Attraction of the leading scientists to Russian institutions of higher learning, research organizations of the governmental academies of sciences, and governmental research centers of the Russian Federation


About the Laboratory

This laboratory was established as part of a scientific research project supported with a monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning (Resolution of the RF Government No.220 of April 9, 2010).

Link to the official web-site of the Laboratory

Grant Agreement No.:

Name of the institution of higher learning:
National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University

Fields of scientific research:
Economics and Business

Project goal:

To identify methods and foci of policies designed to improve the socio-economic and emotional welfare of senior citizens using the theoretical and methodological foundations of modern foreign research projects.

Project objectives: 

• To identify the key economic, social, and personal factors that influence subjective welfare of senior citizens.
• To assess the role of common economic conditions in ensuring the welfare of senior citizens, including the parameters of consumer choices and financial behaviour priorities based on cross-country comparisons.
• To measure and evaluate the physical and mental health condition of senior citizens and their determining factors.
• To determine inclinations and needs of senior citizens in productive participation in the labour market or socially meaningful projects. To measure the correlation between the extent of social activity of senior citizens and the level of their subjective welfare.
• To develop techniques for collection and processing of factual data, including sociological surveys and physical measurements.
• To develop techniques that facilitate integration of senior citizens into social interactions and enhance the feeling of emotional satisfaction with their lives.

Anticipated results: 

• A concept of assessment of the economic, social, and emotional welfare of senior citizens.
• Methodological recommendations on determining objective indicators of economic, social, and emotional welfare of senior citizens.
• Methodological recommendations on determining subjective indicators of human behaviour in society.
• A system of comprehensive assessment of the socio-economic and emotional welfare of senior citizens.
• Methodological instructions on monitoring the welfare of senior citizens.
• A method of assessment of the welfare, quality of living, and economic engagement of senior citizens in the region.
• Recommendations on updating the socio-economic development policy and strategy as applied to ensuring the welfare of senior citizens.
• A general model of servicing virtual social networks and their internal infrastructures.
• A technique of measuring the level of welfare of senior citizens.
• A model of social network for senior citizens.
• Training software and service applications for senior citizens.
• A model of favorable environment for senior citizens.

Leading scientist


Full Name: Casati Fabio

Link to the scientist's profile

Academic degree and title:
Doctor of Phylosophy, Professor

Job Title:

Professor at the Department of Engineering and Computer Information, University of Trento, the Commissioner for Innovation at University of Trento,
A Member of the Board at the University of Trento (Italy)

Field of scientific interests:

At the University of Trento, the leading scientist oversees research projects in social informatics and development of barrier-free environments for senior citizens. He coordinates a group of researchers working as part of the international project "" to find solutions that help improve the lives of senior citizens. The research of social welfare of senior citizens spearheaded by Professor Fabio Casati is implemented with direct participation of scientists from Harvard University, Stanford University, and the Swiss Higher Technical School in Zurich.

Scientific Recognition: 

Professor Fabio Casati has authored more than 160 scientific articles published in peer review journals referenced in the Web of Science and Scopus and is a proud owner of 20 invention patents. Fabio Casati has been recognized throughout the world as the leader of the scientific projects implemented by Hewlett-Packard Labs at Palo Alto (USA).

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