastered complicated statistical techniques, and several of them presented their mini-research projects, which were carried out during hands-on exercises in Hagenaars’s course. The models that participants built were evaluated highly by the professor, who applauded students for their hard work and dedication in mastering the new analytical methods.
The Summer School also included the latest meeting of LCSR’s International Research Network, at which network participants described the latest results of their academic projects. The School’s demanding programme also included social activities. School participants made volleyball matches a regular activity at the School.
Participant feedback about the School:
Anna Kulkova, Research Intern, Laboratory for Political Research (HSE)
I study the relationship between religiosity and political activism. Both of these variables are latent, that is, they cannot be directly measured, as they represent complex characteristics. And latent-class analysis, the details of which we carefully studied over the two weeks, is of course crucial for me in order to produce interesting results. For example, a latent class of “grandmothers” has suddenly manifested itself within Russian society. This is a group of middle-aged women who regularly vote in elections, and attend church relatively regularly.
Dmytro Khutkyy, Researcher, Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (Ukraine)
This school is part of a unique system the LCSRhas spent several years implementing for leading scientists in the field of sociological research methodology to coach junior researchers. This is a second school for me. I was able to apply a lot of the advice and recommendations I received at the school concerning methods of analysis in the Mplus package in my own project on proactive orientation and individual activism. I presented the results of the project a few days ago at the XVIII World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama.
Chia Liu, Ph.D. Student, Center of Demographic Studies (Barcelona)
‘My Ph.D. research is on a new trend in Latin American families when women are the heads of household. We have already collected a significant amount of data by surveying several thousand people in three Latin American countries. Most of the questions in our surveys relate to nominal categories, and I plan to try some of the techniques we studied in Professor Hagenaar’s classroom on them in the near future.’
On October 2-4, HSE University hosted the international conference Trends in Logic 19. Current Issues in Philosophical Logic for the first time in Russia. The conference, which attracted a number of prominent Russian and international scholars, was organized jointly by the journal Studia Logica and the HSE International Laboratory for Logic, Linguistics and Formal Philosophy.
On October 2 and 3, HSE University simultaneously celebrated two anniversaries of Russian-Dutch academic cooperation: the 25th anniversary of joint educational programmes between HSE University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, and the 10th anniversary of the Dutch educational center, Nuffic Neso Russia, with which HSE has a long-standing partnership.
The Second Russia-China Education Research Conference – Digital Transformation of Education and Artificial Intelligence – was held last week at HSE University. Researchers from the two countries discussed changes taking place in the national education systems thanks to the digital revolution, as well as what can be borrowed from mutual experiences.
The agreement provides for academic and cultural cooperation between the universities, student exchange, and joint research. HSE University and the University of Bergen have been partners in educational initiatives for eight years. The partnership began when the HSE Faculty of Law signed an agreement with the Norwegian university.
Economists and Researchers Gather at International Conference on Wealth and Income in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries
On September 17-18, HSE University hosted a special conference with the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) on the topic of Experiences and Challenges in Measuring Income and Wealth in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries. This was the first IARIW conference to be held in a CIS country. HSE News Service spoke with American economist Barbara Fraumeni about her work with economic accounting and human capital and her experience attending the conference in Moscow.
On September 20, HSE University Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Italian Republic Pasquale Terracciano signed a cooperation agreement between the Embassy of Italy and HSE University.
On September 23-24, the CCCP19 Symposium ‘Cognition, Computation, Neuroeconomics and Performance’ will be held at HSE University. The goal of the symposium is to exhibit cutting edge research at the CCDM, a leading cognitive neuroscience research centre in Russia, and LNC2, a leading European research centre in neuroeconomics, cognitive neuroscience and neural theory. Ahead of CCCP19, the HSE News Service spoke with the conference organizer and several invited speakers about the plan for this symposium and the importance of their research in the field.
The Second ICEF Conference in Applied Economics will be held at HSE University on September 14. The HSE News service spoke with organizers and participants about the upcoming full-day event, which features eight papers presented by renowned specialists from Russia and across Europe and concludes with an evening dinner.
On July 31, the II International Economics Olympiad (IEO) for high school students came to a close in Saint Petersburg. In the team competition, the Brazilian team won the gold medal, while teams from China won silver and bronze. One of Russian teams placed fifth.