The Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES) performs scientific research covering a wide range of academic and applied problems related to social sciences and human sciences.

Research projects cover such disciplines as sociology, law, psychology, cultural studies, contemporary urban folklore, history, political science, political philosophy, urban studies, media management, and educational management.

Since 1994 MSSES has hosted an annual Interdisciplinary International Symposium “Where is Russia Heading To?” (which was renamed “The Russian Ways” in 2004) initiated by Teodor Shanin and Tatyana Zaslavskaya. The symposium has established itself as one of the leading expert platforms that focuses on understanding Russian history in the context of a multidisciplinary environment and time frame.

Since 2004, the annual international conference “Trends in Education Development” has become a platform for discussing relevant issues concerning education development at the regional, national, and international levels.

 The School is intensively focused on promoting student research. In particular, students and graduates of MSSES participate in international scientific and practical projects and conferences as both coordinators and researchers, and they develop skills and accumulate experience in research work under the guidance of leading academics and researchers.

 One of the significant events in the students’ academic life at the School is the Conference of Young Researches “Vectors of Contemporary Russia Development.” The main topics discussed at the conference relate to the study of contemporary trends in social and human sciences. Materials prepared by young researchers are published annually in collections of articles and academic periodicals.

 To develop and support academic potential, since 2018 MSSES has been organizing an annual competition for the best master’s degree theses. The major requirement for the successful competitors is to publish the key findings of their master’s degree thesis in leading scientific journals included in the State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles (VAK) list, or in other journals found in the Web of Science, Scopus, or otherwise a chapter should be published in a multi-authored monograph.

Research Centers

  • International Center for Contemporary Theory of Sociology 
  • Research Center for Urban Folklore and Urban Anthropology 
  • Chayanov Research Center

Research seminars

  • Chayanov seminar 
  • Identity Politics Seminar 
  • Theological Seminar 
  • Intellectual History Workshop