ISITO Samara Branch

Ira Kozina
Irina Kozina was born in 1957 in Samara. She graduated from the historical faculty of Samara University. At University she was drawn to archaeology and ancient history, but found contemporary problems of social life more interesting and after graduation began to work as a sociologist in an industrial enterprise. After a year she was invited to head the sociology laboratory of Samara Pedagogical University, where established a collective which has worked on a wide range of sociology projects over the past nine years. Over the past four years the laboratory has specialised on problems of labour relations. Since 1994 she has combined her scientific work with the post of director of the Samara branch of the Institute for Comparative Labour Relations Research (ISITO). She has just completed her dissertation for the Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences on 'Methodology and Methods of Sociological Research'. She married a fellow student while still at university. Her husband, fortunately, works as a businessman, not as a scientist. They have a fifteen year old son, who is at school.

 Sergei Alasheev Sergei Alasheev is a researcher in the Sociology Laboratory of Samara State Pedagogical University. Sergei was born in 1959, and worked as an electrician on leaving middle school in 1977, and then as a fourth grade tester of electronic components in an instrument-making factory in Samara. He became an enthusiastic amateur archaeologist and ethnographer. In 1987 he graduated from Samara State University and joined the Sociology Laboratory of the Pedagogical Institute. This work was close to his youthful interests and allowed him to continue to join archaeological and ethnographic expeditions in his free time. His main responsibility was for the computer analysis of sociological data. However his participation in this research project has allowed him to combine his interests and to develop the use of case-study methods in industrial enterprises.

 Irina Tartakovskaya

Irina Tartakovskaya was born in 1964. She graduated with distinction from the Historical Faculty of Samara University and was unemployed. Her scientific interests, apart from industrial sociology, include political sociology and the sociology of culture. She has just completed her candidate's dissertation in the sociology of literature. Her hobbies are journalism and literary criticism, and she is interested in the ideas of feminism. She has a husband and a dog.

 Pavel Romanov

Pavel Romanov was born in 1964 into a family of office workers in the metallurgical complex. He is married and bringing up a daughter. Before he became a sociologist he was involved in a range of very different activities. He worked as an unskilled labourer and as a fitter in a factory and worked in a Siberian national park. After a five year break to study for a degree in biology at Samara University, he was one of the founders of the independent sociological centre Sotsio, where he worked on various political and socio-economic themes, and finally worked in the Laboratory of the Samara Pedagogical University. His interests include management of industrial enterprises and the specific socio-cultural features of Russian industry.

 Tanya Metalina

Tanya Metalina was born in 1956 in Samara. She graduated from the history faculty of Samara State University and taught history in school, before working as a sociologist in an industrial enterprise, where she headed the sociology department, specialising in social psychology and the sociology of small groups. In 1989 she graduated from the sociology faculty of Moscow State University and is now a researcher in the sociology laboratory of Samara State Pedagogical University. Her main area of research interest is now the problems of employment and the personnel policies of industrial enterprises. Apart from her scientific work she loves animals, especially her dog and cat. She is married with one daughter.

Marina Karelina

Marina Karelina

Lena Lapshova was born in 1965. After graduation from the Samara Pedagogical Institute she worked as a schoolteacher, but with perestroika she joined the independent sociological centre Sotsio, which became the Sociology Laboratory of the Pedagogical Institute. She has participated in a series of sociological research projects dealing with industrial relations and with different aspects of cultural and political life. She is married with a beautiful little daughter, and has just returned to the Sociology Laboratory from maternity leave.