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Lili Di Puppo

  • Lili Di Puppo has been at HSE University since 2012.

Education and Degrees

  • 2011

    Viadrina European University
    Thesis Title: The elusive question of success in the fight against corruption: An analysis of the anti-corruption field in Georgia

  • 2011
  • 2004

    Free University of Berlin

My research focuses on religion and ethnicity, pilgrimage and sacred sites, the interconnection between memory, place and identity, nature and the sacred in Eurasia, informality and corruption. I have done fieldwork in Russia’s Volga-Ural region and in Georgia.

Student Term / Thesis Papers

Full list of of student term / thesis papers

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2019/2020)







Article Di Puppo L. Do we see better in an age of transparency? // Baltic RIM Economies Review. 2017. No. 3. P. 25-25.


Article Martínez F., Ivancheva M., Simoni V., Frederiksen M., Jiménez L., Hirvi L., Pobłocki K., Di Puppo L., Martínez D., Sherouse P., Testa A., Gutiérrez A., Starzmann M., Wadle H., Peacock V. Rethinking Euro-anthropology: part three. Early career scholars forum // Social Anthropology. 2016. Vol. 24. No. 3. P. 353-379. doi


Chapter Di Puppo L. Marketing Reforms: The Dimension of Narratives in Georgia’s Fight against Corruption, in: State and Legal Practice in the Caucasus. Anthropological Perspectives on Law and Politics. Ashgate, 2015. P. 223-242.


Article Di Puppo L. The construction of success in anti-corruption activity in Georgia // East European Politics. 2014. Vol. 30. No. 1. P. 105-122. doi


Chapter Di Puppo L. Anti-corruption interventions in Georgia, in: Fighting corruption in Eastern Europe: A multilevel perspective. L. : Routledge, 2012. P. 113-129.



Conference Presentations

“Sufism and Muslim identities in Volga-Ural”, workshop organiser “Peripheral Wisdom”, HSE School of Sociology, Moscow, 9 October 2018

“Searching for the invisible: Sufism and fieldwork in Volga-Ural”, panel convener “Peripheral Wisdom”, 15th EASA Biennale Conference (14-17 August 2018), Stockholm, Sweden

“Muslim actors in Russia’s conservative landscape”, panel convener “Religious actors and conservatism in contemporary Russia: Convergence or conflict?”, ASEEES 49th Annual Convention (9-12 November 2017), Chicago, United States

“Revelations of nothing: Transparency, representation, vagueness and the making of New Georgia”, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 20-21 April 2017

“Multiple meanings of ‘Traditional Islam’: Defining the borders of Islam in Russia”, 3rd ISA Forum of Sociology (10-14 July 2016), Vienna, Austria

“Multiple meanings of ‘Traditional Islam’: Defining the borders of Islam in Russia”, CESS 5th regional conference (2-4 June 2016), Kazan, Russia

“What is “Traditional Islam”? Defining the borders of Islam in Russia”, ASEEES 47th Annual Convention (19-22 November 2015), Philadelphia, United States

“Challenges to anti-corruption research: Studying Georgia’s “success story””, Volkswagen Summer School: “Governance, Markets and Institutions: Russia and Germany Compared”, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, 1 October 2015

“”Traditional Islam” in Russia: Establishing boundaries in the religious sphere”, 12th ESA Conference (25-28 August 2015), Prague, Czech Republic

“The police reform in Georgia: creation of boundaries in a post-revolutionary country”, EASA Conference (31 July-3 August 2014), Tallinn, Estonia

“The Russian state promotion of Islamic education”, XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology (13-19 July 2014), Yokohama, Japan

“The paradox of Georgia’s modernisation: (il)legality in a post-revolutionary country”, Exploring the “Grey Zones”: Governance, Conflict and (In)Security in Eastern Europe (1-2 November 2013) Aarhus University, Denmark

“The dimension of narratives in Georgia’s anti-corruption reforms”, invited lecture at the Caucasus Studies Program, Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany, 9 January 2013

“Marketing reforms: the dimension of narratives in Georgia’s fight against corruption”, Security, Democracy and Development in the Southern Caucasus and Black Sea region (11-13 October 2012), Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey

“Georgia as an anti-corruption model in the post-Soviet space?”, 11th Annual International Young Researchers Conference, Havighurst Center Miami University (29-31 March 2012), United States

“The dilemmas of the production of success in the anti-corruption field”, 6th IPA Conference (23-25 June 2011), Cardiff, United Kingdom

“Anti-corruption interventions in Georgia: from rhetoric to practice”, Challenging Development: Concepts, Visions, Perspectives (16-18 April 2009), Bielefeld University, Germany

“4 Jahre danach - Das Erbe der “Rosenrevolution”, invited lecture at the Conference „Der Kaukasus - Brücke zwischen Asien und Europa“ (29 November-1 December 2007), Berlin, Germany

“The externalization of JHA policies in Georgia: Competing notions of order and security?” The external dimension of Justice and Home Affairs (20-22 September 2007), LSE, London, United Kingdom

Timetable for today

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‘Master’s in Comparative Social Research Is a Perfect Fit for My Academic Needs’

Aleena Khan, from Pakistan, is currently pursuing a master's in Comparative Social Research at HSE University, Moscow. Despite studying online in the first semester, she already feels part of the HSE student community. In her interview, Aleena talks about the admissions process, her favourite courses, and her general impressions.

‘I Am Really Thankful for This Opportunity to Expand My Knowledge’

Friederike Augustin is a second year Master’s student in Comparative Social Research double degree programme with Free University of Berlin. After reading European Studies for her Bachelor’s she enrolled in an Eastern European Studies programme to have the opportunity to spend some time in Russia.

The workshop ‘Home, mobility and translocality: Muslim identities between the post-Soviet space, Europe and Turkey’ was held on 24-25 October 2019 at the School of Sociology

The workshop was organised by the School of Sociology and the Institute for Social Policy, HSE University, with support from the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Russia, the German Embassy in Moscow and the French-Russian Research Center for Social Sciences in Moscow.

Learning about Sociology from a Global Perspective

Master’s programme in Comparative Social Research was launched in 2014 and has been rapidly developing since. Its Academic Supervisor Christian Fröhlich talks about what the programme offers the applicants and what makes it unique.

Sociological Tour: a Review of Sessions for Sociologists of Religion at International Conferences in 2015

Several international conferences in sociology took place this summer. The European Sociological Association conference took place in Prague, the British Sociological Association Sociology of Religion Study Group conference was held in Great Britain, a conference on sociology of monasticism took place in Austria, and Russia hosted a conference on ‘Sociology of Religion in Late Modernity’. Ksenia Medvedeva, an HSE doctoral student, told us about her participation in these events.

‘Conducting Comparative Research Requires One to Leave a Comfortable Environment’

Students of the international Master’s programme in Comparative Social Research, which opened in 2014, spent their first semester studying at the Moscow campus of the Higher School of Economics; the second semester was spent in St. Petersburg. Another six months will be devoted to study abroad. Mobility in the educational process is an important principle of the programme that allows future sociologists to better understand social reality. The English-language programme turned out to of interest not only to Russian students, but also to graduates of prestigious foreign universities.

Program Welcome Party

 Welcome event held for the first cohort of International Master in Comparative Social Research