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Ivan Smirnov

  • Ivan Smirnov has been at HSE University since 2014.

Mathematician turned biologist turned computational social scientist. Our lab is using big data and machine learning to understand human behavior and complex social phenomena. The main focus of our research is on digital inequality and psychological well-being in the digital age.

Education and Degrees

  • 2018

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD)

  • 2017

    Doctoral programme
    HSE University

  • 2014

    Master's in Interdisciplinary Approaches to Life Science
    University of Paris 7

  • 2009

    Degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
    Saint 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.


Russian Science Foundation №19-18-00271 "Using digital traces to study factors contributing to students psychological well-being" (PI)

Dissertation for a degree of Candidate of Science



  • 2020
    6th International Conference on Computational Social Science. Presentation: The debiasing paradox: Quota-based debiasing can decrease representation of already underrepresented groups
  • 2019
    The 13th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM-19) (Мюнхен). Presentation: Emotional pulse of schools
  • 5th International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2) (Амстердам). Presentation: Predicting academic performance from short texts on social media
  • 2018

    The 12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM-18) (Пало альто). Presentation: Predicting PISA scores from students' digital traces

  • International Conference on Computational Social Science (Эванстон). Presentation: Gender Bias in Sharenting
  • 2017

    NetSci-X (Тель-Авив). Presentation: Formation of homophily in academic performance

  • XVIII April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development (Москва). Presentation: School Segregation in the Digital Space
  • International Conference on Computational Social Science (Кельн). Presentation: School Segregation in the Digital Space
  • 9th International Conference on Social Informatics (Оксфорд). Presentation: The Digital Flynn Effect: Complexity of Posts on Social Media Increases over Time
  • eStars2017 (Москва). Presentation: Online education and inequality reproduction
  • VIII Международная конференция Российской ассоциации исследователей высшего образования (РАИВО) (Москва). Presentation: Cultural capital in the digital space and university choice
  • 2016
    VII Международная конференция Российской ассоциации исследователей высшего образования (РАИВО) (Москва). Presentation: Формирование гомофилии по академической успеваемости среди студентов
  • Международный симпозиум "Л.С. Выготский и современное детство" (Москва). Presentation: Сегрегация школьников в виртуальном пространстве
  • Открытая научно-практическая конференция молодых исследователей EDgeneration (Москва). Presentation: Новые данные и их значение для исследований образования

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Father’s Level of Education Affects Students’ Plans for Doctoral Studies

Saule Bekova, Research Fellow at the Centre of Sociology of Higher Education, and Ivan Smirnov, Leading Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Computational Social Sciences, studied how father’s level of education affects students’ plans to receive a doctoral degree. The article Determinants of doctoral degree aspirations: insights from a nationally representative panel study was published in HERB: Higher Education in Russia and Beyond journal.

‘Depression Has an Impact on Social and Educational Achievement’

At the regular seminar of the HSE Institute of Education, Ivan Smirnov, Head of the Laboratory of Computational Social Sciences, presented his ongoing research project that examines the psychological well-being of students using their digital footprints.

Schools That are Socially Connected Have Similar Educational Outcomes

What Do Digital Traces Have to Offer for the Study of Psychological Wellbeing?

The round table on ‘Psychological Wellbeing in the Digital Age’ brought together a range of scholars and one industry professional to talk about how a user’s digital footprint—or ‘digital traces’—can be used to discern a person’s psychological state, predict their behavior, and, potentially, even improve their psychological wellbeing.

How Gender Inequality Is Reproduced on Social Media

IOE researchers Elizaveta Sivak and Ivan Smirnov have analyzed over 60 million public posts on VK, the most popular Russian social networking site, to discover that both men and women mention sons more often than daughters. They have also found that posts featuring sons receive 1.5 times more likes. The results have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

How Gender Inequality Is Reproduced on Social Media

Sons are more popular than daughters on social media

First PhD Thesis Presented as Articles on the Topic Defended at HSE

On September 11, Ivan Smirnov, graduate of the HSE Institute of Education doctoral programme, defended his Candidate of Sciences (Education) on ‘Differentiation of students by academic performance in a social network’. His thesis consists of four articles which had been published in academic journals, as well as a description of the study methods, design and main outcomes.

What Students’ Membership in Social Media Groups Can Tell about Their Academic Outcomes

A recent study by IOE expert Ivan Smirnov shows that students’ academic achievement can be predicted from their ‘digital traces.’

Papers by IOE Experts Featured in Springer’s New Volume on Educational Reforms and Innovation

Several academic papers by leading experts at the HSE Institute of Education have been featured in Springer’s newly released volume Reforms and Innovation in Education, edited by Alexander M. Sidorkin and Mark K. Warford. The authors explore various factors and processes shaping the relationships between educational reforms, as driven by deep and progressive socioeconomic changes, their effects on innovations across the educational realm, and the implications for the quality of human capital.

Study by IOE Expert Ivan Smirnov Published in International Academic Journal

A paper co-authored by IOE expert Ivan Smirnov, which explores how academic achievement shapes students’ peer relationships, and namely friendship networks as suggested by social media data, has recently been published on PLOS One.

Recent Study by Ivan Smirnov Featured in Leading International Media

A study by IOE doctoral scholar Ivan Smirnov, which analyzes developments in the complexity of social network messages, has recently received broad coverage by science & research news desks at leading international media. Ivan’s contribution takes us some steps closer to understanding what drives the evolution of social media texting practices and whether the argument about networking sites undermining language literacy and future life achievement actually holds water, MIT Technology Review and The Times say.

IOE Researcher Takes Part in Network Science Conference in Israel

On January 15–18, the HSE Institute of Education doctoral student and junior researcher Ivan Smirnov took part in the NetSci-X International Conference on Network Science.