ILO supports conferences at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) with its analysis of COVID-19’s impacts

On 15 and 21 April 2021, the ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia participated in two conferences held at MSU.

News | 22 April 2021

MSU’s university-wide international event, Lomonosov Readings, has provided an annual platform for discussions on the most cutting-edge themes in various disciplines. As part of this year’s Lomonosov Readings, the conference Generations of Economic Ideas was held by the university’s Faculty of Economics on 20–23 April. The ILO Moscow office supported the section titled Labour and Personnel Economics, led by Drs Tatiana Razumova and Riorita Kolosova of the faculty, in the theme Person and Labour: Evolutionary Approaches to Learning, Development and Management. Composed of multiple sessions, the section provided platforms for researchers from Russian and international institutions to exchange their research and views on the transformation of the labour market and social and labour relations in the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, the development of human potential in the context of digitalization, and other timely topics. Kanae Tada, Technical Officer at the ILO Moscow office, delivered opening remarks and reported on the ILO’s latest analysis and estimates related to the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on the world of work, as well as the Office’s policy recommendations for sustainable recovery. During her speech, she emphasized the importance of taking a human-centred approach and of collaboration among different actors for achieving such a recovery. Ms Anisimova, I.A., a representative of the Federal Service for Labour and Employment (ROSTRUD), provided opening remarks and welcomed the presenters and the audience as well.

Prior to this conference, on 15 April, the ILO Moscow office also participated in the 28th International Scientific Conference for Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Young Scientists, named Lomonosov, which was similarly organized by MSU. Lomonosov has provided an annual platform for young researchers at MSU and other Russian universities to showcase their research works and discuss academic and practical themes, and it was held on 12–23 April this year. The subsection The Future of the World of Work and Social and Labour Relations: Opportunities and Restrictions, led by Drs Razumova and Kolosova, focused on the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic and after, digitalization, and other recent changes in the world of work. Young researchers introduced their relevant studies and exchanged their views throughout the day. Kanae Tada of the ILO Moscow office reported on the ILO’s latest analysis of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraged the young researchers to participate actively in the discussions, and took part in the jury.

The ILO Moscow office and the Faculty of Economics of MSU have collaborated for many years on various activities regarding the world of work, including by organizing workshops and publishing journals. The faculty has taken a critical role in providing views from an academic and educational viewpoint. Together with social partners, such a “tripartite+” partnership has been important for the office to promote the ILO’s decent-work agenda as a whole in the Russian Federation and beyond.