Research and education centres (REC) function as the partner institutions of the DDPP. They represent a novel form of scholarly organisation, supported and promoted by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. The RECs are staffed by EUSP graduates. They are responsible for the implementation of MA-programmes. They are organised as a partnership between two different universities.
The work of the DDPP’s centres is based on the following major principles:
They should be integrated within the university’s educational programmes.
They should support the professional growth of students and professors.
They should closely work with the local intellectual community.
They should raise the prestige and reputation of important intellectual centres in Russia and abroad.
Finally, they should move towards financial sustainability and independence through active and effective fundraising.
The Centre for Policy Analysis and Studies of Technologies (PAST-Centre)
The Centre for Policy Analysis and Studies of Technologies (PAST-Centre) was founded as part of the Department of Philosophy, Department of Psychology and the International School of Management at the Tomsk State National Research University in 2012, with the support of the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations. The project partners are the European University at St. Petersburg, Kazan Federal University (The Centre for Cultural Studies of Postsocialism) and the Perm State National Research University (The Centre for Comparative History and Political Science). The educational activities of the PAST-Centre are devoted to the development of the Master’s Program in the Sociology of Management, in cooperation with the Department of Sociology. The centre is committed to the development and teaching of new courses for the Masters in Sociology, including ‘A New Paradigm in the Sociology of Science’, ‘Social Factories of Innovation’, ‘Technology Policy in Russia’ and ‘The Sociology of Innovation’. The academic activity of the PAST-Centre focuses on interdisciplinary studies of technological development. Research topics include technology development policy for communal urban infrastructure, the social aspects of the technological modernization of health services, innovation in business development policy, cultural policy in the context of technological development and the development of scientific research teams and networks. This new approach to research and education is guaranteed by four conditions.
- The emergence of members from a new generation of researchers and teachers with scientific doctoral and candidate degrees in the sociological, political and philosophical sciences, or doctors of philosophy (Ph.D.), and international academic and research experience obtained at foreign universities: London School of Economics and Political Science, University of Michigan, University of Helsinki, George Washington University, the University of California at Berkeley.
- The participation of visiting professors from leading Russian and international universities, lecturing in English and Russian and participating in the academic research conducted at the PAST-Centre.
- The use of academic mobility that supports the presentations by the best students and teachers at the PAST-Centre and Tomsk State National Research University at major conferences.
- The provision of quality control from the independent International Advisory Board on the research and education programs at the PAST-Centre.
Research projects of the PAST-Centre faculty include:
- The establishment of a resource centre for research into the social and policy aspects of the study of technologies
- The holding of an annual International Conference in September each year
- Holding competitions for trips and presentations at international conferences among Tomsk State National Research University students and teachers throughout the year
- Holding an annual essay competition for academic work by students, graduate students and young researchers on the subject of social and policy studies of science and technology
The Centre for Comparative History and Political Studies
The Centre for Comparative History and Political Studies was created in 2012 at the Department of History and Political Sciences (Perm State National Research University) as part of the European University at Saint Petersburg’s “Department Development Partnership Program”, which is supported by the Open Society Foundation. The Centre is oriented primarily towards comparative research and combining the methods of history and political science. The Centre’s main goal is the development and dissemination of excellent standards of comparative interdisciplinary research and education in political science and history. The opportunity to gain a leading role in this type of research in Russia was identified given the fact that Russian scholars generally stick to the rather out-dated methods of “politologia”. The optimal strategy in promoting the best educational practices was considered to be the delivery of world-class research and the inclusion of its findings in curricula that could demonstrate to the students how theory is related to the world around us. The Centre develops and hosts two MA-programs: in Historical Political Science (from 2013) and in Contemporary Russian Politics in Comparative Perspective (from 2014). The students of the first MA-program received excellent reviews from the national and international conferences in which they participated. They were also keenly involved in the University’s extra-curricular academic activities, including the Centre’s research projects. Apart from the graduate programs, the Center developed several curricula for undergraduates in History, Political Science, and International Relations. 15 core courses on methods and comparative studies were created and delivered by the Center’s fellows, who put in an average of 8-10 teaching hours per week in courses such as Comparative Politics, Anthropology of the Soviet Society, Russian Political History, Methods in Political Science and Quantitative Methods. The primary project of the Centre is focused on the analysis of patronclient relationships as a historical phenomenon taking many forms in different political, social and economic contexts.
Key research areas of the centre include:
- Elections and their institutionalization in comparative studies
- Contemporary forms of patronage and clientelism in the Russian regions
- Organised leisure in totalitarian regimes of the 20th century
The Centre for Cultural Studies of Postsocialism
The Centre for Cultural Studies of Postsocialism was established as a joint project of the Institute for the Comparative Studies of Modernity at the Kazan Federal University and the European University at St. Petersburg in 2011. In July 2012 the Centre was granted financial support from the Open Society Foundation as a participant of the Departmental Development Partnership Program for the years 2012-2015. The mission of the Centre is to contribute to the institutionalization of Cultural Studies of Postsocialism in Russia and promote Cultural Studies as an academic discipline by creating, developing and strengthening cooperation in this field between different regional, national, and international centres and researchers.
The objectives of the Centre are as follows:
- To establish and develop the Сentre as a hub for scholars from a variety of fields of social sciences and humanities and are interested in the field of Cultural Studies. This is achieved through organizing conferences, seminars, lectures and other academic events to create the required network of professionals on national and international levels;
- To study contemporary tendencies and to contribute to achievements in the field through varied theoretical and applied research projects;
- To facilitate the participation and integration of Russian scholars in international networks, with a particular focus on the field of Cultural Studies;
- To develop and implement innovative educational programs in the field;
- To strengthen educational and research capacities of the KFU in the field of Cultural Studies and disseminate our experience throughout Russia;
- To contribute to the development of Cultural Studies in Russia by introducing innovative courses, conducting research and publishing its results nationally and internationally. The key research areas of the centre’s staff include:
- Theoretical re-evaluations of social and cultural transformations in post-socialist societies
- The City, consumption and everyday life
- Diversity, identities and social groups