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About Us

The Laboratory for Political Studies, which serves as an interdisciplinary research centre, was established in 2008 by the Faculty of Politics at the Higher School of Economics. 
It is directed by Valeria Kasamara, who holds a PhD in Political Science.

The Laboratory’s research activity is focused on political behaviour,
migration and its public perception,  social movements,  political culture and local government.

In the past four years the Laboratory’s key project has been dedicated to the study of political behaviour among young people today. Several major longitudinal projects have helped us to represent how the views of young people have changed over the past few years.

The laboratory’s current partners are Princeton University and the University of Cambridge.

The goals of the Laboratory are to:

  • Promote scientific cooperation among professors and academic staff, scholars, undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty of Politics 
  • Enhance scientific standards and create a proper environment for political studies, as well as establish an intellectual tradition Russian political science
  • Produce scientific results that meet international quality standards, activate scientific discussion, and implement various methodologies for political research

The Laboratory brings together the most prospective staff members with academic backgrounds, as well as undergraduate and graduate students interested in academic careers, thus making an important contribution to political science research at HSE. The Laboratory also carries out applied projects, offers expert analysis of local government activities, and holds roundtables, open lectures and workshops.

In order to achieve these goals, the Laboratory supports a number of activities:

  • Conducting theoretical and empirical studies involving undergraduate and graduate students of the Faculty
  • Holding open seminars and roundtables to present and discuss research outcomes
  • Establishing interfaculty research groups for the Faculty’s academic staff
  • Reviewing current Russian and international debate in political science
  • Interacting with Russian and foreign political science centres
  • Supporting university representatives’ participation at conferences, seminars, and symposiums both in Russia and abroad


Tel.: (495) 772-95-90 ext. 12235

Email: politlab@hse.ru 


3 Krivokolenny Pereulok, Room 3-321, Moscow, 103070


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