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Alexey Novikov Named New Dean of HSE Graduate School of Urban Studies and Planning

Alexey Novikov has been named the new Dean of the HSE Graduate School of Urban Studies and Planning. He will be continuing the work of one of HSE's founders and the School's first dean, Alexander Vysokovsky, who died unexpectedly on December 22 of last year.

Alexey Novikov received his Candidate of Sciences (PhD) degree from the Faculty of Geography at Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1983. He defended his dissertation on regional economics and fiscal federalism before the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Novikov has worked as an instructor at HSE since 2011 and teaches a course on ‘Urban Cultural Landscape.’ He is also the head and co-founder of the company Habidatum, which specialises in collecting, processing, visualizing, and analysing spontaneous data for urban decision-makers. Mr Novikov is also an independent member of an expert council at Vnesheconombank’s Federal Project Finance Centre (FPFC).

Alexey Novikov is the former head of Thomson Reuters in Russia and the CIS. Prior to that, he was in charge of Standard & Poor's office for Russia and the CIS. Before joining S&P, Novikov was the head of the company EA-Ratings, the first independent Russian ratings agency that was founded in 1998 by the Moscow-based non-profit fund Institute for Urban Economics. At EA-Ratings, Mr Novikov was responsible for projects in related to urban infrastructure financing.

In the 1990s, Alexey Novikov was a consultant on local government and fiscal federalism at the Analytical Centre for the President of the Russian Federation (Yeltsin).

Mr Novikov has also been a visiting professor and researcher at Oxford University (UK), Birmingham University (UK), Florida International University (U.S.), Redford University (U.S.), and the Higher School of Economics (Russia).

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