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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


Vera Ageeva

Associate Professor, Department of Applied Political Science, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Sergei Akopov

Professor, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Daniil A. Alexandrov

Professor, Head of Laboratory of Sociology in Education and Science, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Ekaterina Borisova

Deputy Director:Institute for Industrial and Market Studies / International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development, HSE

Dorothee Brodure

Consul at the German Consulate in St.Petersburg

Irina Busygina

Professor, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Hughes de Chavagnac

General Consul of France in St.Petersburg

Igor Dertso

Consul General of Slovakia in St. Petersburg

Mick Dunford

Emeritus Professor, University of Succex

Iain Ferguson

Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Management, HSE

Maxim Fionin

Researcher, IOM RAS

Serge Frantsouzoff

Department of Asian and African Studies: Associate Professor, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Ekaterina Gusarova

Researcher, IOM RAS

Marie Huberlant

Consul at the Belgium Consulate in St.Petersburg

Cosmin Ionita

General Consul of Romania in St.Petersburg

Denis Ivanov

Research Fellow:Institute for Industrial and Market Studies / International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development, HSE

Anastasia Ivanova

Department of Asian and African Studies: Senior Lecturer, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Vera I. Ivanova

Research Fellow:Center for Market Studies and Spatial Economics, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Yury Kabanov

Programme Co-head:Political Science and World Politics, Senior Lecturer, St. Petersburg

Oleg Khukhlaev

Head of the Department of Ethnopsychology and Problems of Multicultural Education, Professor of the Department, Moscow State Pedagogical University

Kimmo Karhu

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Computer Science, Aalto University

Alexander A. Kaysarov

Associate Professor, Department of Management, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Valentina Kaysarova

Associate Professor, Department of Management and Planning of Socio-Economic Processes, SPBU

Olessia Koltsova

Associate Professor: Department of Sociology, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Alina Kontareva

Doctoral Research Fellow - Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, UiO

Veronika Kostenko

Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology, European University at St. Petersburg

Maria Kurbatova

Project “Migratory children”

Anne Lammila

Consul General of Finland in St. Petersburg

Veronica Lapina

Charity Fund "Sphere"

Leonid E. Limonov

Professor, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Olga Makarova

Expert, Center for Applied Research and Development, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Dag Malmer Halvorsen

Consul General of Norway in St. Petersburg

Larisa Mararitsa

Senior research fellow at Internet Studies Lab, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Eleonora Minaeva

European University at St.Petersburg

Vera Minina

Professor, Department of Sociology of Culture and Communication, SPBU

Valentina Morozova

Visiting Scholar: Department of Asian and African Studies, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Marina Vasilyevna Nesena

Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Olga Nikiforova

Associate Professor, Department of Economic Sociology, SPBU

Marina Obmolova

Director of the center "The same children"

Elena Omelchenko

Director of the Center for Historical and Cultural Studies of Religion and Intercivilizational Relations, Moscow State Pedagogical University

Valery Olin

St. Petersburg branch of the Russian Red Cross

Olga Pavlova

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Educational Psychology, Moscow State Pedagogical University

Sergey Pashakhin

Department of Sociology: Lecturer, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Lyudmila Pochebut

Professor, Department of Social Psychology, SPBU

Eduard Ponarin

Head of Laboratory for Comparative Social Research, HSE

Dmitry Poletaev

Leading Researcher, IPP RAS

Evgeny Roshchin

Dean of the Faculty of International Relations and Political Studies, NWIM RANEPA

Anna Sanina

Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Svetlana Savelyeva

Deputy Head of the Scientific and Educational Laboratory "Sociology of Education and Science", HSE

Daria Savelieva

Graduate student of the Department of Semitology and Hebraistics of the Oriental Department of St. Petersburg State University

Alexander Semyonov

Director of the Center for Historical Research, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Timo Seppälä

Professor (Professor of Practice), Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Aalto University

Larisa Shakunova

Graduate of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, St. Petersburg State University

Kirill Shamiev

Graduate student at Central European University

Andrey N. Scherbak

Associate Professor, Deputy Head of Laboratory for Social Research, HSE

Lev Shilov

Research fellow, Centre "Res Publica", European University at St.Petersburg

Yadviga Sinyavskaya

Department of Sociology: Lecturer, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Artyom Slyota

Youth Center in ANO "Children of St. Petersburg"

Natalia Soboleva

Research Fellow, Laboratory for Comparative Social Research, HSE

Boris Sokolov

Senior Ressearch Fellow, Laboratory for Comparative Social Research, HSE

Aleksei Sorbale

PhD Student, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Andrey Starodubtsev

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

Anna Tarasenko

Associate Professor, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Mahama Tawat

