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Research at the Laboratory

Researchers at the Laboratory are engaged in the following fields of social and political science: political anthropology, political culture, political behaviour, political institutions and public administration, sociology of migration and mobility, boundary studies in politics, sociology of religion, internet studies and new media.

The Laboratory’s activity is focused on training a new generation of vigorous and independent interdisciplinary researchers. Its work follows the horizontal model: each study requires an independent project team, with both undergraduate and doctoral students being involved alongside the Laboratory’s staff in all stages of the research. The entire team develops the research design, forms the empirical basis, conducts surveys, and analyzes the data.

Researchers apply quantitative and qualitative methods, conduct workshops, prepare publications, and participate in international research conferences. Young researchers have the opportunity to interact in a network of leading global experts and acquire the skills needed to carry out a research project.

Staff members from the Laboratory for Political Studies, the faculty of the Hertie School of Governance as well as researchers from Princeton and Heidelberg Universities are all taking part in a project entitled ‘Value orientations of Russian elite universities’ students’, which is dedicated to the study of students’ political views in a comparative perspective.

Staff members from the Laboratory publish their papers in leading international journals, including Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Nationalities Papers, Europe-Asia Studies, and Studies in Comparative International Development.


 

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