HSE Launches Two International Laboratories together with NES and Skolkovo
The HSE will study Russia’s economic history together with colleagues from the New Economic School (NES). The project with Skolkovo will address problems of law and social development in the contemporary world. International researchers will be involved in both laboratories.
The International Laboratory of Russian Economic History has been established by the HSE together with its old partner – the New Economic School. This is not the first joint project between the two universities: the HSE/NES Bachelor of Arts Programme has existed for several years now. The new laboratory will be headed by Simeon Djankov, NES Rector and former Minister of Finance of Bulgaria (he will be Academic Supervisor), and Andrey Markevich, professor at NES (he will be Head of the Laboratory).
‘Russia’s economic history offers rich opportunities to develop economic theory and carry out economic analysis’, Simeon Djankov believes. The country’s wide geography, for example, allows for regional comparisons and a better understanding of cause-and-effect relations in certain economic processes.
The laboratory will study Russian economic history over the last 300 years – from Catherine the Great to the most recent transitional period. One of its most interesting projects will reconstruct Russia’s historical GDP and gross regional products of its localities.
The other laboratory, the International Laboratory of Law and Development, which has been organized by the HSE and Skolkovo, is also not being created from scratch. In 2013, the HSE and Skolkovo prepared Russia’s first complex study of how the institution of intellectual property influences the country’s economic development. The study was presented at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
The laboratory will bring together economists, lawyers, sociologists, and political scientists.
The HSE’s Joint Department with the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service at the Faculty of Law will be a partner of the new laboratory. The laboratory will launch several courses, one of which will be led by Harvard professor Roberto Unger, a renowned Brazilian researcher. Alexey Ivanov, Director of the Skolkovo Department of Legal Policy and Social Development, will head the laboratory, and Leopold Specht, a renowned Austrian lawyer, entrepreneur, and lector, will be its Academic Supervisor.
The first International Conference on Social Neurology in Environmentally Sound Conditions, organized by the International Laboratory of Social Neurobiology of the Institute of Cognitive Neurosciences and Aalto University will be held online on June 21-23, 2021. The HSE News Service spoke with conference organisers and some of the key speakers in the run-up to the conference about its agenda and some research highlights.
Researchers have yet to evaluate the entire impact of COVID on mortality. However, it is now possible to discuss the first results of some initial studies. The HSE International Laboratory for Population and Health held a webinar ‘The First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Russia (April 2020—March 2021)’. Although the Russian total mortality rate increased during that period, it was Slovakia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Poland that topped the list. The lowest growth in the mortality rate was observed in South Korea. Meanwhile, researchers have failed to detect a lockdown-induced baby boom anywhere in the world.
HSE University is accepting applications for the three-year project competition for the creation of international laboratories. The winners of the competition will receive annual funding of up to 13 million roubles to conduct research from 2022 to 2024.
The HSE Laboratory for Neurobiological Foundations of Cognitive Development (Neuropsy Lab) is one of 13 winners of the HSE Mirror Laboratories Competition and the only lab headed by an international faculty member. The Neuropsy Lab’s partner institution is the Scientific and Educational Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Art Technologies based out of Ulyanovsk State University. The HSE Look spoke about this collaboration with the lab’s head – Dr Marie Arsalidou, Associate Professor at the HSE School of Psychology.
When Risks Are Too High: The International Centre of Decision Choice and Analysis on the Outcomes of Its Work
In the more than 10 years since it was established, the HSE International Centre of Decision Choice and Analysis has travelled a long way from a laboratory to an academic centre of gravity for globally renowned scholars.Fuad Aleskerov, Professor in the HSE Faculty of Economic Sciences and Director of the HSE International Centre of Decision Choice and Analysis, spoke about the evolution of the centre’s team, its research activity, and solving Arctic dilemmas through the use of mathematical models.
HSE University researchers have identified the genes that play a crucial role in breast cancer metastasis. The results of the study were published in the journal PLOS ONE.
In celebration of Russia’s Year of Science and Technology, we continue our series about HSE University’s international laboratories, which are headed by world-class scientists and scholars. The first of these, the Laboratory of Algebraic Geometry and Its Applications, was established in October 2010. Below, Laboratory Head Dmitry Kaledin discusses the Lab’s history, research, achievements, and current activities.
In Russia, 2021 was declared the Year of Science and Technology. HSE has always paid special attention to the development of science, and more than 40 international laboratories have played an important role in the development of the university as a world research centre. One of the University’s first such laboratories was theRonald F. Inglehart Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR), named after its academic supervisor at the time, American sociologist and political scientist Ronald Inglehart. HSE News Service spoke with LCSR Laboratory Head and professor of sociology Eduard Ponarin (HSE – St. Petersburg) about the Laboratory’s work over the past decade.
During the pandemic, countries have endeavoured to protect their citizens without hurting their economies with excessive restrictions. At the seminar ‘Living with Covid-19: Optimal Lockdown Policies’, Hubert Kempf, academic supervisor of HSE University’s International Laboratory for Macroeconomic Analysis, presented a mathematical model that can be used to calculate the optimal level of restrictions.
On January 25, 2021, an International Laboratory of Bioinformatics opened at the Faculty of Computer Science. The main goal of the laboratory is to determine the role of alternative DNA structures in the genome.