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'HSE ICEF Has a Diverse Team of Enthusiastic People'

As described by one of the original ICEF team members, Oleg Zamkov, ICEF Deputy Director and Academic Head of HSE and University of London Double Degree Programme in Economics, the success of ICEF was in choosing the right moment for the start and finding the right people, both academics and administrators. It would also be unimaginable without the advice and support from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), especially Richard Layard, who helped design several key elements of the curriculum for double degree programme, Richard Jackmanand Amos Witztum who made a significant contribution to ICEF idea implementation.

Today, ICEF is proud to be academic home to over 20 international researchers with PhD degrees in economics, finance and social sciences, representing different countries and continents: Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Ukraine, Argentina, Australia, and India.

Emiliano Catonini, Assistant Professor

When I applied to ICEF, I was interviewed first at the conference which both I and ICEF colleagues attended, and I got invited for a presentation of my research and lecture to Moscow. I saw that ICEF was a good place to work at because they really invested the time and effort in understanding my work, which can be very technical at times and even though they work in a different area of economics and finance. This spoke to me of a good and lively research environment which strives towards excellence, and this impression came to be true. I teach two courses that I like, namely Game Theory for ICEF Bachelor programme and an Advanced Microeconomics course for Masters’.

We have many people at ICEF who do great research in different fields and students who are interested in doing more than just learn during the classes, so we try to pull these two resources together in order to get students do quality research. We can show to the students where the research frontier is, but the direction in which to cross it is to be found by them. They acquire the tools to do something new, both at the very practical and technical level. Our students pursuing PhD studies and academic careers at the best academic institutions will help ICEF to have a stronger connection with the rest of the world not only through our faculty members, but also through our students as ambassadors of ICEF and its research reputation.

Udara Peiris, Tenured Associate Professor

Given that I had the privilege to teach very motivated and brilliant students at Oxford, I was looking for a similar environment with students who have the potential to be world leaders in whatever they do. My PhD advisor, Prof Dimitrios Tsomocos, is a long-time friend of ICEF, and I had come across several ICEF graduates in the UK, so I knew how strong they were. It was very important for me because I did not want to be in a place where I had to simplify what I taught but wanted to be in a place where students would be pushing me to learn more and be at the cutting edge. I think that leadership of HSE and ICEF has a great strategy for making them a premier research institution, and it gives me a lot of confidence in the research potential of ICEF. I feel that this environment will support and encourage me to pursue my research interests and ultimately grow with the university, and, in turn, help it grow.

I've been involved with Advanced Research Programme at ICEF, which is a project we set up three years ago, and ICEF Director Sergei Yakovlev was very supportive and encouraging of this endeavor. We wanted to encourage ICEF students to think seriously about going on to PhD programmes, because they are definitely among the best in the world, but more importantly, to start seeing their institution as a place where you learn how to learn.

The Advanced Research Programme holds several meetings and conferences for the students around twice a year where they present their research and get feedback from other students and faculty. They work closely with ICEF faculty and do quite outstanding research, which would be suitable for a PhD thesis. Even if they go to work in the industry, these analytical skills will be useful.

Kosmas Marinakis, Assistant Professor

ICEF is a very good part of HSE, which is a good university – it has goals, it has people who look ahead and try to make the university better. I am glad to play my part in promoting ICEF and HSE through research, thus contributing to its advancement. I like that we are an active group of researchers, and we have a very good research climate, and ICEF cares about the results and actively tries to help us. I was lucky to have mentors from top European universities which were brought to ICEF and who help us improve on both teaching and research. I would say that it is difficult to find better students than the ones at ICEF. I’ve taught in top universities in the U.S. and Europe, but ICEF students are amazing. One would have to teach at Harvard or similar level institutions to get a comparable level of students.

Alexei Boulatov, Tenured Full Professor

First of all, I liked the spirit and atmosphere, as ICEF has a diverse team of enthusiastic people. The endorsement of ICEF by London School of Economics was quite important for me, too, and I think for many it matters a lot.

The idea of ICEF was to create an institution that fits the best international standards of education in Economics both in terms of curriculum and procedures, and academic governance structures are crucial for developing such a project. It was very important to me that ICEF has been cultivating such academic self-governance.

Carsten Sprenger, Assistant Professor

When I arrived at ICEF in 2007, there was a plan to develop it further into an institute that combines economic research at best international standards with high-quality teaching. We felt that we could have a comparative advantage in the area of financial economics. Research requires resources, such as data, research assistants, and most importantly a network of scholars who can give advice or could become collaborators on some projects. One way to attract good scholars was to establish an annual conference. Together with Christian Julliard from the LSE, the academic director of the Laboratory, we have been organizing such a conference every year since 2011.

