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Olessia Koltsova

  • Olessia Koltsova has been at HSE since 2002.

Short bio

Olessia (Elena) Koltsova is an academic commited to interdicplinary data driven research and respective task-oriented teaching. As the director of Laboratory for Internet Studies, she leads various collective projects in the sphere of internet and society, as well as in methods of large-scale automatic internet data analysis for social science. In recent years, she has published on online community structure, user content topical composition and sentiment, relation of internet to protests, electoral preferences, entrepreneurial success, and other topics. She is also the author of News Media and Power in Russia, Routledge, 2006.

Education and Degrees

  • 2001

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Sociological Sciences
    Thesis Title: The institute of mass media in contemporary Russia: news production as a system of power relations

  • 1998

    European University in St. Petersburg

  • 1995

    Saint Petersburg State University

* 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.

Student Term / Thesis Papers

Full list of of student term / thesis papers

Courses (2017/2018)

Courses (2016/2017)

Courses (2013/2014)

Courses (2012/2013)

Editorial board membership

  • 2014: Member of the Editorial Board, Internet Research.

  • 2001: Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Eurasian Studies.


Other publications41

Work experience

2011-present: Head, Laboratory for Internet Studies, HSE St.Petersburg
2008-2012 Dean, faculty of sociology, HSE St.Petersburg

Timetable for today

Full timetable

The Plight of the Sinking

Elena Koltsova, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Sociology, HSE Branch in Saint-Petersburg, comments on the situation in the Russian media community.

Russia Profile


Olessia Koltsova took a part in annual international conference of AOiR 2017, which took place in Tartu (Estonia) from October 18-21, 2017.

LINIS at CyberPsychology Conference

LINIS staff took a part in 22nd Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference (CyPsy22), which was held on June 26-28 in the  University of Wolverhampton (UK).

The Second International Conference “Digital Transformation & Global Society” (DTGS’17)

The Second International Conference “Digital Transformation & Global Society” (DTGS’17) was held between 21 and 23 June, 2017, to address various issues of information society development. The conference was co-organized by the National Research University Higher School of Economics (St. Petersburg) and the ITMO University.

Congratulation our colleague on winning a contest!

Oleg Nagornyy, research intern of LINIS, took the premier place in the contest of best master thesis, which is annually arranged by VCIOM. 


LINIS staff took a part in the Second International Conference “Digital transformation & Global society” (DTGS’17), which was held in Saint-Petersburg on June 21-23.

Russian-Chinese collaboration

The head of the Laboratory for Internet studies Olessia Koltsova returned from the journey to China. 


Staff of LINIS presented their papers at the International conference Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language-2016 (AINL) held 10-12 November in Saint-Petersburg (Russia).

Web Science-2017 in Saint-Petersburg!

We are happy to congratulate our colleagues on winning in WSTNet Web science Summer School competitive proposal procedure!

Openness, Collaboration and Collective Action!

It was the motto of the 3rd  International Conference on Internet Science-2016, which was attended by members of the LINIS. September 12-14 in Florence, scientists, practitioners and politicians from around the world came together to discuss socially important problems and their solutions.


Sergey Koltsov and Olesya Koltsova was invited as experts in the field of topic modeling to conduct workshops at International FRUCT conference ISMW-2016.