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Alina Pishnyak

  • Member of the HSE Academic Council
  • Alina Pishnyak has been at HSE University since 2002.

Education and Degrees

  • 2006

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Economic Sociology and Demography

  • 2001

    HSE 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.

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Sociology of Mass Communication (Master’s programme; Faculty of Social Sciences; 1 year, 2, 3 module)Rus
















Chapter Пишняк А. И. Внутрисемейные конфликты: основания, концентрация, детерминанты // В кн.: Родители и дети, мужчины и женщины в семье и обществе / Под общ. ред.: Т. М. Малева, О. В. Синявская. Вып. 2. М. : НИСП, 2009. С. 185-204.





Book Овчарова Л. Н., Рыбалкин В., Зубаревич Н. В., Сурков С., Пишняк А. И., Попова Д. О. Вступление России в ВТО: мнимые и реальные социальные последствия. Серия "Научные проекты НИСП-HSP Working Papers". М. : Поматур, 2004.



Article Пишняк А. И. Динамика среднего класса в современной России // Экономическая социология. 2001. Т. 2. № 5

Capabilities as an Indicator of Poverty

Using a multidimensional approach, sociologists from HSE University have identified some vulnerable categories of the population that have rarely been the focus of research on poverty. According to their calculations, pensioners and people with disabilities also fall into the ‘poor’ category. The study was published in the Russian Journal of Economics.

Middle-Class Russians Reduce Spending When It Comes to Themselves but Not Their Children

Middle-class Russians are more likely to reduce spending on the development of their own human capital and prioritize investing in their children instead, particularly when it comes to their children’s education. This is evidenced by a study conducted by the Centre for Studies of Income and Living Standards of HSE University.

Online workshop "Social Protection as a Part of Anti-Crisis Support Packages during Covid-19 Pandemic: Global and Russian Experience"

The Institute for Social Policy at the National Research University Higher School of Economics held on December 17, 2020 the 15th academic workshop on the topic of Social Protection as a Part of Anti-crisis Support Packages during COVID-19 Pandemic: Global and Russian experience. The event was organized on the online platform Zoom in the framework of a research grant funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation (grant ID: 075-15-2020-928) and in cooperation with the World Bank within the series of events under the topic “Active Ageing Policy and Pension Reforms: Russian and International Experience”.

Mothers Struggle Staying Employed

How Russia's labour market is losing quality workforce

Alina Pishyak, Director of the Centre for Studies of Income and Living Standards, and Aleksandra Goriainova, Research Assistant of the Centre, provided comments about the middle class in Russia

On May 24, 2019, the Tass News Agency published a text 'The Middle Class. Who is it? How does it spend its money?’ The research fellows of the Centre for Studies of Income and Living Standards provided their comments on the topic.

Russia’s Middle Class

Who are its members and how do they spend their money?

On September 4, 2018, the Institute for Social Policy held a scientific seminar on the topic “Inequality and Welfare Dynamics in Russia during 1994-2015”

The seminar moderated by Alina I. Pishnyak, director of the center for studies of income and living standards, heard a presentation by Dr. Kseniya R. Abanokova, Junior Research Fellow of the Center for Comprehensive Social Policy Studies.


is the number of times that at least one family member having a higher education reduces the risk that the family will fall into poverty.