Yuriy Savelyev

Yuriy Savelyev

Senior Research Fellow

Lugansk National University, Lugansk (Ukraine)

Associate Professor
Lugansk National University, Lugansk (Ukraine)

Associate Professor
National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv(Ukraine)

Head of Department of Doctoral and Post-Graduate Education
National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv(Ukraine)

Research Fellow
Taras Shevchenko national University of Kyiv, Kyiv(Ukraine)

Senior Research Fellow
Taras Shevchenko national University of Kyiv, Kyiv (Ukraine)


M.A./B.A. (Honors) equivalent degree
Eastern-Ukrainian State University (Ukraine)

C.Sc. (Ph.D. equivalent degree)
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kyiv (Ukraine)

Annual advanced professional training in sociology
Junior Faculty Development Program of the US Department of State, Sam Houston State University (USA)

Advanced professional training in sociology
Carnegie Research Fellow, Boston College (USA)

Social Change, Values, Civic Engagement and Inclusion in European Societies

Research Fields:
Social Sciences, general

Previous and Current Research

Dr. Savelyev’s research tests a modernization model (Welzel, et al., 2003; Inglehart, Welzel, 2010) for Central and East European post-socialist countries and answers a question what should be done for successful development of Ukrainian society.

It is demonstrated that high levels of poverty and social inequality are a main barrier for development of Ukraine and a cause for social tension. Using a method of linear decomposition of a trend (Firebaugh 1989; 1992) in logistic regression statistical modeling, it is found that despite the fact that there are fewer people who share post-materialist values compared to other East European countries, Ukraine, nevertheless, also encounters a latent fundamental shift from traditional materialist value priorities towards emancipatory post-materialist orientations.

Based on the research results one can predict that the increase of well-being and a corresponding rise in a sense of existential security among the population will accelerate the change of values that will create opportunities for political and civic participation and more effective control over the state institutions. Comparative analysis indicates that emancipatory value orientations were a significant predictor of political participation in Ukraine as well as in Germany and Poland but not in Russia and Belarus. It terms of the modernization model these findings allow moderate optimism in the assessment of the prospects of development of Ukrainian society.

Discovered significance of historical effect in value change leads to a substantial elaboration of the existing modernization model. The efforts of the national government, local authorities, international organizations, civil society should be directed at assistance to Ukrainian people in becoming capable social agents and escaping “the poverty trap”. Thus, the purposeful and competent policy of Ukrainian government, true institutional reforms, restriction of “crony capitalism” rent-seeking practices and social inequality reduction provide a chance to modernize Ukrainian society successfully and abate social tension.

Selected Publications

Yuriy Savelyev
Decomposition of Value Change in European Societies in 1995-2008: Test of Modernization Model and Socialization Hypothesis
Sociológia, 2016, Vol. 48, No. 3, pp. 267-289. (in English)

Yuriy Savelyev
Comparative Analysis and Assessment of the Level of Development of Contemporary Societies: The Prospect of Theoretical Synthesis
Bulletin of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv: Sociology, 2016, No. 7, pp.15-22. (in Ukrainian)

Yuriy Savelyev
Cohort Analysis and a Problem of Differentiating the Components of Social Change: Method of Linear Decomposition of a Trend
Sotsiologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2015, No.10, pp. 130-135. (in Russian)

Yuriy Savelyev
Social Inclusion and Exclusion as Forms of Social Interaction: Heuristic Potential of Sociological Concepts
Ukrainian Society, No. 4(55), 2015, pp. 61-74. (in Ukrainian)

Yuriy Savelyev
Social Inclusion in the Assessment of Social Quality: Practices of Participation in Ukraine in the 2000s
Bulletin of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv: Sociology, 2015, No. 6, pp.5-15. (in Ukrainian)

Yuriy Savelyev
Contradictions of the Current Theoretical Interpretations of Social Development, Social Evolution, Modernization and Social Change
Sociology: theory, methods, marketing, 2015, No.3, pp. 59-74. (in Ukrainian & Russian)

Yuriy Savelyev
Emancipative values and tolerance in the context of modernization of Ukrainian society
Ukrainian Society, No. 1(52), 2015, pp. 68-81. (in Ukrainian)

Yuriy Savelyev
Critical Assessment of Development of a Modernizing Society in Eastern Europe: Latent Risks for Social Inclusion
Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences, Vol. 7, No. 10, 2014, pp. 1775-1793. (in English)

Yuriy Savelyev
Factors and the relationship of political, civic and social participation in European societies
Sociology: Theory, Methods, Marketing, Vol.3, 2014, pp. 56-72. (in Ukrainian & Russian)

Yuriy Savelyev
Value Component of Modernization Processes in Contemporary Ukrainian Society.
Kyiv: Institute for Economics and Forecasting NAS of Ukraine, 2014. (with co-authors, in Ukrainian)

Yuriy Savelyev
Modernization and Variations in Emancipative Values in European Societies in 1995-2008: Test of Inglehart’s Socialization Hypothesis
2014, Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 48/SOC/2014 SERIES: SOCIOLOGY. Available at Social Science Research Network (SSRN)  http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2479869## (in English)

Yuriy Savelyev
Value Foundations of Active Civic Engagement as Manifestation of Social Inclusion in the Process of Modernization
Ukrainian Society, No. 1(48), 2014, pp. 66-77. (in Ukrainian)

Yuriy Savelyev
Main types of public life participation in European countries
Sotsiologicheskie Issledovaniya, No. 12, 2013, pp. 64-71. (in Russian)

Yuriy Savelyev
Multidimensional Modernity: Essential Features of Modern Society in Sociological Discourse
Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 11, 2013, pp. 1673-1691. (in English)

Yuriy Savelyev
Modernization and Pseudomorphosis
RSC Research in Social Change, Vol. 5. Issue 1, 2013, pp. 64-92. (in English)

Yuriy Savelyev
Participation and Political Regimes in Contemporary Europe: Comparing Non-EU ‘New Eastern Europe’ with ‘Old’ and ‘Recent’ EU Member States
Bulletin of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv: Sociology, Vol. 4, 2013, pp. 9-15. (in English)

Yuriy Savelyev
Participation as expression of social inclusion in the process of modernization: Ukraine in the European context (1999-2010)
Ukrainian Society, No. 2(45), 2013, pp. 77-98. (in Ukrainian)

Yuriy Savelyev
The Value Dimension of Social Development: Contradictions of Values Change in a Process of Modernization
Problems of Sociological Theory, Kyiv, 2013, pp. 34-41. (in Ukrainian)

Yuriy Savelyev
Social Inclusion as Dimension of Social Development: Problem Formulation
Proceedings of National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Vol. 135, 2012, pp. 25–33. (in Ukrainian)

Yuriy Savelyev
Contradictions of the Concept of Social Exclusion and Inclusion: An Impact of Socio-Political Discourse on Sociological Theories
Bulletin of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv: Sociology, Vol. 3, 2012, pp. 33-31. (in Ukrainian)

Yuriy Savelyev
Sociology in a Quest for the Essence of Modernity: Systematization of Theories of Modern Society and Modernization, Sociology
Theory, Methods, Marketing, Vol.3, 2012, pp. 45-67. (in Ukrainian & Russian)

Yuriy Savelyev
Modernization and Peculiarities of Gender Transformation in Ukrainian Society
Problems of Sociological Theory, Kyiv, 2012, pp. 203-209. (in Ukrainian)

Yuriy Savelyev
European Integration and Trends of Development of Eastern European Borderland
Proceedings of National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Vol. 122, 2011, pp. 71–79. (in English)

Yuriy Savelyev
Assessment of Conceptual Grounds of the Policy of Social Inclusion in the European Union
Sociological Studies, Vol. 11, 2011, pp. 164-176. (in Ukrainian)


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