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Oksana Vyacheslavovna Sinyavskaya

  • Oksana Vyacheslavovna Sinyavskaya has been at HSE University since 2009.

Education and Degrees

  • 2002

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Economics and National Economy Management
    All-Russian Centre of Living Standard

  • 2000

    Master's in Sociology
    Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences

  • 1996

    Degree in Economics
    Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.

Professional Interests

  • Social and economic aspects of demographic processes; the effectiveness of family and population policies
  • Approaches to, implementation and effectiveness of pension reform; pension systems and markets
  • Active ageing: approaches, implementation, indices; social policies toward elderly population; long-term care of elderly and people with disabilities;
  • Social aspects of markets; at different stages of the human life-cycle (e.g.: employment of women with children, of elderly and pensioners)

Student Term / Thesis Papers

Full list of of student term / thesis papers

Courses (2017/2018)

Courses (2016/2017)

Courses (2014/2015)

Courses (2013/2014)

Welfare State and Globaization and Migration Challenges (Master’s programme; Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs; "Европейские исследования", "Азиатские исследования"; 1 year, 1, 2 module)Eng

Courses (2012/2013)

Courses (2010/2011)

The European Welfare State and Globalization and Migration Challenges (Master’s programme; Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs; spec. "Европейские исследования"; 2 year, 1, 2 module)Rus

Editorial board membership

2004: Deputy Editor-in-chief, SPERO. Социальная политика: экспертиза, рекомендации, обзоры.


  • 2015

    British Society for Population Studies Annual Conference 2015 (Leeds). Presentation: Socio-demographic correlates of second and subsequent births. Estimates based on Russian Census data

  • 1st Meeting of the North-East Asian Forum on Population Ageing (Tokyo). Presentation: Active Ageing in Russia

  • 2014

    European Population Conference 2014 (Будапешт). Presentation: The importance of job characteristics to women’s fertility intentions and behavior in Russia

  • 2010

    European Population Conference 2010 (Вена). Presentation: Social capital and gender equity in explaining fertility in Russia


Employment history

Oxana Sinyavskaya is Deputy Director of the Institute for Social Policy and Associate Professor at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She is also Visiting Research Fellow at Maastricht University. She holds a PhD (Candidate of Science) in Economics from Russian Centre for Standard of Life and focuses on the social policy analysis in contemporary Russia.

Her research projects include family policies and their effects on fertility, female employment and poverty, gender issues, child care system reforms, social and economic consequences of ageing, the design and implementation of pension reforms, organization of social services, social protection of people with disabilities. From 2002, she is Project Director of Russian Generations and Gender Survey (GGS), a part of the international Generations and Gender Program (GGP).

She has published over 90 scientific publications on the pension reform issues, social policy evaluation, demography, etc. She has publications in Russian, French and English.

During the last 18 years, she has been actively involved in applied social policy studies for the Russian government and Presidential Administration and international organizations (UNDESA, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNDP, ILO). In 1997-1998, 2000, 2008, 2011, and 2013 she worked as a consultant for Russian government on pension reform issues.

Dr. Sinyavskaya is a member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), European Association for Population Studies (EAPS), Association for Studies in Public Economics (ASPE), and of the Academic (Expert) Council of the Independent Institute for Social Policy. From 2015 she is a member of the L’Oreal “Share & Care Program” Advisory Board. Besides, she is a member of the working group for expert development of the draft concept of “Active Ageing in the Russian Federation”; member of interdepartmental working group aimed at developing a draft plan of activities for the period 2021-2025 on the implementation of the second stage of the Action Strategy in the interests of older citizens; member of subgroup "Senior Generation" of the working group ONF "Social Justice"; member of Expert Advisory Council (EX) under the Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation on Strategic Management and Development of State Audit.


Welfare States in the Face of the Challenges of Globalization and Migration - Master's level, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs; -  International Relations: European and Asian Studies; Speciality: Asian Studies, European Studies; 1st year; Blocks 1, 2

Institute for Social Policy, Deputy Director

Centre for Social Policy Studies, Head of the Centre

Timetable for today

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Active Ageing Policy and Pension Reforms: Russian and International Experience: Sixth Academic Workshop

On September 19, 2019, the Institute for Social Policy at HSE Universityheld its sixth academic workshop devoted to to the French pension system, its current state, reforming and living standard of pensioners (Le système de retraite français : état actuel, projet de réforme et niveau de vie des retraités). This workshop being part of the series of events on Active Ageing Policy and Pension Reforms: Russian and International Experience was organized in cooperation with the Embassy of France in Russia. It was inaugurated by Lilia Ovcharova, Vice Rector of HSE, and Daniel Mathieu, Counsellor for Social Affairs, Embassy of France in Russia.

On October 2, 2018, the Institute for Social Policy held a scientific seminar on the topic “Healthy lifestyle in old age: barriers and opportunities”

The seminar moderated by Oksana Sinyavskaya, deputy director of the Institute, heard a presentation by Dr. Elena Selezneva, Senior Research Fellow of the Center for Comprehensive Social Policy Studies.

Should we be afraid of pension reform?

On June 16, 2018, Oksana Sinyavskaya, deputy director of the Institute for Social Policy, answered this question in the TVC program “Postscript”. The expert believes that the Government will gain money for additional indexation. This will affect all pensioners – they will only benefit from this measure.

Lilia Ovcharova and Oksana Sinyavskaya talk about the influence of the retirement-age increasing program on the career of women

On June 14, 2018, business newspaper “Vzglyad” published comments by Lilia Ovcharova, director of the Institute for Social Policy, and Oksana Sinyavskaya, deputy director, on pension reform and its impact on the career of women.

Oksana Sinyavskaya talks about the increase in retirement age

On June 14, 2018, Oksana Sinyavskaya, deputy director of the Institute for Social Policy, commented on the increase in retirement age on the Fifth Channel. 

On June 14, 2018, Oksana Sinyavskaya commented on the increase in retirement age on the Radio Liberty

In Russia the retirement age will increase. Oksana Sinyavskaya, deputy director of the Institute for Social Policy, argues on why the Government has now decided to proceed this unpopular reform.

Roundtable "Myths of Old Age"

On February 15, 2018, the roundtable on "Myths of Old Age" was held  at the Kudrin Foundation for the Development of Civil Initiatives. The event was attended by Lilia Ovcharova, director of the Institute for Social Policy, and Oxana Sinyavskaya, deputy director of this institute.

Research seminar "Estimating effects of 2007 family policy changes on probability of second and subsequent births in Russia"

Speakers - Svetlana Biryukova and Oksana Sinyavskaya (Centre for Family Policy and Quality of Life Studies HSE)