On September 19-21, the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) in Delmenhorst held a workshop on “The future of social research in and on Russia and Ukraine”. The event was organized by Dr. Jan Matti Dollbaum und Prof. Dr. Michael Rochlitz and featured presentations by experts on political institutions, economics, protests, and public opinion. Dr. Ekaterina Paustyan, Olga Masyutina and Michael Richter presented their research there.
The goal of the workshop was to discuss challenges that social science and post-Soviet area studies face at the moment: with the start of the war on Ukraine research collaborations were interrupted and the conditions for data gathering in and on Ukraine, Russia, and the wider region have substantively deteriorated. The keynote speaker Volodymyr Paniotto (Kyiv International Institute of Sociology) gave a talk on “Challenges of public opinion surveys in Ukraine under conditions of war”. The participants also discussed the prospects of international research cooperation and empirical research under these dramatically changed circumstances.