Martin Carnoy and Christian Welzel Awarded HSE Medal
The Contribution to Science and Education Award, established by the HSE, recognises outstanding contributions to academic development and international academic cooperation.
Martin Carnoy is a professor at Stanford University where he has been working for exactly 50 years. His research has had a great impact not only on the development of education, but also on politics. His former students include professors, ministers and even government leaders.
Since 2011, Martin Carnoy has been the Academic Supervisor and Leading Research Fellow at the International Laboratory for Education Policy Analysis. Initially there were only two employees in the laboratory and there are now over 10.
‘Martin Carnoy as a researcher is unique; his focus on reality is unique’ said Isak Frumin, Research Supervisor of Institute of Education. ‘Thanks to him, researchers at the laboratory began not only to do calculations, but also to go to schools. Soon, a book of observations, interviews and hundreds of video recordings of real lessons will be published in Russia. It is the first systematic study of school education in Russia.’
‘Fundamental research in educational policy is of great value, even if only a narrow circle of people are engaged in this area and very few think about using such research to change the situation in education,’ says Martin Carnoy. ‘I see it as my responsibility to help as many students as possible to become real researchers. I work a lot at the laboratory at the Higher School of Economics and I see young students grow up before my very eyes. This brings me great satisfaction.’
HSE Academic Supervisor Evgeny Yasin and Christian Welzel, Academic Supervisor of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research
Christian Welzel, who heads the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research at HSE and the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of Lüneburg, is known for his work in sociology and political science. For many years, along with Ronald Inglehart, he has been on the Executive Committee of the World Values Survey. This is the largest and most unique empirical study of people’s values around the world.
In his research, Professor Welzel dwells, in particular, on the relationship between individual liberties and the public good. For example, he has found that, as economic well-being grows, individualistic attitudes change. We see a tendency to move towards upholding human freedom, freedom of self-determination, protecting the environment, and helping others.
His book ‘The Birth of Freedom’, recently translated into Russian, received several scientific awards. One of the reviews published on the Cambridge University Press website reads, ‘This book has every chance of becoming the book of the decade in the field of political development and culture.’
‘I was inspired to become a scientist when I realized that, whenever I discovered why a certain phenomenon worked the way it worked, I experienced an indescribable sense of satisfaction, as well as the inclination to relive the experience. In this sense, science is an addictive drug that isn’t harmful to your health’, says Christian Welzel.
This year the award was bestowed on Marco Francesconi (University of Essex, UK), Fabián Slonimczyk and Anna Yurko (HSE University, Moscow). The team of authors was recognized for their article, which reliably proves the increased geographic mobility of high school graduates seeking to obtain a higher education following the introduction of the Unified State Exam.
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