This direction of the Centre’s activity began to take shape in the mid 1990’s. Even today this concentration is represented through studying such socially vulnerable groups as people living with HIV, drug users, the elderly, orphaned and disabled children, as well as children from at-risk families. These research projects aim to study everyday life and ways of interaction between members of these groups with government and non-government institutes. The projects also strive to develop recommendations for lowering barriers and bettering the quality of life for members of socially vulnerable and excluded groups. The CISR team devotes particular attention to analyzing concepts of “vulnerability” and “norms”, (re)producing the symbolic border between “sickness” and “health”, and studying methods of constructing social problems in the Mass Media and various discourses.