The Future of Research, Usable Pasts and the Social Research Possibilities of Gaming
The International Student Research Forum in early February at HSE in St. Petersburg brought together over 300 participants from eight countries.
The list included professors and students from University College, London, the University of York, the University of Glasgow (Great Britain), Indiana University and the University of Texas (USA), The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the Copenhagen Business School, the University of Ferrara, the University of Venice (Italy), HSE, and St. Petersburg State University.
The students shared the results of their research projects and listened to lectures by renowned scholars. The forum was organized in ten topical sessions, including mini conferences in finance, logistics, economics, management, big data analysis, sociology, political science, public administration, and experience economy.
One of the speakers, Dr. Robert Kravchuk from Indiana University, was impressed by the quality of students’ papers, ‘The presentations I managed to see were smart, clear and very well executed. I think the brainstorming sessions especially, made it a very useful event for the students. I was happy to participate and hope to continue cooperation with the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg’, Dr. Kravchuk said.
Alexander Semyonov, Deputy Director of HSE in St. Petersburg, noted that ‘the forum marked a new stage in the development of student research at the university. Future professionals and researchers had the opportunity to become part of the international research community on the HSE’s platform, which, ultimately contributes to the development of both research and practice’.
Well-known Russian and international scholars who spoke at the forum shared their predictions on the trends facing young researchers on their way to master’s and further degrees in the future.
There was also a mini conference entitled ‘Usable Pasts’ at the student forum during which students of the master’s programme in Applied and Interdisciplinary History discussed work with cultural heritage and museum collections, the history of technology, environmental history, urban history, and comparative history of empires.
Professor David Moon from the University of York delivered a plenary lecture on an environmental history project on studying important natural and cultural landmarks in Russia and Great Britain.
Twenty-three students, including five doctoral, ten master’s, and eight undergraduate students from eight countries (Russia, Ukraine, Finland, Brazil, India, Ghana, Great Britain, and the U.S.) took part in the mini conference.
A special place in the International Student Forum agenda was dedicated to the study of video games, internet, and virtual reality. The session ‘Social research of video games, internet, and virtual reality’ included ten papers on the players’ role models, on the opportunities of social interaction in games, on economic determination and research problems that could be solved by studying gaming reality.
Students and scholars from HSE in St. Petersburg, University of Tampere (Finland), and University of Gothenburg (Sweden), together with businesspeople from Amini Lab and Playvision discussed prospective research in virtual reality and developing the next generation of learning games.
Daniil Alexandrov, Head of the HSE St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Humanities, explained to the audience how games can serve as experimental platforms for studying social behavior. For example, the transition from one server to another and from one game to another may be a model of other transitions of any scale, from labour migration between countries, to career mobility and changing jobs. Criminal behavior of terrorists or drug dealers can be studied by means of video games when watching how players break the strict rules of virtual gaming without breaking laws in the real world. Another topic, successful team building, which is important for management both in business and sports, can also be studied by means of video games, where players’ group activities are logged on game servers. So, games are ideal laboratories for studying social behavior in dynamics.
Professor Frans Mäyrä, head of Game Research Lab at the University of Tampere, was a guest speaker at the session. In his lecture, he talked about the history of game research as an academic area, described the latest trends and directions in game research, the specifics of researchers’ interdisciplinary collaboration, and the discussed the problems of education in this field.
When Risks Are Too High: The International Centre of Decision Choice and Analysis on the Outcomes of Its Work
In the more than 10 years since it was established, the HSE International Centre of Decision Choice and Analysis has travelled a long way from a laboratory to an academic centre of gravity for globally renowned scholars.Fuad Aleskerov, Professor in the HSE Faculty of Economic Sciences and Director of the HSE International Centre of Decision Choice and Analysis, spoke about the evolution of the centre’s team, its research activity, and solving Arctic dilemmas through the use of mathematical models.
An intellectual competition for secondary school students from all over the world who are lovers of science and technology will be held in Yakutia with the participation of HSE University. High school students from all over the world will gather for several days to participate in projects in the natural sciences and humanities led by scientists and scholars from around the world.
In an open talk organized for HSE – St. Petersburg undergraduate and graduate students, Cartier CEO Cyrille Vigneron spoke about the role of the modern luxury industry in various spheres of public life including business, art, science, and education, as well as how modern management employs methods of quantum physics.
General wealth levels in Eastern Europe and Central Asia have been improving since 2012 — poverty has been decreasing. But due to COVID, global poverty levels, including those of these regions, may increase considerably for the first time in two decades. Samuel Freije-Rodriguez, Lead Economist at World Bank, talked about this at the XXII April Conference organized by HSE University and Sberbank.
The HSE eLearning Office will participate in the international Coursera Conference. The event, hosted by Coursera, HSE's strategic partner in the global distance learning market, will take place from April 19 to 21. Ekaterina Zinkovskaya of HSE’s eLearning Office talks about the conference and what positions HSE holds in the field of distance education.
To improve its global competitiveness, Russia needs an independent environmental agenda along with a concept for environmental protection, and it makes sense to suggest a ‘global clean deal’ to Europe. A report outlining this, prepared by a team of experts from HSE University, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and environmentalists, was presented at TASS.
The Human Capital Multidisciplinary Research Centre will organize a series of presentations and roundtable discussions as part of theXXII HSE April Conference, which will take place from April 13 to 30, 2021.
HSE and Sberbank Will Host the April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development
From April 13 – 30, 2021, the XXII April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development (AIAC) will be held in Moscow. For the first time, the conference will be co-organized by HSE University and Sberbank.
The collective volume Place and Nature: Essays in Russian Environmental History, co-edited by David Moon, Nicholas B. Breyfogle, and HSE researcher Alexandra Bekasova, was recently presented at a seminar of the Laboratory for the Environmental and Technological History of the Centre for Historical Research at HSE – St. Petersburg. The book is one of the fruits of a networking project carried out in 2013-2016 with active participation of HSE researchers.
The research and development of new approaches to antitrust regulation in the digital sector, the agro-industrial sector, the pharmaceutical industry, and other markets remain the main focus of the work of the BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre, which operates within HSE University. The Centre's Supervisory Board recently endorsed its work conducted over the past year and supported its agenda for this year.