As far as the topics are concerned, every faculty member has his or her own research agenda, and we are few people whose research overlaps only to a small extent. Rather, it has been a vehicle to get access to those resources that we need and to connect us to the international network of researchers. Grant funding allowed us to bring visitors for research collaboration, such as Professors Dmitry Livdan from University of California at Berkeley, Norman Schuerhoff from University of Lausanne and Bart Taub from the University of Glasgow, and many seminar speakers.

In addition to the faculty members, students also benefit from the laboratory: those who worked as research assistants got hands-on experience in data work, econometric analysis, programming and bibliographical search, to name a few skills. Moreover, all students benefit from the availability of databases, many of which were acquired by HSE upon the initiative of members of the Laboratory, and use them for their Bachelor’s and Master’s final research papers. 

Read more articles about ICEF in The HSE Look July 2017 issue

See also:

'Conferences Publicly Push Important Research to New Levels'

During his visit to ICEF, Sergey Tsyplakov, a professor in finance at Moore School of Business of the University of South Carolina, delivered a lecture to students and contributed to ICEF-CInSt 11th International Moscow Finance Conference as a keynote speaker. In this interview, Sergey shares what surprised him about ICEF students, why scientific paper reviewing may not always be objective, and why people on Wall Street read academic research.

Mathematicians and Practicing Surgeons to Fight Venous Diseases

One million people in Russia suffer from venous diseases. The ‘Intelligent data analysis for healthcare information systems’ Mirror Lab project brings together expertise in mathematics and medicine in order to better diagnose various conditions in phlebology. Project leader Vasilii Gromov talked to The HSE LooK about its achievements and prospects.

An Economics and Engineering Approach to Energy Supply Development in Remote Areas of Russia

Ilya Dolmatov, Director of the HSE Institute of Economics and Utility Regulation, heads a Mirror Lab project titled ‘Models of Energy Infrastructure Development in Russia’s Remote and Isolated Territories’ and implemented together with a university in Irkutsk. Why is energy efficiency a particularly pressing problem in remote territories? How can economics and engineering work together to solve it? Ilya Dolmatov addressed these and other issues in his interview for The HSE LooK.

Two Russian Regions Cooperate in Migration Studies as Part of Mirror Labs Project

What does Kaliningrad Oblast, an exclave Russian territory, have in common with Perm Krai, a region in the Urals? How do researchers use digital humanities methods to study migration? Sergei Kornienko, Leading Research Fellow at the Group for Historical Research (HSE University-Perm), heads the Mirror Lab project ‘Migration as a factor of social transformation of Soviet regions during the post-war reconstruction period: an analysis through digital humanities’. In this interview for The HSE LooK, he talks about this collaboration.

HSE University Collaborates with University in Southern Russia to Compare Values and Identities across Generations and Regions

Is there a system of values that is common to the whole population of Russia? Do values differ across generations? Is it possible to carry out research among refugees? HSE University researchers joined forces with their peers from Kuban State Technological University to study values and intercultural relations across Russian regions as part of a Mirror Labs project. The HSE LooK talked about this cooperation to Nadezhda Lebedeva, Director of the HSE Centre for Sociocultural Research, who heads up the Mirror Lab project, and project participant Victoria Galyapina, Leading Research Fellow at the same Centre.

Harnessing Synergy

Through its Mirror Laboratories project, HSE University develops collaborations with academic institutions across the country. Today, it includes 22 ongoing projects in partnership with 20 universities in mathematics, computer science, economics, sociology, biology, history and many other fields. Marina Litvintseva, Director for Advanced Research at HSE University, coordinates international and mirror laboratory projects. In this year’s second issue of HSE LooK, she talked about the development of mirror laboratories and the future of the project.

ICEF Graduates Celebrated at HSE Cultural Centre

The class of 2022 faced the difficulties of the pandemic, moving to the new campus in Pokrovka, and completing their studies in a difficult geopolitical climate. This year's graduation ceremony was held at HSE University itself, allowing the graduates to celebrate their achievements together with their families, whose support was praised by HSE Rector, Nikita Anisimov, as well as hear praise from other members of the HSE management team.

IT at HSE Perm: From Academic Projects to Commercial Research

Aleksey Kychkin, Head of the Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Empirical Studies, spoke to the HSE Look about his background, industry projects the lab has been doing, and student involvement in research.

‘Our Strength Is in Our Interdisciplinarity, Both Methodologically and Practically’

What are the necessary digital competencies for students of humanities? Where can they apply their knowledge and skills? What projects in digital humanities are currently underway at HSE University Perm? Dinara Gagarina, HSE University-Perm scholar and the national representative of Digital Humanities Course Registry, answers these and other questions in her interview with the HSE Look.

HSE University in Perm: ‘We Help Talents Develop in the Region’

Galina E. Volodina has been the Campus Director in Perm since 1997. Under her leadership, the Perm campus has turned into the major player in shaping the region’s future—be it general education, retaining of talents, or R&D. In her interview for the HSE Look, Galina Volodina shares how HSE Perm’s development agenda has been altered and what are its current priorities.