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Dr Alexey Bessudnov

Senior Lecturer (Sociology), Director of Education

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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.

Recently completed and ongoing projects:

1. Ethnic groups on the Russian social media.

VK, the largest Russian social media website, provides an API that can be used for downloading data for social research. However, VK does not record users' ethnicity. In a recent working paper we developed an ML-based method to code perceived ethnicity with the data on personal names collected on VK.

A.Bessudnov et al. (2021). "Predicting ethnicity with data on personal names in Russia". SocArXiv. 19 October. [DOI]

2. Ethnic intermarriage in Russia.

With Christiaan Monden from Oxford, we used data from the Russian census to look at ethnic intermarriage across several cohorts and cities in Russia.

A.Bessudnov & C.Monden. (2021). "Ethnic intermarriage in Russia: The tale of four Cities". Post-Soviet Affairs 37 (4): 383-403.  [DOI]

3. 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. (2020). “Ethnic discrimination in multi-ethnic societies: Evidence from Russia”. European Sociological Review 36 (1): 104-120.  [DOI]

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Research interests

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

Recently completed and ongoing projects:

1. Ethnic groups on the Russian social media.

VK, the largest Russian social media website, provides an API that can be used for downloading data for social research. However, VK does not record users' ethnicity. In a recent working paper we developed an ML-based method to code perceived ethnicity with the data on personal names collected on VK.

A.Bessudnov et al. (2021). "Predicting ethnicity with data on personal names in Russia". SocArXiv. 19 October. [DOI]

2. Ethnic intermarriage in Russia.

With Christiaan Monden from Oxford, we used data from the Russian census to look at ethnic intermarriage across several cohorts and cities in Russia.

A.Bessudnov & C.Monden. (2021). "Ethnic intermarriage in Russia: The tale of four Cities". Post-Soviet Affairs 37 (4): 383-403.  [DOI]

3. 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. (2020). “Ethnic discrimination in multi-ethnic societies: Evidence from Russia”. European Sociological Review 36 (1): 104-120.  [DOI]

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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