Assistant Professor:Faculty of Social Sciences / School of Sociology, HSE

Hans Timbremont

General Consul of Belgium in St.Petersburg

Tatiana Tkacheva

Junior Research Fellow, Laboratory for Comparative Social Research, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Stanislav Tkachenko

Professor, Department of European Studies, Faculty of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University

Dmitrii Travin

Professor, Department of Economics, Scientific Director of the Center for Modernization Studies, European University at St.Petersburg

Mikhail Turchenko

Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, European University at St.Petersburg

Mikhail Vandyshev

Associate Professor, Ural Federal University

Lionel Veer

Consul General of the Netherlands

Olesya Vólchenko

Junior Research Fellow, Laboratory for Comparative Social Research, HSE

Natalia Volkova

Associate Professor: Department of Management, HSE (St. Petersburg)

Andrey Zamulin

Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior and Personnel Management Department, SPBU

Margarita Zavadskaya

Senior research fellow, Laboratory for Comparative Social Research, HSE (St. Petersburg); Assistant Dean, Research fellow, head of the Wider European Doctorate program, EU at St.Petersburg

Natalia Zubarevich

Professor, Moscow State University

Conference Program

Day 1

October 21, 2019, Monday


October 22, 2019 (Tuesday)

Introductory Discussion: How to Talk about Inequality [RUS / ENG]

21 октября, 10:30 – 11:50 

[Simultaneous translation]

In March 2019, the rector of the Russian Economic School, Ruben Yenikolopov, published in «The Vedomosti» the column “How to Talk about Inequality,” in which he drew attention to the existing discrepancy in the estimates of economic inequality in Russia. The nature of this discrepancy and its consequences are associated not only with the correctness of calculations, but also with the ideological views of the participants in the political process and public administration on inequality as a social phenomenon. What is inequality in terms of everyday management and theoretical understanding? Should inequality or its consequences be dealt with? How ideological is the politics and discussion of inequality in Russia? As part of this discussion, researchers and government officials will discuss these and other issues, exchange views on various methodological and ideological approaches to measuring inequality, as well as on the consequences of choosing one or another approach.

Participants of discussion:

          Alexander Rzhanenkov - Head of the Committee for Social Policy of St. Petersburg

Daniil Alexandrov - Professor, Department of Sociology, Higher School of Economics - St. Petersburg

Natalia Zubarevich - Professor, Department of Economic and Social Geography of Russia, Geography Department, Lomonosov Moscow State University


Inequality & Diversity Challenges: European Responses [ENG]

The round table is devoted to a discussion of what problems related to inequality and diversity exist in the European space, and how the countries of the European Union respond to these challenges. Participants will be able to exchange views on such topical issues for Europe and the whole world as gender inequality, support for diversity and inclusion in the context of the migration crisis, as well as economic inequality.

Participants in the discussion will be consuls general of the European Union, as well as researchers and experts from the Higher School of Economics, the European University in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University, the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, the Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences and others.

Chair of round table: Anne Lammila, Consul General of Finland in St. Petersburg


Mahama Tawat (HSE Moscow),

Anne Lammila (Consul General of Finland in St. Petersburg),

Eduard Ponarin (Head of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research),

Stanislav Tkachenko (St. Petersburg State University),

Hughes de Chavagnac (Consul General of France in St. Petersburg),

Cosmin Ionita (Consul General of Romania in St. Petersburg),

Dorothee Brodure (Consul at the German Consulate in St. Petersburg),

Hans Timbremont  (Consul General of Belgium in St. Petersburg),

Marie Huberlant (Consul at the Belgium Consulate in St. Petersburg),

Lionel Veer (Consul General of the Netherlands),

Dag Malmer Halvorsen (Consul General of Norway in St. Petersburg),

Igor Dertso (Consul General of Slovakia in St. Petersburg),

Veronica Lapina (Charity Fund "Sphere")

Discussion Topics:

Fighting Gender Inequalities: EU Best Practices

Migration and EU Response to Challenges of Inclusion and Diversity

Middle class in EU: Recent Developments and Challenges

Plenary Discussion: How to Talk about Diversity

Following the discussion on how ideological differences shape the discourse on inequality and ways to combat it, participants of the plenary session "How to talk about diversity" will try to understand the contradictions inherent to the discussion of diversity in modern states. To what extent is it shaped by ideological differences? Did new issues in diversity policies emerge in course of the last decade? Are there any peculiarities in relation to the Post-Soviet space?


