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Laboratory for gender studies

Head of the laboratory Dobrokhleb Valentina Grigorievna, Dr.Sc. (Econ.), Professor, Chief Researcher

Directions of research:

- problems of socially vulnerable groups of population;

- gender issues of healthcare;

- gender aspects of social policy in Russian regions;

- dynamics of development of family as a social institution;

- modernization of Russia and quality of human potential;

- trends in socio-demographic changes with the account of gender equality


In 2020 Laboratory for gender studies marks its 30th anniversary. The origin of gender studies in Russia is associated with the name of Natalia Mikhailovna Rimashevskaya, primarily thanks to her talent for discovering new in science.  In connection with the thirtieth anniversary of the first academic structural division of the Russian Academy of Sciences devoted to gender studies there was prepared a thematic “gender” issue of the journal Population  (2020 ‒ №2) with the active participation of the Laboratory research fellows. 


Research fellows 

Dobrokhleb Valentina Grigorievna, Dr.Sc. (Econ.), Professor, chief researcher

Efanova Olga Alexeyevna, Cand.Sc. (Philos.), Associate Professor, senior researcher

Pisklakova-Parker Marina Petrovna, Cand.Sc. (Sociol.), senior researcher

Rusanova Nina Evgenievna, Dr.Sc. (Econ.), leading researcher

Khotkina Zoya Alexandrovna, Cand.Sc. (Econ.), leading researcher

Chernova Anastasia Pavlovna, junior researcher


Fundamental studies

State assignment for 2018–2020: “Gender aspects of the socio-economic dynamics in modern Russia” № 0165-2018-0001 (V.G. Dobrokhleb, Dr.Sc. (Econ.), Professor)

Main research results under the State assignment in 2019:

  • it has been confirmed that the process of  demographic aging in Russia is going on,  the number of elderly and old people is increasing. The characteristic features of the demographic aging process in Russia are: firstly, a significant demographic gender asymmetry, secondly, a substantial regional differentiation in the demographic aging;
  • there has been identified a regularity in the gender distributions in the labor sphere, connected with its U-shape, when  men are prevalent in the upper and lower distribution groups,  and women – in the middle;
  • it has been stated that growth in the share of contingent labor and outsourcing results in the changes in labor relations connected with dehumanization of employment and persistence of gender discrimination in work remuneration;
  • there have been identified gender differences in assessment of the inner factors of health  deterioration (bad habits of men and labor regime of women);
  • there has been confirmed more egalitarian views about  distribution of gender roles in family among younger people as compared to other age groups;
  • there has been confirmed the tendency to growth in positive assessment (both by men and women) of equal family relations actually in all directions of family life:  distribution of  responsibilities, resources management, upbringing children, decision making. And in many families egalitarian settings are realized in practice.

International cooperation: participation in international research projects, events

  • International grant “Ecogender”. Joint Russian-Swedish project SAfE – 010414-311214 The case of Karelian Republic (North-West of Russia) (Head of the project V.V. Lokosov, Dr.Sc. (Sociol.), Professor; executives: V.G. Dobrokhleb, Dr.Sc. (Econ.), Professor; M.P. Pisklakova-Parker , Cand.Sc. (Sociol).
  • On 2 March 2020 at ISESP FCTAS RAS the research fellows of the Laboratory for gender studies with the assistance of the Institute Directorate conducted international scientific and practical seminar  “Ecology and gender: research and practice” devoted to discussion of the results of the joint Russian-Swedish project.
  • International grant “Comparative analysis of the gender aspects of employment and career in the media sphere of Georgia, Moldova and Russia” (Head of the project Z.A. Khotkina, Cand.Sc. (Econ.).  Agreement with Fojo Media Institute, Sweden.
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