The EUSP Climate Change Project

In 2020-21, the EUSP Center for Science and Technology Studies (STS Center) will start a new research project devoted to the issue of global climate change. In support of these research activities, we will also organize a series of public events, inviting some of Russia's leading climate scientists to speak at the European University and introduce the social science community to the issues related to climate change as they appear from the points of view of different natural science disciplines.

Sociology of Science

The research area of institutional sociology of science is supervised by Dr. Mikhail Sokolov, the Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Sociology.

Russian Computer Scientists at Home and Abroad

The project led by distinguished professor of Science and Technology Studies at UC Davis (USA) Mario Biagioli is designed as a 28-month study of the population of Russian computer scientists (RCS henceforth) in Russia and abroad. From 2013 to 2015 extensive ethnographic fieldwork and/or oral history research was conducted in Moscow, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg, Tomsk, Vladivostok, Kazan, as well as England, Israel, France, and the USA (Boston/NYC and San Francisco areas). The main interest of the study is to understand how professionals communicate across national and professional boundaries in the dual context of an intrinsically portable form of knowledge – relatively not-sticky forms of innovations – and a politically tense status quo where emigrates are both praised for their entrepreneurship and blamed for bringing the competition within or for siphoning the brightest brains off the Russian Federation. 

Study of Technology Entrepreneurship

Project: Self-fashioning practices of successful technological entrepreneurs and their influence on the efficiency of high tech companies: the cases of Russia, Finland, South Korea and Taiwan. The project is run with the support of RUSNANO.

Laboratory Study

Up to now the work on the reform of the Russian science has not been finished; a wide public debate continues over the prospects of the reforms, the efficiency of the Russian Academy of Science, the possibilities to apply Western models to the Russian reality and the question about what modernization model to choose for our country. In this situation of exigencies and urgent need for expertise the traditional approaches to the study of the Russian science have suddenly turned out to be insufficient.