Irina Busygina, Director of the Center for Comparative Studies of Power and Management; 

Eduard Ponarin, Head of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research; 

Veronika Kostenko, Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology, HSE St. Petersburg

Чёрное китайское зеркало: немного о социальном рейтинге

22 октября студенческий проект "Гражданин Политолог" проведет дискуссионную лекцию "Чёрное Зеркало (или немного о социальном рейтинге)". 

До недавнего времени тотальный контроль всех сфер жизни граждан со стороны государства был лишь неотъемлемым атрибутом антиутопий, начиная с ставшего классикой романа Дж. Оруэлла “1984”, заканчивая современным телесериалом “Чёрное зеркало”. Сейчас этот элемент фантастики постепенно становится реальностью - к 2020 году Китай планирует ввести систему социального рейтинга (social credit system), которая уже начала действовать в отдельных городах. С помощью инструментов массового наблюдения и технологии больших данных система будет отслеживать повседневное поведение человека (не совершает ли он правонарушений, вовремя ли оплачивает счета, какие покупки делает, даже то, как он общается с другими людьми), на этой основе определяя его позицию в общем рейтинге. От места в рейтинге будет зависеть возможность получить социальные блага и привилегии, такие как авиабилеты, места в люксовых гостиницах и обучение детей в элитных школах. Более того, апеллируя к соображениям безопасности, правительство заявляет, что эта система «позволит благонадежным гражданам ходить там, где вздумается, и не даст дискредитированным ступить ни шагу». На одной чаше весов - безопасность, на другой - свобода и равенство. 

С одной стороны, система должна помочь в борьбе с преступностью, коррупцией и мелкими правонарушениями. С другой стороны, её введение говорит о том, что общество всё больше начинает напоминать паноптикон, идеальную тюрьму по мнению Иеремии Бентама, в которой заключённый не знает наблюдают ли за ним сейчас, но предполагает, что это возможно. В этом смысле случай Китая не уникален - развитие технологий наблюдения, распознавания лиц и сбора данных уже стало общемировой тенденцией. Однако среди особенностей системы в Поднебесной можно выделить её возможное влияние на социальную иерархию, поскольку рейтингование может усилить социальное расслоение, вести к маргинализации и стигматизации единожды “оступившихся” граждан.

Действительно ли опасения авторов антиутопий начинают сбываться? Как введение системы социального рейтинга может повлиять на структуру китайского общества? Является ли это нововведение отражением глобального тренда или лишь инструментом контроля и подчинения в руках полицейского государства? До какой степени рейтингование граждан согласуется с номинально господствующей в Китае коммунистической идеологией? И насколько в действительности осуществима эта инициатива? Об этом и многом другом поговорим на лекции “Гражданина-политолога”.

Panel Session 1 (21.10, 12:20-13:50)

Panel А1 [ENG]

Regional Inequalities and Regional Policy in Russia (room 314)

Panel 1B [ENG]

Platform Economy: Innovation, Competition, and Social Implications (room 316)

Panel 1C [RUS]

Миграция, неравенство и идентичность (ауд. 317)

Panel 1D [ENG]

Internet and Social Media (room 303) 

Panel Session 2 (21.10, 15:00 - 16:30)

Panel 2Е [ENG]

Explaining Multi-Level Governance (room 314)

Panel 2F [RUS]

Миграция, неравенство и идентичность (room. 317)

Секция 2G [RUS]

Лидерство сити-менеджеров и различия в подходах к работе их команд в России (ауд. 303)

Panel Session 3 (22.10, 12:20 - 13:50)

Panel 3А [ENG]

Managing Сonflicts in Plural Societies (room 303)

Panel 3B [ENG]

Dimensions of Inequality in Cross-Cultural Research I (room 314)

Panel Session 4 (15:00 - 16:30)

Panel 4С [ENG]

Russia in World Politics: New Interpretations (room 303)

Panel 4D [ENG]

Local Politics in Russia (room 314)

Panel 4Е [ENG]

Dimensions of Inequality in Cross-Cultural Research II (room 317)

Panel 4F [RUS]

The Cross under the Crescent: Christianity in the Muslim World and Its Periphery (room 302)

Organizing Committee

Andrey Starodubtsev

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

Daniil A. Alexandrov

Professor, Department of Sociology

Irina Busygina

Professor, Department of Political Science

Olessia Koltsova

Laboratory Head, Internet Studies Lab

Yana Krupets

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Elena L. Omelchenko

Professor, Department of Sociology

Eduard Ponarin

Laboratory Head, Laboratory for Comparative Social Research

Anna Sanina

Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration


123 Griboedova Canal Emb., St. Petersburg, Russia

Email: idc@hse.ru

Conference Managers: Denis Stremoukhov (dastremoukhov@edu.hse.ru), Yury Kabanov (ykabanov@hse.ru)