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Alexandra Alexandrovna Moskovskaya

  • Alexandra Alexandrovna Moskovskaya has been at HSE University since 2005.

Education and Degrees

  • 1994

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Economic Theory
    Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences

  • 1988

    Lomonosov Moscow State University

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.

Awards and Accomplishments

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  • 2018
    XIX Апрельская международная научная конференция по проблемам развития экономики и общества (Москва). Presentation: Негосударственные организации на рынке социальных услуг в России: международные уроки и первые результаты
  • 2017
    6th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprises (Louvain-La-Neuve). Presentation: Models of social enterprises in Russia from the perspectives of the welfare triangle
  • 2016
    Midwest Political Science Association 74th Annual Conference (Чикаго). Presentation: Professional association as a reflection of professional model: what other countries can learn on the basis of the Russian experience?
  • ISTR's 12th International Conference "The Third Sector in Transition: Accountability, Transparency, and Social Inclusion" (Стокгольм). Presentation: The trajectory of legitimation of social entrepreneurship in Russia: are the social enterprises able to create a new order?
  • 2015
    5th EMES Conference on Social Enterprise (Helsinki). Presentation: Institutionalization of social entrepreneurship in Russia: cross-sector partnership or a business project?
  • 2013
    The 11th Conference of the European Sociological Association “Crisis, Critique and Change” (Турин). Presentation: Professional Associations in Russia: between Market and professional Community
  • 4th EMES International Conference on Social Enterprise (Льеж). Presentation: Social enterprises and their environment: a comparative study of organizations created by internationally recognized leaders of social entrepreneurship
  • 2012
    Профессии в системе права и общества во Франции и в России (Les professions dans le droit et dans la société en France et en Russie) (Guyancourt). Presentation: Variety and specific character of professional models in Russia
  • 2011
    3rd EMES International research conference on soc ial enterprise "Social innovation through social intrepreneurship in civil society" (Роскильде). Presentation: The state and the social entrepreneur in Russia: an accord or a dissonance?
  • 10th Conference of the European Sociological Association (Женева). Presentation: Development of professional knowledge towards social entrepreneurship
  • 2010
    17-th ISA World Congress of Sociology 2010 (Гётеборг). Presentation: The Variety of Professional Models: Russian Experience in the Western Research Context
  • 2009
    9th Conference of European Sociological Association "European Society or European Societies?" (Лиссабон). Presentation: The role of the Russian Business in Formation of a New Professional Model (an Industrial Focus)


Employment history

Director of Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Studies, NRU HSE, Moscow

Graduated from the faculty of Economics of M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University (1988). PhD in Economics (Institute of Economics, Russian Academy of Science 1994). From the moment of graduation till 2005 worked as a researcher at the Institute of Economics RAS. She has been working at National Research University “Higher School of Economics” since November 2005, first as Deputy Director of the Institute for Social Development Studies, and from 2011 to the present – as Director of the Centre for social entrepreneurship and social innovation studies (CSE).

CSE is a research unit of the HSE specializing in studies, training and consulting in the field of social entrepreneurship, social innovation, corporate social responsibility, and the development of the non-government providers of social services.

One of the first in Russia deals with the topic of social entrepreneurship. The beginning of the formation of the team of the future Center for social entrepreneurship and social innovation studies was laid in 2006 with the project "Socpolitika.ru" - expert-analytical platform for interaction between researchers of social policy and NGOs engaged in the social services (supported by the program "Dialogue" IREX, 2006-2009), she was a director of the project. In 2009 in collaboration with the Russian microfinance center she launched a pilot research into the models of social entrepreneurship in Russia supported by Oxfam (UK). In 2008-2010, as part of a group of experts, she conducted an examination of projects submitted to the social entrepreneurship competition of the Russian Fund of regional social programs "Our future", in 2017-2918 – the Fund "Navstrechu peremenam” (“Towards change").

In cooperation with the Fund of regional social programs "Our future", several projects were carried out, in particular – a unique study of the best international practices of social entrepreneurship (2011-2013) and Youth summer school for social innovation (2013, Saint-Petersburg). In 2014 she headed two weeks Summer school for social entrepreneurship start-ups (NRU HSE, Moscow, under support of the Department of science, industrial policy and entrepreneurship of the Moscow city Government). A.Moskovskaya is one of the first winners of the “Force for good” All-Russian annual Award of “Our Future” Fund (2011) for the leadership in the promotion of social entrepreneurship in Russia. In 2011, the first Russian-language monograph on social entrepreneurship "Social entrepreneurship in Russia and in the world: practice and research" (HSE Publishing House, Moscow, 2011) was published under her editorship The monograph includes a description and analysis of 15 international and Russian social enterprises and their business models.

