East-Ukrainian Foundation for Social Research, Kharkov, Ukraine (EUFSR) Professor Vil Bakirov has been President of the EUFSR and rector of V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University since 1998 and Head of Department of Applied Sociology at the School of Sociology since 1993. Professor Bakirov is a Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Head of the Board of Rectors of Higher Educational Institutions of the III-IV level of accreditation in Kharkiv region; President of the Sociology Association of Ukraine; Head of the Editorial Board of the “UNIVERSITATES. Nauka i Prosvita” (“UNIVERSITATES. Science and Education”) Journal and other journals (e.g. “Methodology, theory and practice of sociological analysis of modern society”, bulletin the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University ‘Sociological study of modern society: methods, theory, methods”)
East-Ukrainian Foundation for Social Research is a public non-governmental (nonprofit) organization.
It is funded by charitable donations and grants for research activity.
The mission of the Foundation is to support socio-technological and socio-engineering research on the base of contemporary achievements in sociology, economics, political science, law, social psychology, urban problems and other fields of social sciences. The Foundation was founded in May, 1996, at the initiative of sociologists, political scientists and lawyers of V.N.Karazin Kharkiv National University and other scientific institutions, businessmen, media and press organizations, and the local government of the city of Kharkiv.
The main directions of the Foundation's activity are: scientific analysis, diagnostics and prognostication of social, economic, ecological, ethnic and other problems of modern Ukrainian and European societies; sociological and socio-cultural expertise of management decisions, political, economic, social programs of regional, municipal and private management; political marketing, consulting, organizational and informational support of election campaigns; analysis of media market and advertising services; studying of social mechanisms of development of education, science and culture; analysis of consumer's attitude towards the foodstuffs and nonfoods market; informational support of financial, economic and investment activity; expertise and correction of social tension's level at the enterprises with different forms of property, management consulting etc.
East-Ukrainian Foundation for Social Research has wide experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative studies in Ukraine. Foundation collaborates with sociologists, political scientists and other social scientists in different regions of Ukraine. It has a regional and nationwide network of interviewers. Fourteen supervisors (3 PhDs among them) are involved into the network. More than 200 interviewers are involved into the job in total.
East-Ukrainian Foundation for Social Research has resources for conducting focus group interviews and in-depth interviews: an extensive experience in conducting focus groups on various subjects of various membership; a group of professional moderators of group interviews; a special auditory for the focused group interviews equipped with a special equipment (audio and video recorders).
Scholars of East-Ukrainian Foundation for Social Research have a wide range of interests, including societal transformations, migration, civil society activities, problems of identities, media, etc. They have experience of research and publications on these issues and improve their skills by visiting training on relevant topics and are lecturer of such courses as methods of gathering sociological information, methodology and organization of sociological research. focused group interviews, ethical principles of research in sociology and marketing, sociological research methods.
East-Ukrainian Foundation for Social Research has specially equipped rooms, necessary technical equipment and the most recent software.
Dr Alexander I. Kizilov is Executive Director of the East-Ukrainian Foundation for Social Research. He has a PhD in Sociology and is Associate Professor, Head of Department of Methods of Sociological Research, Director of Social and Humanitarian Research Institute at the V.N.Karazin Kharkiv National University. Since 2001, Dr Kizilov has served as Executive Director of East-Ukrainian Foundation for Social Research and Scientific Leader of SME "Applied Sociology". He has previously implemented large-scale research projects concerning the problems of identity, quality of life, health, and has conducted applied research on the real estate market, building materials, food, media and etc. He is an expert in the field of methodology and methods of sociological research, electoral sociology, leads sociological studies in Ukraine and Kharkiv region, and also is involved in realization of a number international projects.
Yana V. Petrova - Scientific Researcher of the
East-Ukrainian Foundation for Social Research, PhD, researcher of the
Department of Methods of Sociological Research of the School of
Sociology of V.N.Karazin Kharkiv National University.
Main scientific interests: migration processes in modern Ukraine; intellectual migration; lifestyle and quality of life.
Irina I. Kuzina - Scientific Researcher of the
East-Ukrainian Foundation for Social Research, MA of Sociology, PhD
student of the Department of Methods of Sociological Research of the
School of Sociology of V.N.Karazin Kharkiv National University.
scientific interests: trust in political institutions in modern Ukraine:
main points and problems of sociological measuring.
Main research projects elaborated and realized by the team of the East-Ukrainian Foundation for Social Research in recent years:
- “HITT-CIS - Health in Times of Transition: Trends in Population Health and Health Policies in CIS countries” (International research project, grant of the EU in the framework of the FP7, research of the state of health of population and public policy in this sphere by quantitative and qualitative methods, 2009-2013;);
- ENRI-East “Interplay of European, National and Regional Identities: Nations between States along the New Eastern Borders of the European Union” (ENRI-East is a large scaled international research project dedicated to the study of socio-ethnic identities in East European countries. This is a study with equally strong theoretical, methodological and empirical components and deploys methods and approaches from a variety of social sciences; 2008-2011;
- “INTAS: Models of Migration in New European Border Regions” (International research project devoted to migration processes and attitudes in five CIS countries: Armenia, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine that are the countries bordering the European Union; 2005-2007).
- “LLH: Living Conditions, Lifestyles and Health” (International research project devoted to exploring of the relation of living conditions, lifestyles and health of the eight former Soviet republics: Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Georgia; 2000-2003).
- "Socio-Economic and Political Mechanisms of Population Migration in the Republics of the Former Soviet Union" (International research project, grant of RSS (Soros Foundation); 1999-2000).
- Kizilov A., Rapoport A., Kizilova K. Academic mobility of Ukrainian students: intentions, involvement and barriers // Methodology, theory and practice of sociological analysis of modern society: Collection of research papers. - Issue 20. - Kharkiv: V.N. Karzіn Kharkiv National University. - 2014. - P. 327-334 (In Russian);
- Kizilov A., Malikova N., Rapoport A., Tereschenko K. System of Health in Ukraine: major trends of development / Public health and social change in post-Soviet states; ed. by P. Bryhadyn [et al.]. – Minsk: Belorussian state university, 2013. - P.305-326(In Russian);
- Murphy A., Roberts B., Kizilov A., Rotman D., Haerpfer C., McKee M. Social capital and problem of drinking in the former Soviet Union. – UK, 2012(In English).
- Bakirov V., Kizilov A., Kizilova K. Hungarians in contemporary Ukraine: identities and representations. - Slovak Journal of Political Sciences. – Vol. 11, № 3, 2011(In English);
- Petrova Y. Social Mechanisms of Intellectual Migration. Perspectives of Research. - Saabrucken, Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing GmbH &Co, 2010 – 210 p. ISBN 978-3-8433-0586-0 (In English).