Leading Russian Research Institute focused on the social-political studies. A recognized provider of highly qualified expert assessments for public authorities, contributing to the improvement of the state policies in many fields (societal development; demographic and migration processes regulation; legislative impact assessment; governing of science, innovation, and higher education; State Youth Policy; State Ethnic and Regional Policy; societal and political risk evaluations).
The Institute emerged in the late 1980s as a result of the split between the academic social-political researchers discussing ways to reform Soviet society and the political system. The founders of the Institute believed that any reforms of the social system should be based on a clear legal framework, evidence-based political decisions, and evaluated regarding its social impacts. These positions were revolutionary for the Soviet times.
Since its inception (1991) the Institute pays particular attention to the analysis of social control mechanisms changes in modern societies, including the legislation, religions, social values and standards. So, the Institute permanently monitors and makes predictive estimates the social and political impact of the current regulations and state policies, as well as legislative drafts.
Now the Institute is a lean and dynamic organization (about 80 highly qualified scholars), composed of several research Centers provide a broad range of advanced studies of the current trends of societal, political, and legal development both Russian and International ones. Among them are:
- Center for Social Demography (includes the Division for the Migration and Migration Politics Studies), headed by the corresponding member of RAS, Dr. Sergey Ryazantsev.
- Center for Legal Support of Societal and Political Change (Dr. Sergey Shakhray)
- Centre for the Sociology of Youth (Dr. Julia Zubok)
- Center for Sociology of Religion and Socio-Cultural Processes (Dr. Elena Kublitskaya)
- Joint Center for Sociology and Economics of Knowledge (Full Member of RAS. Dr. Gennady Osipov)
- Center for Eurasian Integration Studies (Dr. Galina Osadchaya) Center for Sociology of History and Comparative Studies (Dr. Irina Orlova), and others.
The Institute annually publishes a wide range of books, research journals, articles, as well as maintains and regularly updates the database of sociological and demographic monitoring.
The results of realized Institute’s projects are contributing to the emerging in Russia the evidence-based policy.
The Institute has postgraduate and doctoral studies, and the International UNESCO Chair on Social and Humanitarian Sciences.
The Institute collaborates with research centers and universities of the European Union and Latin America, Japan, China.
Acting Director of the Institute is Sergey Ryazantsev, Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Sociology and Demography), Doctor of Economics (Demography), Professor, Head of the Center of a Social Demography of Institute Socio-Political Researches of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Head of the Department of Demographic and Migration Policy of MGIMO (University) of the RF Ministry Foreign Affairs.