In 2015 CSE under her leadership joined the International Comparative Social Enterprise Model project (ICSEM), which involved more than 40 countries and more than 50 research centers of social enterprises.  In 2015 and 2017 CSE staff conducted two other studies of social entrepreneurship: "Social entrepreneurship in the social services market in Russia: models, actors and ways to institutionalize" (2015, HSE Basic research program) and "Landscape of social entrepreneurship in Russia" (Center for social entrepreneurship and social innovation studies, HSE, 2017). The results were published in Scopus journals: Studies on Russian Economic Development (2016. Vol. 27. No. 6) and " Monitoring Obshchestvennogo Mneniya: Ekonomichekie i Sotsial'nye Peremeny" (2017. No6).

She has published more than 60 scientific works. Membership in professional associations: Russian society of sociologists (RSS), International research network EMES, Association for research of non-profit organizations and volunteering (ARNOVA), the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), the International Society for Third-sector Research (ISTR).

In 2016-2018, together with the Institute for statistical studies and Economics of knowledge, ISSEK HSE was involved in several studies of the impact of the global trends on the Russian economic and social development. She has been an official expert member of the HSE Plan of the applied studies for the cooperation between the Russian Federation and the OECD (OECD Directorate for employment, labour and social affairs).


Timetable for today

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Right now: Can social enterprises be a partner of big business?

We have summarized the results of our survey of social entrepreneurship in Russia.
In the course of the study, 359 social entrepreneurs from 24 regions of Russia, as well as 12 CSR managers of large companies, were interviewed. The aim of the study is to learn about the possibilities of cooperation between social entrepreneurs and big business .We have summarized the results of our survey of social entrepreneurship in Russia.In the course of the study, 359 social entrepreneurs from 24 regions of Russia, as well as 12 CSR managers of large companies, were interviewed. The aim of the study is to learn about the possibilities of cooperation between social entrepreneurs and big business.
"The study is noteworthy not only for the coverage of the heads of organizations with the official status of social enterprises or the assessment of cooperation with them of a large business, but also for the fact that the study was conducted starting from February 22, 2022 and made it possible to measure the temperature of such dissimilar organizations in real and very difficult time, "right now". – says the project manager Alexandra Moskovskaya. - "The work was carried out with the financial support of the RFBR and the BRFFI within the framework of the scientific project No. 20-511-00047 "Investments in social entrepreneurship: barriers and prospects in new conditions (on the example of Russia and the Republic of Belarus)". We will tell you about the results of comparing the situation in Russia and Belarus later."

Visit to HSE Allowed International Students Learn both about the University and Social Entrepreneurship in Russia

On August 30, a delegation of students and instructors from the People's Republic of China visited HSE University. The meeting was initiated by the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation representatives.

When is poverty more important than inequality?

Article of A. Moskovskaya “When is poverty more important than inequality? The difference of interpretations and the situation in Russia”
This article is a response to recent interview of new minister of Economics of Russia Maxim Oreshkin to Kommersant daily, in which the minister associated lowering barriers for the economic growth in Russia with overcoming poverty and lack of human resources. Alongside, he claimed that the problem of poverty is more relevant to the Russian economy than that of inequality.In her article, Moskovskaya A. offers five variants of response to the question what is more relevant – poverty or inequality, depending on socio-economic and political context of a certain country, the relevance of the Russian situation to each variant is discussed..

Russian-American Seminar on Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation

On March 14th, 2016, an Russian-American seminar on social entrepreneurship and social innovation was held at the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Studies. Jeffrey Robinson, Alexandra Moskovskaya, Alexander Chepurenko and several Russian social entrepreneurs took part in the event.

How to provide “New Moscow” with highly qualified work places

With the joining of new territories to Moscow (“New Moscow”), adjustments are needed to the general plan for development of the capital until 2025. On 5 November, HSE hosted the second workshop in the cycle of “New Moscow in the context of agglomeration: priorities and prospects of development”, which involved the participation of experts from the State Unitary Enterprise – Research and Project Institute for the General Plan of the City of Moscow.