Dr Alexey Bessudnov

Senior Lecturer (Sociology)

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Office hours (Term 1, 2017/18): Monday, 3-4pm; Friday, 12.30pm-1.30pm (starting from 2 October)

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Curriculum vitae

My research interests include social stratification, inequalities in education, attitudes to immigrants, and statistical methods in the social sciences. I do most of my research on Russia, but currently start working with the UK data as well.

A new paper: "Ethnic hierarchy and public attitudes to immigrants in Russia".

I am currently involved in a research project that aims to evaluate a new intervention programme for children who are delayed in reading in English primary schools (PI:  Brahm Norwich, supported by the Nuffield Foundation).

Research interests

My research interests are in the fields of social stratification, inequalities in education, immigration, and quantitative social science in general. Social stratification is my main field, but occassionally I work on projects and co-author papers in other disciplines. 

Current projects

  • With the data from twelve surveys conducted from 1991 to 2011 I explore if there was any change in occupational social mobility in Russia in the last 20 years.
  • I am a co-investigator in the project "Evaluating an innovative classroom reading intervention in Years 2 and 3" (PI: Brahm Norwich, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, 2015-17). We are conducting a group randomised trial to estimate the effect of a new teaching method on the development of reading skills of pupils who show reading delay in English primary schools. I am mostly involved in experimental design and data analysis.
  • Together with Susan Banducci and Dan Stevens we explore the effect of childbirth on political interest in the UK.
  • I study regional variation in informal payments in heath care and education in Russia.



I hold an undergraduate degree in history from St.Petersburg State University (2003), a master's in sociology from the European University at St.Petersburg (2004) and a DPhil from the University of Oxford (2011). In 2010-11 I was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. In 2011 I moved to Moscow where I was an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the National Research University Higher School of Economics until September 2014 when I took a position of a Lecturer in Quantitative Sociology in Exeter.