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Olessia Koltsova

  • Olessia Koltsova has been at HSE University since 2013.

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

    St 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.

Olessia (Elena) Koltsova is a social scienist committed to interdisciplinary research in the sphere of computational communication science. As the director of Laboratory for Social and Cognitive Informatics (formerly – 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, cognitive and psychological limits to online communication, ethnicity-targeted speech detection, user content topical composition and sentiment, and other topics. She is also the author of News Media and Power in Russia, Routledge, 2006.

Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2019/2020)

*В названии ВКР упоминается Инстаграм. Instagram - запрещённая в России соцсеть.

Editorial board membership

  • 2020: Member of the Editorial Board, Computational Communication Research.

  • 2020: Member of the Editorial Board, Information Processing and Management.

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

  • 2014–2019: Member of the Editorial Board, Internet Research.


Other publications72

Employment history

  • 2023 – present: Oxford Martin Visiting Scholar, Oxford, UK.
  • 2020 – present: director, Laboratory for Social and Cognitive Informatics, National Research University Higher School of Economics, St.Petersburg.
  • 2012 – 2019: director, Laboratory for Internet Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics, St.Petersburg.
  • 2008 – 2012: dean, faculty of sociology, National Research University Higher School of Economics, St.Petersburg.
  • 2002 – present: associate professor, department of sociology, National Research University Higher School of Economics, St.Petersburg.
  • 2001-2002: lecturer, faculty of sociology, St.Petersburg State University.

Timetable for today

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The results of the study on gender imbalance in Russian cinema have been published

The Journal of Cultural Analytics has published an article by Xenia Leontyeva, Olessia Koltsova, and Deb Verhoeven, dedicated to the relationship between women on and behind the screen in Russian cinema and the film admissions.

SCILLA hosted a scientific seminar titled "Health Information Consumption on the Internet: Experimental and Computational Analysis Methods."

On April 26, specialists from the Laboratory of Social and Cognitive Informatics and Tomsk State University discussed the changes that occurred in information consumption on the Internet after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congratulations to Olessia Koltsova on the successful defense of her doctoral dissertation!

On April 23, 2024, the defense of the doctoral dissertation in philology by Olessia Koltsova, the head of the Laboratory of Social and Cognitive Informatics, took place.

An open lecture by Dr Olessia Koltsova took place in Oxford

On November 16th, 2023, the Head of Social and Cognitive Informatics Laboratory, Dr Olessia Koltsova, delivered an open lecture as an Oxford Martin Visiting Fellow for the Oxford Martin Programme on Misinformation, Science & Media at Oxford University.

Congratulations to SCILA Junior Researcher Yadviga Eduardovna Sinyavskaya on defending her dissertation

Thesis topic: "The role of personal strategies for maintaining privacy in social networks in the formation of individual social capital.
Scientific adviser: PhD in Sociological Sciences, head of SCILA Koltsova Elena Yurievna.

Study of Women in Russian Cinema Presented in Toronto

On May 29, Olessia Koltsova, Head of the Laboratory of Social and Cognitive Informatics and Ksenia Leontyeva, research intern and associate professor of the St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television, spoke at the 73rd International Communications Association (ICA) conference at the Global Film Industries session, where works on the film markets of China and Nigeria were also presented.

Sinyavskaya Jadwiga's Ph.D. Thesis Pre-defense

On December 19, a pre-defense of Sinyavskaya Jadwiga’s Ph.D. thesis on the topic “Privacy strategies in the social network Vkontakte and their role in the formation of individual social capital” took place.

SCILA at the AINL Conference 2020

SCILA researchers presented two papers at the 9th conference on Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language (AINL 2020), which took place from 7 to 9 October 2020.

SCILA’s academic supervisor

Since June 22, 2020, Professor Paolo Rosso has officially taken the responsibilities of SCILA’s academic supervisor. Paolo Rosso is a full professor at the department of Information Systems and Computation of Polytechnical university of Valencia, Spain, where he also heads Natural Language Engineering research group within Pattern Recognition and Human Language Technologies Research Centre (PRHLT).

LINIS at the Aleksanteri Conference

On October 23-25 the Laboratory for Internet Studies took part in Aleksanteri Conference in Helsinki.

Conference “Digital Media Research Methods” at Nazarbayev University

On October 15, the head of the Internet Studies Lab Olessia Koltsova participated in the conference “Digital Media Research Methods: Theoretical and Practical Aspects”, which was held in the young and rapidly developing Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan).

HSE SPb Researchers to Receive Russian Science Foundation Grants

The HSE Internet Studies Lab has got an opportunity to study political fake news for the period of three years, and the project ‘Modern Models of Poetics: a Reconstructive Approach’ received a two-year extension of funding.

LINIS on the Internet Science 2018 Conference

Emotions vs rationality: SPbU International conference on comparative media studies 

LINIS team took part in VI International Conference on Comparative Media Studies in Today’s World, which held on 17-19 April at High School of Journalism and Media Communication SPbU.


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.