Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research is an open-access international journal since 2023 published by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) in cooperation with the Centre for Independent Social Research (founder and in 2009–2023 official publisher of the journal). Laboratorium comes out three times a year and publishes materials based on empirical qualitative social research in Russian and English.
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Green Nationalism in a Resource-Based State: Environmental Agenda and National Identity in Russian Regions


Svetlana Tulaeva and Yaroslav Snarski

The growth of global environmental problems and the strengthening of environmental rhetoric in the world have led to the awareness of the environmental issues among ordinary citizens.
“Neighborhoodness” of Urban Services as a Dimension of Spatial Segregation


Aleksandra Nenko, Elena Nedoseka and Marina Kurilova

On the quality of neighborhood services available to local residents as a dimension of perceived spatial segregation.

“Intellectual” Leisure Activity and “Simple” Entertainment: Preferences in Art as System of Signals


Nadezhda Sokolova

Scholarship where cultural consumption is intertwined with the issues of stratification focuses on the possibilities and consequences of using cultural capital as a signal in interaction.

Repressions and Emancipations of Socialist Legality: Industrial Comrades’ Courts during First Five-Year Plans


Maria Starun

An examination of two contradictory aspects of socialist legality: its repression and emancipation, and how the comrades’ courts in the workplace interweave these two functions of Soviet justice.

An Alternative Model for the Operationalization of Discourse Theory of Laclau and Mouffe


Peter Bakumov

An alternative model for qualitative studies based on the discourse theory of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, with special emphasis on computer-based analysis.

How Are “Bad Guys” Possible? The Agency-Structure Gap in Russian Foreign Policy Analysis


Hayk Smbatyan

In the light of the ongoing geopolitical tensions and the situation in Ukraine specifically, Russian foreign policy constitutes a puzzling area of social science research, particularly central to international relations (IR) scholarship.

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