About the Institute

The Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ISRAS) is a leading social research institution in the Russian Federation. It was created to advance social theory, engage in fundamental social studies and provide practical counsel to better the living conditions of the Russian population.

The Institute came into existence on June 14, 1968 as a further step to expand and develop the Department of Concrete social research of the Institute of Philosophy of the USSR Academy of Science.

 In 1988 it assumed a new name – the Institute of Sociology of the now Russian Academy of Sciences. Dramatic social change initiated by the process of perestroika influenced the Institute’s research agenda. The Institute set out to explore the fundamental structures and issues that affected life in the Soviet Union.

In 1991 a group of scientists led by Academician Gennady Osipov left the Institute and founded a new research institution – the Institute for Socio-political studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ISPR RAS).

The reorganization campaign launched by the Academy of Sciences in 2005 led to a merger of the Institute with two other Institutes – the Institute of Comparative Social Research and the Institute of Comparative Political Research.

In 2017 the Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences was reorganised and became a structural subdivision of the Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences along with other institutions such as Institute for Demographic Research, Institute of Socio-Political Research, Institute of Socio-Economic Studies of Population named after N.M. Rimashevskaya and The Sociological Institute of the RAS.

As a focal research institution the ISRAS has always been headed by prominent, renowned scientists:

  • 1968-1972 Rumiantsev A. M. (Doctor of Economic Sciences, Academician)
  • 1972-1976 Rutkevich M. N. (Doctor of Philosophical Sciences, Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences)
  • 1976-1983 Riabushkin T. V. (Doctor of Economic Sciences, Professor, Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences)
  • 1983-1988 Ivanov V. N. (Doctor of Philosophical Sciences, Professor, Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences)
  • 1988-2000 Yadov V.A. (Doctor of Philosophical Sciences, Professor)
  • 2000-2005 Drobizheva L. M. (Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, currently - Head of the Center for Interethnic Relations Research)
  • Since 2005 Gorshkov M. K. (Doctor of Philosophical Sciences, Academician)  

Currently the Institute’s staff incorporates close to 400 employees out of which 300 are researchers. One Academician, two corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 60 Doctors and 100 Candidates of sciences are now engaged in research projects of various magnitude and direction.

Journals and Publications

From the day of its birth, the Institute has been committed to support the publication activity in the field of social science. It has been a cofounder of the following major journals:

Social Networks

The Institute is present in social networks. It runs a page on Facebook.

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