Irina Dezhina's research interests are focused on modern Russian science policy and creation of the national inovation system. Her project at the Kennan Institute breaks away from the traditional focus on politics and society in civil society by reorienting attention to the sciences, a domain that has been shadowed by more public displays of civic identity.
The goals of the proposed project are to study conditions for development of civil society institutes in science and to suggest, based on critical analysis of American experience, possibilities for adaptation of principles, approaches and measures encouraging growth of civil society in Russian science. Originality: there are almost no studies of civil society in the context of institutional structure of Russian science.
The project includes, first, study of evolution and current operations of institutes of civil society in American science that set a model for Russian newly established research societies; second, the analysis of the role of American foundations and international organizations in promoting civil society in science. Based on research findings the scope of adaptability of the U.S. experience to Russian practice will be assessed.