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Our partnership with Kyiv International Institute for Sociology - an important time for cooperation with our colleagues in Ukraine

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A formal co-operation agreement has been made between the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) and the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex, UK.

ISER Director Professor Peter Lynn said: “ISER has a proud history of providing advice and support to research institutions around the world and I am delighted that we are able to support our Ukrainian colleagues as this tragic time. We are determined to play whatever small part we can in ensuring that research in Ukraine survives and thrives. KIIS are well-placed to provide survey data that can help the world to understand fully the impact of the Russian invasion on people’s lives. ”

As institutions committed to high-quality research for the purpose of informing society and driving positive change, KIIS and ISER agree to provide mutual support and to seek opportunities for collaboration. We have already experienced successful co-operation in the past (specifically, in the context of exit polling at the Ukrainian parliamentary elections of 2012). In current circumstances, we recognise that the relationship between our institutions is imbalanced, but we hope that this may change in due course.

Activities falling within the remit of this agreement may include, but not be limited to:

  • inviting members of the other institution to attend seminars and conferences without charge;
  • hosting research visits by members of the other institution;
  • providing advice, comment, or quality assurance, as appropriate;
  • collaborating on funding applications or other joint activities of mutual benefit.

Read the BBC interview with Professor Volodymyr Paniotto, KIIS Director, on his research about Russian support for the war in Ukraine

About KIIS

KIIS is a private Ukrainian company which works in collaboration with the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”. KIIS was founded in 1990 as a research center of Sociological Association of Ukraine and transformed into private enterprise in 1992. We were a pioneer in the establishment of sociological research standards in Ukraine. Our innovations in Ukrainian sociological research are: the first manual for interviewers and interviewer’s training in 1992; the first face-to-face interviews and focus-groups in 1992; the first national software for statistical data analysis in 1990; the first software for sample design in 1993.