An Exciting Opportunity to Present Research to a Primarily Russian Audience
Lauren McCarthy, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Associate Research Fellow in the HSE International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development. She will talk about her research on Russian law enforcement and human trafficking at the XVI April Conference. The HSE English News service asked her about her experience of living and working as an international researcher in Moscow.
— Could you please tell us how your cooperation with HSE began and what are your current plans?
— My cooperation with HSE began in 2011 as an associate research fellow at the Center for the Study of Institutions and Development. I was invited to be part of the project by Andrei Yakovlev and Timothy Frye because of my expertise on law enforcement in Russia. The group was considering doing a field experiment that focused on policing but instead we decided to do survey experiments. Working with our Russian partners, we wrote and deployed a survey on the public's attitudes towards the police, first in Moscow, then Russia-wide and then extended our research to Georgia. Currently we have been working on writing up the results of these surveys into a series of articles that focus on various aspects of police-citizen relations.
— What are your impressions of working in an international research team?
— I have very much enjoyed the exchange of experience and ideas during my work on the CSID team. The opportunities that the HSE have given to me have been wonderful. From traveling to Moscow to work with our Russian partners to fielding several surveys to presenting at conferences and workshops, all of my work is much better than it would otherwise have been because of my affiliation with HSE. I have also met some wonderful people who I have since been able to collaborate with on other ideas, projects and conference panels back in the United States.
— What are you going to present at the April Conference?
— At the April Conference, I will be presenting research from my book (due out in the fall) about how law enforcement agencies have implemented Russia's laws on human trafficking. It's an exploration of the types of trafficking prevalent in Russia today (sex trafficking, labor trafficking and child trafficking) but also focuses on how the formal and informal operations of law enforcement agencies influence their response to the problem. It is an exciting opportunity to present this work to a primarily Russian audience.
— How do you like living and working in Moscow? What's strange and what do you like about the city?
— I fell in love with Moscow when I first visited almost 15 years ago. I have since lived in Moscow twice, for a year each time, and come back for both work and pleasure almost every year. Though the city has changed a lot during those years, I still get the most joy out of wandering in different neighborhoods and spending time with my friends and their families. My tradition has been to visit Vorobyovy Gory on every trip and take a panoramic picture so that I can see what is new in the landscape. At this point, there is not too much that is strange to me about Moscow. I feel like it is a second home.
Anna Chernyakhovskaya, specially for the HSE News service
From Moscow to Brazil, South Africa, and China: Panelists Discuss Challenges and Potential for BRICS Countries in the Global Economy
On May 14, as part of the ‘World Economy’ session of the XXI April Conference 2020 an online panel attended by representatives of BRICS Network University took place. The session was devoted to the topic ‘BRICS Countries in the Global Economy’.
In a recent report, HSE experts evaluated the world’s 14 countries hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic based on data (including the number of recorded deaths) from May 1, 2020 or later. The report also examined 16 other countries whose experience was considered significant. While refraining from making generalizations, experts nonetheless noted that leaders in Europe and the United States have generally not responded to the situation as effectively as their Asian counterparts. Africa, meanwhile, follows its own course, while the situation in Brazil is worse.
The world’s modern food systems are going through a fundamentally new stage of technological development known as Agriculture 4.0. This digital approach relies on the use of robotechnics, the Internet of Things, biotechnologies, and other smart solutions. Is Russian agriculture ready for this transformation? What should be the government’s role in this process? These issues are the focus of the report, ‘Innovative Development of Russian Agricultural Industry. Agriculture 4.0».
April International Academic Conference is held in a distributed format this year, with some sessions broadcast online and papers and video presentations from others posted on the conference website. Professor Dr Ger Graus, first Global Director of Education at KidZania, is an invited speaker at Digital Transformation of Education session that is also conducted in this new distributed form. His paper is devoted to preparing children for digital era through non-formal education.
On April 7, 2020, the XXI April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development, organized by HSE University together with the World Bank, commenced. This year, the conference will be held in a distributed format.
‘The April Conference Will Not Only Confirm, But Strengthen Its Reputation as a Platform for Innovative Research’
Evgeny Yasin, HSE Academic Supervisor and Head of the Programme Committee of the XXI April Conference, addressed participants of the forum, which is being held in a distributed format this year.
Lev Jacobson, Deputy Head of the April Conference Programme Committee, explains the changes to the conference format.
Students who have been accepted to the HSE bachelor’s programmes in ‘Law’ and ‘Private Law’ may simultaneously enroll in the second degree programme at the University of London to supplement their basic training. The second degree programme is also open to external students and working professionals.
The HSE Centre for Studies of Income and Living Standards studied the dynamics of the middle class and its behaviour with regard to paid services. The study was based on data drawn from the HSE Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS-HSE) for the years 2000 to 2017, and the results were presented at the 20th April International Academic Conference hosted by HSE.
Reproductive behavior is modernizing at different rates in post-Soviet countries. Things are changing faster in Russia, Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine, where, over the last fifteen years, the average maternity age has increased and the contribution of women in their thirties to their countries’ birthrates has grown. Meanwhile, old reproductive patterns persist in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, where firstborns are usually born to parents under 30, demographers Vladimir Kozlov and Konstantin Kazenin note in a paper delivered at HSE’s XX April International Academic Conference.