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Leonid E. Limonov

  • Leonid E. Limonov has been at HSE University since 2010.

Education, Degrees and Academic Titles

  • 2011
  • 2005

    Doctor of Sciences* in Economics and National Economy Management
    RAS Institute of Regional Economy

  • 1988

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD)

  • 1981

    Voznesenskiy Leningrad Financial and Economic Institute

* 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.
* Doctor of Sciences
A post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates in ISCED 2011.

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

April 2023 - January 2024: professional retraining (648 hours) under the program
"Regional Economics and Territorial Management" (St. Petersburg State Economic

October 2019 - September 2021: professional retraining (576 hours) under the program "Nature management and environmental safety of the region" (FGBOU VO "Saint Petersburg State University of Economics");

May 2021: Honorary Professor, Cardiff University (School of Geography and Planning), UK.

March 2020: internship at the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, UK under the Erasmus + program (Staff Training Mobility);

April 2012 - April 2018: Research Professor at the Institute for Economic Research in Halle (IWH), Germany;

February-March 2000: Professional development in the framework of the Russian-American program "Urban Planning", internship at the University of Maryland, USA;

November-December 1994: International courses; University of California, USA:

July 1994: International courses; Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Center for Housing Policy and Urbanization, USA;

November-December 1993: International Monetary Fund Macroeconomic Analysis and Financial Programming Course at the Joint Vienna Institute, Vienna, Austria;

September 1991 - July 1992: British Council Fellowship for 11 months: Intern (Department of Civic Design) at the University of Liverpool, UK;

June 1991 - June 1993: Diderot Scholarship of the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme for 9 months: Postdoctoral studies at Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France.

Research Interests

Empirical studies of the factors and main features of spatial development of Russia, including the
formation of specializations of territories, industrial clusters, characteristics of the population,
its ethnic and demographic composition, and the accumulation of human capital. The role of urban
agglomerations (metropolitan areas) and the assessment of agglomeration effects. Processes of adjusting
the functional and social structures of the city. Analysis of the location patterns of residents and
enterprises in the city, including historical statistical studies, in particular on
St. Petersburg-Petrograd-Leningrad-St. Petersburg in the XIX - XXI centuries. Analysis and development
of methods for territorial strategic planning.

Courses (2021/2022)

Editorial board membership

2015: Member of the Editorial Board (Editor for Eurasia), Area Development and Policy.

Participation in conferences, presentations


  1. Peculiarities of the spatial development of Russia in the XXI century: growth drivers, challenges for territories and state regional policy, 2020, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
  2. Specialization and human capital of territories – analysis of interconnections and impact on the development of Russian regions, 2020, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
  3. Major Factors, Challenges and Prospects for Spatial and Socio-Economic Development of Russia’s Large Cities at the Present Stage, 2019, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
  4. Spatial transformations, population and spatial development management: theory and empirical research, 2018-2020, ICSER “Leontief Centre”.
  5. Institutional characteristics, diversity and dynamics of socio-economic development of Russian cities and regions, 2015-2017, ICSER “Leontief Centre”.
  6. Cultural Diversity and Regional Development, 2015-2016, ICSER “Leontief Centre”.
  7. Cluster Analysis of Economic and Demographic Factors, Determining Development of Post-Soviet Cities, 2013-2015, ICSER “Leontief Centre”.
  8. Analysis of Economic and Spatial Development of Cities and Metropolitan Areas, 2012-2013, ICSER “Leontief Centre”.
  9. Regional Economic Analysis and Diagnostics, 2009-2011, ICSER “Leontief Centre”.
  10. Economic Development of Leningrad Oblast at the turn of the centuries, 2005, ICSER “Leontief Centre”.
  11. Investment policies of real property development in metropolitan areas, 2003-2004, Institute of Regional Economics, RF Academy of Sciences.
  12. Territorial strategic planning in transition economies, 2002-2003, ICSER “Leontief Centre”.



1981-1984 - economist, junior researcher Leningrad Institute for Economics and Finance (LIEF).

1984-1987 - postgraduate study at LIEF. Specialty 08.00.13. Awarded the degree of candidate of economic sciences.

1988-1993 - Assistant, Senior Lecturer, Acting Associate Professor at LIEF (at the departments of statistics and economic cybernetics).

1991-1993 - internships in France (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris) and Great Britain (Liverpool University).

From 1992 to the present - Director-Coordinator of Research Programs at ICSER ​​Leontief Center. He was the head of more than 70 research topics and consulting projects in the field of socio-economic reforms at the regional and local levels, state and municipal administration, regional economic policy. Participated (including as a leader) in a number of large international projects carried out by international consortia of consultants and experts commissioned by the EU, IBRD and other international organizations, as well as Russian ministries and regions.

From 1998 to the present time - General Director of ANO ICSER ​​Leontief Center (part of the research and consulting group "Leontief Center").

2003-2004 - Doctoral studies at the Institute for Regional Economy Problems, Russian Academy of Sciences, defended his doctoral dissertation, awarded the academic degree of Doctor of Economics.

2007 (September) - awarded the Honorary Badge of the Committee of Finance of St. Petersburg (Order No. 214-lk dated September 3, 2007).

2007 (October) - laureate of the International Leontief Medal "For Contribution to Economic Reform".

2005-2010 - Professor of the Department of the State and Municipal Administration, Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg State University.

2009-2015 - Professor of the Department of Regional Economics and Environmental Management, St. Petersburg State Economic University (until 2012 - St. Petersburg University of Economics and Finance).

2012-2016 - Leading Researcher, Center for Market Studies and Spatial Economics, NRU "Higher School of Economics" (Academic Advisor - Jasques-Francois Thisse).

2012-2018 - Research Professor at the Institute for Economic Research in Halle (IWH), Germany.

Since 2010 - a member of the international association RSA (Regional Studies Association), since 2016 - the Chairman of the Russian Division of RSA, since 2017 - Fellow (FeRSA).

Since 2019 - Member of the Expert Advisory Council under the Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation.

2020 (October) - Laureate of the AICEA (Association of Independent Centers for Economic Analysis) medal 2020 "For Merit in Economic Analysis".

Since 2021 (May) - Honorary Professor, Cardiff University (School of Geography and Planning), UK.

Timetable for today

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Cultural Events in Economic Reflection

From July 7 – 13, 2014, the Laboratory of Economics of Culture at the HSE in St. Petersburg held an International Summer School "Impacts of Cultural Events on Small and Medium-size Art-oriented Towns" (ICE – SMART). This was the first summer school organized as part of the master’s programme "Experience Economy: Hospitality and Tourism Management".

An Academic Approach to Cultural Tourism

The International Summer School, ‘Impacts of Cultural Events on Small and Medium-size Art-oriented Towns,’ has begun. Participants of the School include alumni of the Experience Economy: Hospitality and Tourism Management Master’s Programme, undergraduates and graduate students of HSE’s Moscow campus, as well as students, young lecturers and researchers from various universities in Poland, Slovenia, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, and Japan.

The Space of Economics

‘Economics and Geography’ was the topic of the 12th Annual Conference of the series of Leontief Readings which took place from February 15-16, 2013, at the Leontief Centre with the support of the Saint Petersburg government. Theoreticians and empirical researchers looked for answers related to the spatial development of cities, regional inequality and transport.