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Dear participants and attendees of IDC 2020, 

If you have not received passwords for joining the session, please send us a letter to ykabanov@hse.ru  

About the Conference

St. Petersburg Conference on Inequality and Diversity (ID Conference) is an annual international forum for social scientists to discuss such topics as social and political cleavages in modern societies, co-existence of different social groups in countries, cities and organizations, modern forms of inequality and ways to combat it, human and minority rights, ways of ethnic, religious and territorial conflicts resolution.

The Conference program will be designed in such a way that will allow the participants to discuss the research agenda in the fields of diversity and inequality for the upcoming years

Key Topics of IDC 2020

Governing Diversity & Inequality

Stability in Multi-Level Governance

Inequality, Diversity & Welfare

Managing Conflicts in Plural Societies

Regional Inequalities & Public Policy

Education and Social Policies

Diversity and Social Values

Digital Traces of Inequality

Conference program

Keynote Speakers 2020

Matthijs Bogaards

Professor, Department of Political Science, Central European University, member of the editorial board of Party Politics, Democratization, Politics and Governance academic journals

Michael Dorsсh

Associate Professor of Economics, director of the Master of Public Administration program, School of Public Policy, Central European University

Robert Huggins

Professor, Director of Research and Innovation, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University

Nicola Piper

Professor of International Migration and Founding Director of the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre at the University of Sydney (Australia). British Academy Global Professor Fellow hosted by Queen Mary University of London’s School of Law (2019-2022)

Richard Sakwa

Professor of Russian and European Politics, University of Kent, Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RISI)

Thomas Frederick Remington

Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Emory University, Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

Christian Welzel

Academic Supervisor of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research at HSE, Professor at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and Director of the World Values Survey project


Program Committee

Irina Busygina

Professor, Department of Political Science

Leonid E. Limonov

Professor, Department of Public Administration

Anna Nemirovskaya

Head, Department of Sociology

Elena L. Omelchenko

Professor, Department of Sociology

Eduard Ponarin

Laboratory Head, Laboratory for Comparative Social Research

Andrey Starodubtsev

Dean, Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

Andrey N. Scherbak

Head, Department of Political Science


Important Dates

15 June

Deadline for abstracts / panel descriptions submission

15 July

Notification for acceptance

15 September

Deadline for participants’ registration

20 September

Deadline for full papers submission

5-7 November

Conference days

Terms of Participation

Participation with a Paper

Submissions Requirements

Participation Fees


Youth Forum

On November 5, 2020 we organize the Youth Forum for BA and MA students. The Forum will be conducted in a poster session format.

The Youth Forum is an excellent opportunity to present and discuss the results of your research, and get experience of scientific activity.

In the poster session participants will not deliver a speech and a presentation. They prepare a poster which visulize the basic results of their research. During the session visitors and other participants may ask questions and discuss the poster. The authors of the best posters will be awarded by the Program Committee.

To participate in the Youth Forum one needs to:

  • Submit an abstract here till June 15, 2020;
  • If the abstract is accepted, register and send a poster in PDF format.
  • The poster should be A0 format (84,1×118,9 cm). Detailed poster instructions will be sent to the authors of accepted abstracts.

Conference News

On November 6, the Conference on Inequality and Diversity hosted the roundtable «Governance of Migration and Integration: Multi-level, Multi-actor, Multi-dimensional Perspectives between “Crisis” and “New Normal”». We have talked to an expert of the roundtable, Professor Diego Acosta, about the trends and challenges of the global migration governance.
December 28, 2020
Thomas Frederick Remington, Goodrich C. White Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science, Emory University, Senior Research Associate at the Higher School of Economics and Visiting Professor of Government, Harvard University, will give a keynote presentation about the relationships between political and economic inequality at the ID Conference 2020. We have talked to Prof. Remington about his research and expectations for the conference.
November 07, 2020
Inequality and diversity are the concepts that not only reveal empirical impact in the world, but also require theoretical and even philosophical deliberation. This is exactly what the discussion during the IDC panel «Theoretical Aspects of Socio-Economic Equality and Diversity» will be about. The session will be moderated by Sergey Akopov, the professor at the Department of Political science and International relations at HSE - St. Petersburg.
November 06, 2020
Dr. Michael Dorsch, the associate professor of Economics and the director of the Master of Public Administration program at the School of Public Policy in Central European University, will deliver a keynote presentation on evidence-based policymaking. We have talked with Dr. Dorsch about his research project, as well as his views on policymaking during the COVID-19 pandemic and shift of academic activities to online.
November 06, 2020
Our next keynote speaker of IDC 2020 is Matthijs Bogaards – an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Central European University and a member of the editorial board of the academic journals Party Politics, Democratization, the Italian Political Science Review, and Politics & Governance. He will deliberate on the European Union as a diverse society and the challenges for democracy such a system faces.
November 04, 2020
Our next keynote speaker is Professor Robert Huggins, the director of Research and Innovation, School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University. He will present his research about the transformation of the role of cities, as well as the changes related to the economics of innovation. We have talked to Professor Huggins about his research, the impact of COVID-19 on cities and his attidude towards the online conferences.
November 03, 2020
Meet our keynote speaker – Richard Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent and Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RISI). His talk at the IDC 2020 will explain how diversity and inequality are present in the current international political order and why realists’ ideas are back on the agenda for the globalization context.
November 01, 2020
The discussion of diversity and equality is hardly possible without touching upon these issues in the framework of diverse social groups. During IDC 2020 one of the panels is dedicated to youth studies – how these notions are present in the culture and environment of the younger generation. Yana Krupets – one of the moderators of the panel, the deputy director of the Center for Youth Studies at HSE St. Petersburg, and an associate professor at the Department of sociology shared the complexity and sensitivity of this field of research and plans for the Conference.
October 29, 2020
China is not only one of the global economic leaders, it is also becoming more and more attractive for students to reach for higher education. What is so special about Chinese education and how do universities maintain a high level of quality?
Liudmila Veselova, associate professor at the HSE-St. Petersburg, academic supervisor of the masters’ program «Business and politics in modern Asia», and the moderator of the panel session «University education in China and future employment of graduates: opportunities and challenges»,explained the importance of this topic and shared her expectations about the Conference on Inequality and Diversity.
October 22, 2020
The International Conference on Inequality and Diversity will bring together a group of scholars of migration governance for a roundtable discussion. Oleg Korneev, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Higher School of Economics (Saint Petersburg) and the Academic Supervisor of the Master's Programme «Comparative Politics of Eurasia», who has initiated this roundtable, shares his views on complexity of the topic, his expectations from the discussion and gives a sneak peek on what to expect from the participants and the session.
October 20, 2020


Yury Kabanov
Conference Manager

123 Griboedova Canal Embanment, St. Petersburg, Russia

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  • 2019

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