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Sergei Akopov

  • Sergei Akopov has been at HSE University since 2013.

Education, Degrees and Academic Titles

  • 2015

    Doctor of Sciences* in Theory and Philosophy of Politics, History and Methods of Political Science

  • 2013
    Associate Professor
  • 1998

    North-Western Academy of Public Service

* Doctor of Sciences
A post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates in ISCED 2011.

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

February 11 – 19, 2012




November 25  – December 1, 2007



June 30  – July 14, 2007   




June, 3 – 16, 2006  





August - December, 2003


Course Innovation Session ‘Qualitative Research Methods: New Developments’

Central European University, Hungary, Budapest, Curriculum Resource Centre, Department of Political Sciences


Open Session ‘Political Sciences’

Central European University, Hungary, Budapest, Curriculum Resource Centre, Department of Political Sciences


The Visby Program Summer University Course ‘Communication in an International Context’

Gotland University, Sweden


The Visby Program Summer University Courses ‘Utopia and its Critics’, ‘The Epistemology of Journalism’, ‘Intergroup Conflict, Diversity Management, and Globalization’

Lund University, Sweden


Scholarship Program for Russian Civil Servants ‘The Economical and Legal Aspects of the Integration in the European Union’

Aarhus University Business School, Denmark


Awards and Accomplishments

Student Term / Thesis Papers

Full list of of student term / thesis papers

Courses (2021/2022)

Editorial board membership

2013: Member of the Editorial Board, Управленческое консультирование.


The Department of Political Science and Altman Program in International Studies and Business of Tulane University. Grant for invited professors, 13.11.2012. Tulane University, USA


Timetable for today

Full timetable

Against the Odds: Short-Term Programme Internationalises Russian Studies

In early March, the International Research School, a short-term online programme that was held for the first time in 2021, came to a close. Students from different countries met on MS Teams to study in the ‘Russian Politics and International Affairs’ track.

International Research from Home: HSE – Saint Petersburg Launches New Short-Term Programme

Much has been said about online education over the last year. What used to be perceived as a challenge a few months ago has become a new comfort zone and does not impress anyone. Indeed, during the pandemic, we have proved that persistence, professionalism, and flexibility bring good results even when the world is turned upside-down. Having had a successful experience of hosting the St. Petersburg HSE Summer School online, the university introduces HSE – St. Petersburg International Research School, a new project encouraging students all over the world to explore different areas — from Russia’s role in international relations to social, cultural, gender aspects of Russia’s historical experience, and even to the burning issue of what global business is going to be like when the COVID-19 crisis is over.

Our Colleagues at the Conference "Translation in / of World Politics: Language, Practices, Power"

January 17-18 2020 SOAS University of London together with BISA Interpretivism in International Relations Working Group has organized a conference "Translation in / of World Politics: Language, Practices, Power". HSE - St. Petersburg was represented there with a research project "Mistranslating Political Jokes (Symbolic Meaning of “Language Games” in Russian Official Discourse)" run by professor Sergei Akopov and our second year BA student Ekaterina Donskih.

More Than Just Studies: American Students on Their January Term in Russia

From January 3 to 20, 23 students from three American universities took part in a special winter programme held for the third time at HSE University – St Petersburg. We asked them many questions, including what they thought about Russia before coming here, what they would take back home, and one of the eternal questions – Moscow or St Petersburg?

HSE French Club: a Closed Community or a Place for Everybody?

Interview with Polina Klochko, member of the Club, about its activites and purposes.

American Student in St. Petersburg: Understanding Modern Russia

Addie Bacon, an American student from Smith College, who studies the Russian language and literature in the US. She had spent six months at HSE University St. Petersburg attending ‘Russian, Eurasian, and Post-Soviet Studies Programme’. Before she left to go back home we asked her a few questions about her experience studying and living in Russia.

Vegetarian Food and American Music in Tolstoy’s Russia

This spring, HSE University - St. Petersburg has been especially lucky with old and new friends coming to visit. From 14th to 30th of May we hosted a group from University of Dayton, Ohio, that came to participate in the programme ‘Tolstoy’s Russia’ and to learn more about the past and present of our country.

'A Life Changing Experience': US Students Visit St. Petersburg

From January 5 to 20 2018, HSE in St. Petersburg for the second time hosted a special J-Term programme for American students from Smith and Amherst Colleges, as well as the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

HSE Political Scientists Discuss Their Research at APSA Meeting

In San Francisco, the 111th annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) – one of the largest international conferences in the field of political science – recently took place. Scholars from HSE presented their research on forum panels such as ‘Fiscal Politics in Federal Systems’, ‘Social Policy in Non-democracies: Dynamics of Social Policy Debates in Russia’, ‘Incumbents and Elections in Developing Countries’, and ‘Power in 21st Century World Politics’.

HSE Lecturers Took Part in a Conference in France

On March 16-20 Mikhail Antonov, Associate Professor at the Department of Theory and History of Law and State and Sergei Akopov, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science delivered a series of lectures in English and French on legal and political system of the Russian Federation during the conference orgaznised by HSE partner university Science Po Aix-en-Provence.