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Irina Meyer-Olimpieva


    August 17, 2015 — November 20, 2015

    Professional affiliation

    Senior Researcher, St. Petersburg Center for Independent Social Research; Former George F. Kennan Fellow

    Wilson Center Projects

    Combating Corruption in Russia and Ukraine: the Roles of Civil Society and Media

    Full Biography

    Irina Meyer-Olimpieva works at the Center for Independent Social Research, St. Petersburg, Russia as a senior researcher and the Head of the Research Department “Social Studies of the Economy”. She received her PhD in Economic Sociology from the St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance. Her basic research interests are in the field of economic sociology with a particular focus on post-socialist transformation. Her recent research has focused on industrial relations and trade unions, informal economy and corruption, small business and business association. She has also studied science and innovation system in Russia and in particular institutional transformation of soviet science after socio-economic reforms. Irina Olimpieva is the author of about fifty articles in Russian and international journals and a monograph (“Russian Trade Unions in the System of Socio-Labor Relations Regulation: Particularities, Problems, and Research Perspectives”, 2010)

    Major Publications

    • Background Corruption in Small and medium-Sized Business. Russian Politics and Law, July-August 2009, P. 28-43
    • Corrupt Intermediaries in Post-Socialist Russia: Mutations of Economic Institutions (with Pachenkov, O.) Europe-Asia Studies Volume 65, Issue 7, 2013, p. 1364-1376
    • Russian Unions as Political Actors (with Robert W. Orttung). Problems of Post-Communism, vol.60, no. 5, September–October 2013, pp. 3–16.