Leveraging Russia - talent abroad in Social Sciences: Evidence from a Survey
General Sociology Department Higher School of Economics Moscow, Russian Federation
Social - Economic Systems and Social Policy Department Higher School of Economics Moscow, Russian Federation
Centre for Economic and Financial Research New Economic School Moscow, Russian Federation
Country's science and humanities talent abroad (hereafter referred as the diaspora) proved to be a crucial resource for transformation of higher education and innovation systems at home in countries such as China, Taiwan and India. Middle income economies such as Chile, Mexico, Argentina and South Africa are experimenting in that direction with substantial promise.
Further development of social research in Russia depends, to a large extent, on its integration into the current international debate - that is why connecting with Russian academics abroad is so important. However, little systematic information exist on Russia´s diaspora in social, economic and business disciplines, and relevant policy agenda focuses solely on the immediate return of the talent to Russia. On the latter point, appropriate leveraging of high achievers "tenured individuals" can be just as effective, if not more effective (recent complain of Taiwan authorities that because of the overwhelming return of its talent, they are actually loosing vital connections to the Silicon Valley is emblematic in this regard).
To fill this information gap, the Higher School of Economics (www.hse.ru) and the New Economic School (www.nes.ru) together with the World Bank conducted the study of the Russian academic diaspora, specifically those working in the social sciences. The research has two main goals: 1) identifying ways to strengthen cooperation between international and Russian academic communities, 2) creating a contact database of those academics and professionals who might be interested in such cooperation. The main results of the research are proposed in this paper.