HSE University is pleased to announce a call for proposals with reports to take part in the 25th Yasin (April) International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development (25th Yasin Conference).
The key events of the 25th Yasin Conference will be taking place in Moscow from April 23 to 26, 2024.
Reports on new research results will be presented and discussed as part of the Conference’s sections. These reports will be selected through reviews of proposals. Furthermore, the Conference’s programme traditionally features expert discussions of the most pressing economic, social, internal and external issues in the format of roundtablesand associated events.
Proposals to present a report at the Conference may be filed until Tuesday, January 23, 2024. Applications for attending the Conference as a participant can be submitted until Friday, April 19, 2024. Further details are available on the Conference website in the section for 'Participants'.
The Conference’s events will be held in Russian or English. Certain discussions will be bilingual with simultaneous translation services provided.
With a view to involving participants from Russia’s various regions and all over the world, as well as bearing in mind that certain epidemiological restrictions still may be in effect, next year’s Yasin Conference will be held in a hybrid format.
Proposals for taking part in the Conference with a report will be focused on the following areas:
- Asian Studies
- Corporate Finance in the Context of Global Challenges
- Demography and Labour Markets
- Data-Driven Economy
- Economic Methodology
- Financial Institutions, Markets and Payment Systems
- Firms and Markets
- Geography and Geo-information Technologies
- Healthcare Studies
- Instrumental Methods in Economic and Social Studies
- International Relations
- Law in the Digital Age
A key trend in today’s world developments includes amplified presence and enhanced opportunities for the states from among the global majority. Today, such countries assertively state their intention to reconsider the global product’s distribution, while also tapping into sufficient and, more importantly, constantly expanding resources, thereby allowing them to reinforce their rising ambitions with actual measures. This is an ongoing and irreversible process, which itself spurs the necessity in integrated research of Asian countries, from Northeast Asia to the Middle East, as well as their economic, socio-political and cultural features. In this sense, Asian Studies as an academic field becomes a key component in scientific and practical analysis of developmental trends in the entire system of international relations, Asian countries’ ability to promote the consolidated agenda for cooperation and integrate it with global processes, along with adjusting the latter to their own interests. In the wake of recent global events and Russia’s ‘turn to the East’, thus making Russian state proactively seek closer and more diversified ties with Asian and African countries, relevance of Asian Studies as a research and academic field becomes self-evident.
Asian Studies become even more important as the new global order is being shaped, along with the emergence and development of polycentricity and new major economies, quality changes in the role of the global majority and countries and regions dominated by it, as well as regional and subregional institutions. These topics, in addition to many other key issues, will be covered during discussions under the Asian Studies section, including the methodology for Asian Studies as an independent academic field.
Speakers will be invited from the Jawarharlal Nehru University (India), Fudan University (China), Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in Abu-Dhabi, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Center for Information and Arabian-Russian Studies, Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies in Riyadh and other academic organizations. Furthermore, a joint session on Iran and Russian-Iranian relations is planned with colleagues from Allameh Tabataba’I University.
Demography and Labour Markets
This section addresses a wide range of issues related to demographic development and trends within the labour market. The demographic development sessions will feature discussions about the shifts in demographic processes and structures, socio-economic aspects of demographic trends, population forecasts and models, demographic behaviour, population data sources, regional and national demographics and demographic and migration policies.
The job market sessions will explore a broad spectrum of topics, such as employment, unemployment, wage setting and differentiation, inequality within the job market and the development of labour market institutions. Participants will also examine the impact of digital transformation on the job market. Special attention will be paid to special aspects of job market operation in the context of population aging and its connection to education and the overall health of the population.
Proposals should detail the outcomes of original research. We also welcome interdisciplinary original research projects at the intersection of economics with other sciences.
Keywords: labour market, employment, unemployment, wages, job satisfaction, labour mobility
This section welcomes papers addressing various aspects of the digital economy, including the following topics:
- digital maturity of economic and social sectors;
- digital transformation of the economy and society, e.g., as applicable to sectors, companies and regions;
- technological trends in the data-driven economy;
- promising business models based on digital technologies;
- assessing the current state of the data-driven economy and its individual aspects (e.g., development and implementation of AI-based technologies);
- international rankings for digital development;
- assessing the effects of digital technology implementation;
- state policies in the data-driven economy;
- digital skills and digital literacy among citizens;
- engagement of the general public in the digital environment and factors contributing to digital inequality.
