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Maria Safonova

  • Maria Safonova has been at HSE University since 2007.

Education and Degrees

  • 2011

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Social Structure, Social Institutes and Processes
    RAS Institute of Sociology

  • 2005

    European University in St. Petersburg

  • 2004

    Saint Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts

* 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.

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2020, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014

Young Faculty Support Programme (Group of Young Academic Professionals)
Category "Future Professoriate" (2013-2014)

Courses (2023/2024)

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  • 2014
    XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology: Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology (Йокогама). Presentation: Reproduction of Cultural Capital and Leisure Practices in the Russian Society: Does Bourdieu Work
  • 2013
    Annual Conference of the British Sociological Association (London). Presentation: The Academic Empires: Colonial Legacies and International System of Student Migration
  • BASEES/ICCEES European Congress (Cambridge). Presentation: After the Soviet academic empire: The new (?) geography of academic mobility and research collaboration in post-socialist space
  • XXXIII Sunbelt Social Networks Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (Hamburg). Presentation: Modelling the Network of International Scholarly Co-authorships
  • Fifth Conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) ( Ljubljana). Presentation: "The status bias" in social networks research design
  • ESA 11th Conference: Crisis, Critique and Change (Turin). Presentation: High Culture Consumption and Reproduction of Cultural Capital in the Russian Society: Does Bourdieu Work?

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'I Submitted My Documents to Three Universities: Oxford, Cambridge and the London School of Economics. I was Accepted in All Three'

At HSE University-St Petersburg, except for the main learning trajectory, over two years, the students master an additional one—a minor. It can help to find new optics for research, choose a profession or simply broaden the horizons. A minor helped Tatyana Novotolskaya, a graduate of the Bachelor's programme 'Sociology and Social Informatics', not only find a new area for research but also get enrolled in the Master's programme at Oxford University. Find out more about all these things and some pieces of advice for prospective students in our interview.

'I Have Never Regretted Entering 'Sociology' Programme'

Alina Kamanina is a graduate of the Bachelor's Programme 'Sociology and Social Informatics' at HSE University – Saint Petersburg. She has been working as a game analyst in 'G5 Entertainment AB' company for two years. We talked to the graduate about how she entered the game industry, what criteria she used to choose a university and why critical thinking is the main university skill, in her opinion.