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Internationally Renowned Researchers Attracted to the HSE

On June 15th two new international laboratories which are part of the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, the Laboratory for Economics of Innovation headed by Ian Miles, and the Laboratory for Science and Technology Studies headed by Jean Guinet, were presented at the HSE.

‘As you know, our university has started creating a network of research laboratories as we continue to attract internationally renowned researchers’, Leonid Gokhberg, Director of the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, told the audience in his welcome speech. ‘The two laboratories which we are presenting today have been created to study science, technology and innovation. This is a very important step for us as we move towards the cutting edge of international studies in this area. I am particularly proud of the fact that the laboratories are headed by our long-term friends and colleagues, whose names are well-known in the international academic community. We are planning to organize the laboratories’ work so that it involves the participation of both experienced and novice researchers, both postgraduate and undergraduate students of the HSE. This work has already started, and over the past months has progressed well’.

The Laboratory for Economics of Innovation will be headed by Ian Miles – a prominent British researcher and Professor at the University of Manchester, who participated in the realization of European Commission framework programmes dedicated to the study of innovations in the public sector and industry and foresight of European regional and technological development. According to Professor Miles, the Laboratory will carry out comparative studies of innovative policies, the study of innovative activity of enterprises and institutions as well as new technologies and markets. In addition to this, much attention will be paid to the study of society’s reaction to innovations, the innovative behaviour of consumers and the effect of this on the development and implementation of innovations.

Ian Miles
Ian Miles
Another area of the laboratory’s work is the analysis of knowledge and skills which are necessary for the implementation of innovative policy, including approaches to innovation investment. According to Ian Miles, the process of innovation management should not only bring results, but also be sustainable for the long term. The laboratory’s research will result in publications in leading international journals since among the tasks of the new laboratory will be not only the study of examples of Russian innovation, but interaction with foreign research centers, exchange of successful practices, research technologies and results which can be used for the benefit of the whole research community involved in the problems of innovations. ‘This is an ambitious goal, but it is reachable’ Ian Miles believes.

Together with Professor Miles, another foreign academic will work in the laboratory - Thomas Gstraunthaler, who specialises in research and consulting in finance and audit. The area of his responsibility at the laboratory will be the study of innovation investment mechanisms which are prominent in developed countries as venture capital funds and other investment organizations, but are still poorly used in Russia. Thomas Gstraunthaler previously worked at the Higher School of Economics as a visiting professor from March till October 2010.

Jean Guinet, Head of the Laboratory for Science and Technology Studies, is best known for his work at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He started writing analytical papers for the OECD as long ago as the 1970s, and more recently he has been working as Head of the OECD Directorate for Science Technology and Industry Country Studies and Outlook Division and leading the monitoring of technology and innovative policy in various countries. Incidentally, the most recent of these monitoring reviews was dedicated to Russia.

Jean Guinet
Jean Guinet
Jean Guinet sees the key task of the new laboratory (in addition to the education of young researchers, organization of seminars and improving the university’s research potential as a whole) as the ‘supply’ of adequate information for officials and institutions which are responsible for the development and implementation of innovative policy. In particular, the laboratory will develop methods and tools for evaluating innovative processes and long-term forecasting of science and technology development (in particular, using foresight technology).

Jean Guinet’s deputy head of the laboratory – Dirk Meissner (PhD from the Technical University of Dresden) also has a particular interest in foresight. In addition to teaching and research, for more than ten years he has been consulting in innovation management, industrial policy, R&D and other areas related to technology development.

The heads of both international laboratories emphasized that their work will not be hidden from other university staff members: quite the contrary, they are relying on interaction with other HSE departments and researchers. Leonid Gokhberg mentioned this in his speech. ‘It will be interesting to see how our colleagues react to this new level of research which will be taking place in these laboratories, we shall be absolutely open for cooperation with other laboratories and research centers of the HSE and ready to attract undergraduate and postgraduate students who are interested in this area of research. We will shortly be selecting more new staff for our laboratories’.

 

Oleg Seregin, HSE News Service

Photos by Nikita Benzoruk

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