HSE University’s Centre for the History and Methodology of Economic Science will be coordinating this section. We welcome proposals addressing various issues related to the history and methodology of economic studies, along with interdisciplinary research at the intersection of economics and other sciences. This year, we aim to emphasize the interplay between economic science and economic policy. Russian and international scholars will be invited to take part in the section.
Extending the discussions on education traditionally featured at the Yasin Conference, this section will include various special events and presentations highlighting empirical research findings. This year, the section's focus will centre on two research topics proposed for discussion: the development of human potential through education, with a special emphasis on analysing the regional context, particularly in the Far East and the Arctic regions, and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools in education. These discussion areas align with both the current agenda of education studies and HSE University's research priorities, as reflected in the University's key projects, including projects undertaken by the Human Capital Multidisciplinary Research Centre, the AI Research Centre, Strategic Project No. 1 and the new Strategic Project No. 5. For the first topic, we invite colleagues to actively participate and present their research focusing on fostering independence and proactivity, cultivating universal competencies, addressing inequality and promoting the psychological well-being of all participants in the educational process. A round table on the use of AI in education will be organized as a central event for discussing the second topic. International experts are invited to take part in the session, and preliminary agreements have been made for colleagues from the Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence in Education at East China Normal University, along with representatives from Beijing Normal University and Tsinghua University to join the discussion.
Keywords: education, artificial intelligence in education, development of human potential, regional analytics
Financial Institutions, Markets and Payment Systems
Key areas: banks, insurance, financial instruments, financial markets and investments, electronic assets and Central Bank Digital Currencies, systemic risks and crises, innovations in banks and finance. Combined round tables (discussions) may be held on digital assets, ranking agencies of the BRICS+ countries and innovations in banking and digital finance.
Firms and Markets
The session invites speakers with theoretical and empirical papers addressing the following topics:
- corporate governance;
- corporate finance;
- behaviour of firms in domestic and global markets for goods and services; investment, innovative and organizational behaviour;
- global value chains;
- competitiveness of firms in domestic and global markets;
- relations between firms and state authorities at various levels;
- industrial market structures and corporate integration;
- development issues on regulated markets;
- ESG practices and corporate performance;
- firms and markets in the energy transition period, adaptation of companies to sanctions.
The list of tentative topics for papers submitted for discussion at the conference includes:
- analysing factors influencing healthy lifestyles;
- accessibility of medical services;
- effective use of resources in healthcare systems;
- developing organizational, administrative and financial structures for the provision of medical services;
- comparative analysis of healthcare reforms in Russia and other countries;
- innovations in the governance of medical organizations;
- impact of changes in work arrangements and remuneration on the performance of medical employees;
- co-financing of medical services by citizens.
Instrumental Methods in Economic and Social Studies
- This section will showcase presentations on the use of formal methods and Big Data analysis in social sciences. Topics up for discussion will include, without limitation, the following areas:
- big data analysis in economics, business and politics;
- decision-making tools based on big data analysis;
- using big data for solving economic tasks;
- using current mathematical methods in economics, business and politics;
- mathematical, imitative and numerical simulations;
- intellectual tools and shells;
- instrumental means for supporting platforms and ecosystems;
- multiple-agent systems;
- modelling socio-technical systems;
- models and methods for managing social networks and network structures;
- big systems monitoring and analysis tools.
The formation of a new international order has entered its decisive and most acute stage. A distinctive feature of the modern period is the formation of the World Majority, which is a set of countries of the world striving to increase their independence and ability for sovereign development. The leaders of this process are such powers as China, Russia, India, the largest countries in Africa and Latin America, and the Arab states. The formation of alternative transport and logistics, trade and financial systems is increasingly active, allowing various states to participate in globalization without the threat of becoming an object of economic war from the West.
Against this background, in theoretical terms, such basic problems as the shaping of political identity in different regions of the world, sustainability of international institutions in the context of the formation of a new world order, the role and development of the Global South in the global politics, as well as special aspects of foreign policy culture at the present stage of development of the international relations system, become increasingly relevant. Such issues as regionalism in Asia and the politicization of contemporary development issues in the countries of Central Asia deserve special attention. Finally, the issue of applying sanctions in different regions of the world, including sanctions imposed both by Western and non-Western countries, still remains relevant.
