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Dr Alexey Bessudnov

Senior Lecturer (Sociology), Director of Education

Clayden 105

Office hours (Term 1, 2019/20): Monday, 2-3pm; Thursday, 10-11am (Clayden 1.05)

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Curriculum vitae

In my research I am mostly interested in ethnic groups and inequalities in education, both in Russia and the UK.

Current and recently completed projects:

1. Ethnic hierarchy in the Russian labour market.

Together with Andrey Shcherbak from the HSE St Petersburg we conducted an audit study of ethnic discrimination in the Russian labour market. We have sent over 9,000 job applications in four Russian cities to explore the differences in response rates across 10 ethnic groups. The project has been supported by the British Academy and the HSE as part of the International Mobility and Partnership scheme.

A.Bessudnov & A.Shcherbak. (2019). “Ethnic discrimination in multi-ethnic societies: Evidence from Russia”. European Sociological Review. Published online 8 October 2019. [Open access]

2. The effect of academisation on educational trajectories of children with special needs in England.

Together with Alison Black, Brahm Norwich and Yi Liu we analysed data from the National Pupil Database to estimate the effect of converting English schools to academies on children with special educational needs. The project has been funded by the ESRC’s Secondary Data Analysis Initiative.

Y.Liu, A.Bessudnov, A.Black, & B.Norwich. (2019). “School autonomy and educational inclusion of children with special needs: Evidence from England”. SocArXiv. 7 January. doi:10.31235/osf.io/y7z56.

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Research interests

My research interests are in the fields of social stratification, inequalities in education, ethnic groups, and quantitative social science in general. 

Current and recently completed projects:

1. Ethnic hierarchy in the Russian labour market.

Together with Andrey Shcherbak from the HSE St Petersburg we conducted an audit study of ethnic discrimination in the Russian labour market. We have sent over 9,000 job applications in four Russian cities to explore the differences in response rates across 10 ethnic groups. The project has been supported by the British Academy and the HSE as part of the International Mobility and Partnership scheme.

The results are now available as a working paper:

A.Bessudnov & A.Shcherbak. (2018). “Ethnic hierarchy in the Russian labour market: A field experiment”. SocArXiv. 16 October. doi:10.31235/osf.io/2qzus.

2. The effect of academisation on educational trajectories of children with special needs in England.

Together with Alison Black, Brahm Norwich and Yi Liu we analysed data from the National Pupil Database to estimate the effect of converting English schools to academies on children with special educational needs. The project has been funded by the ESRC’s Secondary Data Analysis Initiative.

Y.Liu, A.Bessudnov, A.Black, & B.Norwich. (2019). “School autonomy and educational inclusion of children with special needs: Evidence from England”. SocArXiv. 7 January. doi:10.31235/osf.io/y7z56.

Research supervision

I am happy to supervise PhD students who want to use quantitative methods to study 1) ethnic inequalities in education in the UK (in particular, using the National Pupil Database), 2) more generally, social stratification, ethnic groups and educational inequalities in the UK, 3) ethnic groups, social stratification, education, and the labour market in Russia.

Research students

 Yiyang Gao: "An Investigation of Ethnic Segregation in English Secondary Schools"

Biography

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.

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