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About research at HSE

In today's dynamic and changing world, a better education that meets the challenges of the era cannot merely be the result of relaying and receiving a specific set of knowledge. Accumulation of new skills, continuous generation of new knowledge, and processing received information is a core competency required by experts today. Russian universities in general, and HSE to a significant degree, are based on the concept of social and economic embeddedness in the problems of the local region and the country as a whole. The mission of institutions of higher education has long been to train highly qualified specialists for the regional, Russian economy.

But in overcoming the existing separation between the academic and university sectors to reach a level of research in universities that will allow taking a rightful place in the global academic community, we cannot completely switch off from the national discourse and switch to the supra-national; therefore, the challenge and uniqueness of HSE is the fact that we are balancing between these two objectives, which many people find to be in conflict. We are working to extract synergies from the solutions to these challenges. We work in such a way that the challenge of globalization does not give rise to conflict but rather brings benefits for the development of the region, market and the entire country. The Higher School of Economics focuses on supporting and promoting the research activities of each and every employee.

The university is committed to ensuring that each faculty is involved in developing the scientific component of its field. Thus, separate institutions – both disciplinary and interdisciplinary – have been established to achieve greater efficiency in meeting the target goals. The result of the overall effort was HSE’s entry into the 51-100 group of the QS rankings in the area of Development Studies. The Higher School of Economics is the only Russian university ranked in this category. HSE is also the only Russian university to be ranked in subject groups such as Economics and Econometrics and Sociology (151-200 group). Philosophy is the fourth field in which HSE is ranked (151-200 group). This rating specifically reflects research achievements; it is built only on the performance and reputation of research achievements in specific subjects. In total, four indicators are calculated: academic reputation, employer reputation (based on surveys), citations per article and the h-index.

Basic research aims to develop social sciences and make use of the university’s research potential to solve key social and economic problems. All research projects, both in the stage of development and following their completion, pass through a system of independent, external review. From 2006 to 2013, the total number of projects grew by a factor of more than 10. Most of these projects concern health care, education, social welfare, microeconomics, and economic and technological development.

Applied research has allowed the university to build a strong model for collaboration between academia, business and society. By commercializing research innovations and forecasts, and by completing projects commissioned by state institutions, state-owned companies and private business, the HSE has become one of the largest research and innovation centres in the country in the social and economic sciences.

Monitoring studies, carried out by the HSE serve as a source of relevant information for state agencies, the mass media and other researchers. Among the most commonly cited are Monitoring the Business Climate for the Real and Service Sector Enterprises, the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS), and Monitoring Enrollment in Russian Universities.

The HSE regularly hosts academic discussions in which international experts take part. The most notable event is the annual April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development. Researchers from Russia and abroad attend alongside heads of the Russian government, Russian Presidential Administration, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, as well as the major Russian and foreign companies.

Research divisions at HSE

HSE operates more than 100 research institutes and centres, and more than 20 international laboratories led by foreign scholars, including the Nobel laureate Eric Maskin and the Fields medal laureate Andrey Okunkov. Separate institutions – both disciplinary and interdisciplinary – have been established in order to achieve greater efficiency in meeting the target goals.

HSE Research Institutions, 2013–2016


The number of publications by our scholars in leading Russian and international journals is continuously increasing.

Publications by HSE staff in leading periodicals, 2009-2015

Number of publications by type. Publications in Scopus, 2015.

Top 10 journals by the number of publications. Publications in Scopus, 2014.

The list of academic fields in which the university’s researchers are achieving notable results is expanding.

Top 10 areas of research by the number of publications. Publications in Scopus, 2015.

The Higher School of Economics publishes 23 academic journals under its own name.

HSE Research Journals, 1992–2016.


Our staff

The Higher School of Economics was the first state-run university in Russia to begin recruiting on the international academic market. We proceed from the understanding that the university, which responsibly approaches the training of new professionals, should select as teachers people who have real experience, as well as basic and applied knowledge.

HSE’s Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) regulates all the main hiring procedures for international recruitment and coordinates the activities of internal and external experts under search and selection committees in each discipline.


foreign instructors



HSE Staff, by campuses: