The social sciences and the humanities are beginning to play an increasing role in technology and innovation studies: it becomes obvious that the long-term social effects of scientific and technological development are important side of it. Similar studies are gaining momentum in Russia. For instance, HSE ISSEK has been measuring public perception of science, technology and innovation indicators in the framework of 'Monitoring the Innovative Behaviour of the Population' for more than 10 years. It latest results were presented by Alena Nefedova at the International scientific-practical conference 'Russian User Studies' (November 29 – December 1, 2018, St. Petersburg).
Results of science and technology development play a major role in people's everyday lives. Statistical measurement is more often focused on economic effects of R&D expenditures, but measuring social impact of science and technology development, and its perception by the population, is no less important. Many countries conduct such studies, including Russia. Data collected in the course of the Monitoring of Innovative Behaviour of the Population conducted by HSE ISSEK since 2009 allows to see how the Russians’ aggregate trust to science was changing over the years.