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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One of the roundtables held during the XIX April Academic Conference featured a discussion of the report on morphology of Russian cities presented by Robert Buckley, Senior Fellow in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School, US. The report looked at what Russian cities look like in terms of population density, how the patterns Russian cities exhibit compare with those of other cities around the world, and what individual behaviours might have contributed to the appearance of a certain pattern.
HSE Graduate School of Urbanism has announced the results of the first international contest for students and young professionals ‘Cities For a Flying World’. The contest took place from May 29 to November 7, 2017 and was a part of the admission campaign for the new Master’s programme of the HSE Graduate School of Urbanism ‘Prototyping Future Cities’.
On November 27, Sonia Guelton, who teaches Real Estate Economics, Public Finance, and Development Economics at University Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC), will arrive at HSE to deliver several lectures over the course of a week at the Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism. Her lectures will cover housing market tensions in the EU, density in housing markets, and the role of public policy in addressing these issues. Ahead of her visit, she spoke with the HSE News Service in depth about her lectures, her research interests, and the lessons she has learned over the course of her career.
On July 17-28 an intensive course titled ‘In-transition lab: Structure as an Urban Catalyst’ by the Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism (Moscow) and the Architectural Association School of Architecture (London) was held at Moscow’s Shukhov lab.
The HSE School of Cultural Studies has designed a museum dedicated to the Soviet-era apartment complexes called Khrushchyovka buildings. The plans of the museum were presented at a meeting held by the Russian Ministry of Culture in Tsarskoye Selo. Under the guidance of cultural studies Associate Professor Irina Gluschenko, undergraduate and post-graduate students began working on the project long before the topic of citywide building renovation became part of public discussion in Moscow.
Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism at HSE is regularly holding events and activities open to the general public. Deputy Dean Vera Leonova told The HSE Look about the goals of such open projects, benefits of collaborations and future plans of the school.
The new academic journal is entitled ‘Urban Studies and Practices’. The first issue came out this September. Now a call for papers for special issue on Migrants and the City has been announced. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2017.
Shukhov Lab, a Laboratory for Experimental Urban Design, has opened at HSE. Participants in a roundtable discussion dedicated to the laboratory’s opening agreed that to create the cities of the future, the present must be analyzed without adjusting to the forecasts.
The HSE Graduate School of Urbanism opens a Laboratory for Experimental Urban Design. At first, it will organize lectures and meetings with experts in urbanism, and in the new academic year, the laboratory will become an educational and research platform. But you can already meet it now – the Open Day will take place on December 15, 2016.