The Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR) was established in the Higher School of Economics, a National Research University, in November 2010. The focus of the research is on comparative studies of social change – the analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal data based on World Values Survey data.
The LCSR studies norms and values at the international level, which includes comparing data within regions and classes in Russia as well as between Russia and other countries. It also analyzes and compares the results of different waves of World Value Survey. The key goal of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research is the evolution of quantitative comparative studies and instrumental analytical methods of large data sets in Russia. More information about LCSR projects can be found here. Apart from this, LCSR conducts regular conferences, workshops , and summer schools, which focus on discussions of methodological questions of comparative macro-sociology and on presentations of research results.
The Laboratory’s focus are the following research areas:
- To describe and explain value shifts in Russia and other post-soviet countries in the past 30 years;
- To put these shifts in the global context by comparing the values of the Russian population and world trends;
- To find out the differences in values among Russian regions;
- To clarify the role of economic development against cultural and historic characteristics of Russian regions via interregional comparison.
The Laboratory is Director by the WVS PI for Russia and member of the Executive Committee Prof. Eduard Ponarin. Laboratory for Comparative Social Research at National Research University “Higher School of Economics” represents the major capacity building platform of the WVS Association. Established in 2011, LCSR is organizing on the annual basis scientific conferences and workshops and summer schools for students and young career researchers in Moscow and St.Petersburg. LCSR is also maintaining the WVS-Russia Facebook profile.