In practical terms, it is necessary to comprehensively consider the ongoing global changes in the world policy in order to determine its key features, as well as formulate a clear foreign policy for Russia in the context of global geopolitical turbulence. The main attention should be paid to the new leading powers at the global and regional level: China, India, Turkey, and Iran.
Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policy
Reports covering research in macroeconomics and macroeconomic policies may be submitted for review for the section. Papers may be theoretical or empirical. Priority is given to works, which describe economic mechanisms and support in making decisions for shaping economic policy amidst a turbulent global economic background and restrictive sanctions. In a new context, such policies should aim at ensuring social stability, lessening the effects of negative shocks and cultivating conditions conducive to improving the welfare of households.
Those reports are prioritized that focus on issues faced by open economies with a significant share of raw materials exports in aggregate demand, as well as vast territories and regional heterogeneity in terms of economic development. As such, reports may also consider Russia's economy as its research focus, or any other countries and regions with similar features of economic development.
Research should be carried out on the basis of contemporary economic theory and quantitative analysis methods drawn from academic literature.
Proposals must meet the following requirements:
- inclusion of research question considered by the work;
- novelty or innovative character;
- explanation of the author’s(‘) contributions to the relevant field of academic literature;
- what recommendations for economic policies may be provided on the basis of this work.
Report topics may cover the following fields, but may go beyond them:
- monetary and tax policies in light of high volatility of revenues;
- economic implications of internal and external shocks caused by various reasons;
- differentiation of countries, sectors and regions in terms of the level and pace of production growth based on the analysis of institutions, geography, international trade and financial markets;
- support of sustainable economic development in the context of a slowing global economy, Geopolitical risks and new environmental agenda;
- dependence on the exports of natural resources and approaches to economic diversification;
- impact of inequality in the distribution of income and human capital on economic development both domestically and at the regional level.
Proposals addressing a wide range of pertinent theoretical and practical issues related to business and management will be considered within this section. The key topics align with the priority research areas outlined in HSE University’s Development Programme Up Until 2030:
- current trends in management studies: new business models and strategies;
- managing sustainable corporate development and ESG strategies;
- digital transformation of business: methodology, trends and technologies;
- transformation of HR systems and HRM strategies;
- transformation of marketing strategies in the face of new conditions;
- international business and new global challenges;
- supply chains and logistics transformation, operational corporate performance;
- innovation management: new approaches and challenges.
We invite proposals that centre on a comparative analysis of political institutions and processes in Russia and other countries, employing both qualitative and quantitative methods. Additionally, we encourage a focus on the use of contemporary methods in computational social sciences to study political processes and phenomena.
We also welcome papers addressing various issues related to comparative and global policy, political theory, political behaviour, political culture, political methodological research and other aspects.
Law in the Digital Age
The rapid development of digital technology today brings about substantial changes across all facets of public life and government operations. As a fundamental tool for regulating social relations, law must navigate these changing conditions while ensuring effective and human-centred implementation of advanced technologies. These trends pose significant challenges for legal and interdisciplinary research, coupled with real-world transformations, which calls for thorough consideration and discussion among legal experts. During this section, we will delve into various issues related to this agenda, including legal frameworks for public-private partnerships in the context of the digital economy, challenges arising from the application of AI amid the comprehensive transformation of the legal system, the role of lawyers in the digital sphere and various issues related to the deployment and utilization of digital tools in specific sectors of legal regulation.
Science and Innovation
Presentations addressing the most promising STI developments both in Russia and internationally will be featured in the Science and Innovation section. This will include discussions on national and regional science, technology and innovation policies, the technological advancement of industries and enterprises, technological sovereignty and the choice of priorities in research development, among other related topics.
Culture and Society
The “Culture and Society” section has been a part of the Yasin (April) International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development since 2010. The sessions in this area will focus on advanced research on the interactions between culture and society. Papers on either the objectified (cultural institutions, rituals, etc.) or subjective (values, identities, etc.) aspects of culture are welcome.
The expected format of report abstracts is specified in the section “For participants with a report.” Please note that the abstract must contain a description of the research question, the data used, and the results obtained. If the report is accepted, the abstract will be posted on the conference website to attract the attention of potentially interested participants. So, we recommend that the abstract language be accessible to a wider academic audience.