CIVICUS Civil Society Index

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CSI Partner Profile of the week: Center for Studies of Civil Society and Non-for-profit Sector, Russia

Posted by civilsocietyindex on June 15, 2009

The CSI team would like to welcome the Center for Studies of Civil Society and Non-for-profit Sector from the Higher School of Economics (HSE) to the current implementation cycle of the CSI. They conducted the CSI Shortened Assessment Tool (SAT) in 2005, and we are now looking forward to working with them in implementing a full-scale version of the project in Russia.

The State University – Higher School of Economics (HSE) has acquired rich research experience in the sphere of civil society and non-for-profit sector studies. The leading role in this area belongs to Center for Studies of Civil Society and Non-for-profit Sector, created in 2009 on the basis of Laboratory for Studies of HSE Civil Society of the Center for Basic Research. During the years of its existence, the laboratory has established itself as a research center, an expert and consultative body, and a hub for civic education and awareness rising on matters pertaining to civil society.

The Center carried out interdisciplinary research on a wide array of civil society and non-profit sector issues in the field of sociology, economics, law, political science, and statistics. The scientific activity of the Center is open for active engagement of MA students from various HSE departments. Center’s projects are implemented by HSE professors and docents, research analysis from leading research institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian and international CSO experts and activists.

The Center organizes a series of seminars for scientific discussion and exchange of experience on civil society research, which regularly gathers representatives of expert community, authorities, non-for-profit organizations, donor community and other stakeholders. The statistical and sociological research materials and policy papers, prepared by the Center, fed into the annual reports of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation on the state of civil society in Russia. Center’s research results are published in scientific monographs, leading scientific journals, widely discussed at roundtables, seminars and conferences, used in educational process.

The Center for Studies of Civil Society and Non-for-Profit Sector is tasked to:

  • To undertake activities on advancement of the system and mechanisms of CSOs and NGOs work on the basis of Russian and international best practice;
  • Provide expert support and participate in development of educational programs aimed at additional education and advanced vocational training of civil and municipal servants, NGO representatives;
  • Develop and implement civic education programs in the sense of public-non-for-profit, socially-oriented system of life-long learning and training/mentoring aimed at development of citizens’ competences, culture of democracy, socialization in the interests of personal development, civil society and rule of law; awareness rising on human rights, tolerance, social partnership matters, management of self-governing citizens’ associations;
  • Support to HSE faculties in organization of interactive and theoretical classes, development of educational curricula.

Center’s Management
Director– candidate of sciences in Sociology, Irina Mersiyanova.
Scientific Adviser– PhD in Economics, HSE first vice-rector Lev Jakobson

Contact person for the CSI:
Liliana Proskuryakova, Research Analyst
Center for International Projects, ISSEK/ HSE

Postal address:
Myasnitskaya, 20, office 501, Moscow, Russia, 101000

Phone/fax: Tel.:    +7 495 628-3106  , Fax: +7 495 625-03-67


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