Center for Demographic Research

The Dynasty Foundation supported the creation of a modern demographic research center in 2011.
The center was created based in the New Economic School.

The main goal of the Center for Demographic Research is to bring the level of demographic research in Russia closer to internationally accepted standards. This mainly refers to improving methodological instruments and increasing the substantiation of research. The work of the center is oriented to obtaining new scientific results and publishing them in independently refereed scientific journals.

Vladimir Shkolnikov heads the center. Shkolnikov has led the Laboratory of Demographic Data at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Germany) for 13 years.

Vladimir Shkolnikov, head of the Center for Demographic Research

Vladimir Mikhailovich Shkolnikov is the author of 160 scientific publications, more than 120 of them in international journals. He is the winner of the 2005 IUSSP-Mattei Dogan Foundation Award for Comparative Research in Demography. This award is given to demographers in the middle of their career for outstanding contributions in comparative and interdisciplinary research in social sciences. Shkolnikov participated in and led many international scientific projects studying life expectancy and population health in Russia and other countries.
Shkolnikov is a member of the WHO High Advisory Panel on Health Statistics and a codirector of the Human Mortality Database and Human Fertility Database. He is the associate director of the International Journal of Epidemiology and a member of the editorial boards of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization and the Health Metrics Journal.

The members of the Center for Demographic Research are scientists with international experience. It will help prepare a new generation of Russian demographers and raise the prestige of Russian demography in the world.

CDR priorities

  • Modern research team
  • Conducting research corresponding to international quality standards
  • Educational work in the area of demography and population health
  • Informing Russian colleagues, college students, and graduate students about the latest achievements in demography, including CDR's own research on “Population and Health”

CDR research topics

Demographic processes in Russia and Eastern Europe
  • Mortality in Russia and Eastern European countries 1990 to present
  • Strategic scientific project “Cardiovascular Disease in Russia” (together with a number of scientists from Russia, Great Britain, Finland, and Norway)
  • Analysis of the population dynamics of Moscow and other Russian regions and demographic rate shifts due to possible overpopulation
  • Analysis of the impact of alcohol on working-age mortality and birth rate
  • Analysis of life trajectories leading to single motherhood in Russia
In-depth biodemographic research
  • Analysis of epidemiological cohort survival and grading risk factors for Russia
  • Analysis of health status and aging rate of senior citizens based on analysis of detailed biomedical indices in a population sampling
  • Analysis of connection between the education level, health indices, and physiological dysregulation
  • Comparison of aging processes of men and women in Russia and in other countries

Demographic database of the Russian Federation

The goal of the database presented on the CDR website is to provide a free and convenient access to basic indicators of Russian regional statistics of a possibly longest time period for the scientific community. This data is open but is not presented on the official website of the Federal State Statistics Service. Researchers need namely this data for birth rate and mortality analysis in Russian regions.

Educational courses

The CDR members prepared and conducted several basic and advanced level courses:

1. Intensive training courses for researchers, graduate students, and master's students of the second year from Russia and the CIS countries

  • January 2012, January 2013
    Population and health Analysis methods for life expectancy, health, death causes, change decomposition, and interpersonal and intergroup health inequality
  • February 2013
    Statistical analysis foundations in demography Classical and modern methods of mathematical statistics and their application to demographic examples using the R language

2. Courses for the first- and second-year students of the joint bachelor degree studies of the New Economic School and Higher School of Economics

The collective monograph “Demographic methods for studying life expectancy and health of the population” in Russian and English under the editorship of Vladimir Shkolnikov will be completed in 2013. The authors are leading scientists from Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, Lithuania, the United States, Finland, and France.

In the first two years of the CDR, its members published 16 papers in leading scientific periodicals.

Abstracts in Russian for some CDR members' papers published in international scientific journals in the 2000s were also prepared. This facilitated access to these papers by Russian-speaking readers. The collection of the abstracts is regularly updated.

Detailed information about the Center for Demographic Research

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