Russian Research Programme


This programme has been carried out collaboratively by the Centre for Comparative Labour Studies, University of Warwick, and the Institute for Comparative Labour Relations Research, an inter-regional institute with branches in Moscow, Kemerovo, Samara , Syktyvkar, Perm, Yekaterinburg, St Petersburg, Ulyanovsk and Minsk. Research has been conducted continuously since 1991 in a series of linked projects

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We welcome inquiries from other researchers interested in participating in or collaborating with this programme. We particularly welcome inquiries from those with lots of money to fund the continuation of the research.

We are also keen to recruit additional research students, who will be able to use our extensive archive of research materials and network of research contacts as the basis for their doctoral research. Email us for application information now.

Programme Directors: Simon Clarke, CCLS, Warwick.
  Vadim Borisov, ISITO, Moscow

Background to the Programme

The research programme was initiated by Simon Clarke, Peter Fairbrother and Vadim Borisov in 1991. Since 1992 all the research has been conducted in collaboration with research teams in four contrasting regions of Russia: Kuzbass, Samara, Moscow and the Komi Republic. Since 1994 the research teams have been united in the inter-regional Institute for Comparative Labour Relations Research (ISITO - Institut sravnitel'nykh issledovanii trudovykh otnoshenii). In 1998 additional groups, in Perm, Ulyanovsk, Ekaterinburg and St Petersburg, with which we have been working for some time, were brought into the network, and links were established with a new group in Minsk, with whom we are collaborating in a project on innovation in post-Soviet industry, also in collaboration with the network of the Centre for Labour Market Studies of the Institute of Economics and the University of Tbilisi in Georgia.

The programme is based on the use of qualitative methods of sociological research (primarily ethnographic and case study methods), supplemented by surveys as appropriate and where funding permits, and the secondary analysis of available data. The research programme has involved a significant training component and all of the Russian participants have spent varying amounts of time at the University of Warwick familiarising themselves with Western sociological literature and methods. Some have also visited other West European and North American Universities.

All of the research teams work collaboratively, exchanging data and research reports with each other. Each of the teams meets weekly to discuss the progress of their research and team leaders and project directors meet together every three months. We hold a residential research seminar every six months, including other Western collaborators in our programme. To date seminars have been held in Moscow, Samara, Kemerovo, Warwick, Athens and Syktyvkar.

Part of each of the six-monthly seminars is devoted to the presentation of papers reporting research results, part to the presentation and discussion of research plans for the following six months and part to a sophisticated programme of traditional Russian culture.

Research themes are partly determined by the availability of research funding, but within the framework of the principal research themes individual researchers conduct their own specific projects for which they are able to draw data from all the research groups. Many of our new directions of research have developed out of such individual interests and initiatives.