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Research Institutes and Centres



Institute of Demography (Director: Anatoly Vishnevsky)

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Founded in 2007, the HSE’s Institute of Demography (IDEM) views itself as a successor to the Centre for Human Demography and Ecology (CHDE), which was established in 1988 as part of the USSR Academy of Sciences. Today, IDEM is an academic institution whose members have produced numerous studies on the socio-demographic situation in Russia. These studies have been used for Russian government agencies; various UN departments, such as the UN Development Programme, the UN Population Fund, UNESCO; WHO, the World Bank, and other international organizations.

Key areas of research:

  • Development of theories and methods of demographic research;
  • Comprehensive analysis of Russian demographics and the main processes that form it (birth, mortality and migration rates) based on long-term trends;
  • Long-term demographic forecasting for Russia;
  • Research on demographic policy, developing policy measures and evaluating their effectiveness;
  • Study of global demographic processes with an emphasis on developed countries.

'Centre of Development' Institute (Director: Natalia Akindinova)

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Established in 1999, the HSE’s Centre of Development Institute aims to provide quality analysis of the current state of the Russian economy as well as short-term, medium-term and long-term qualitative and quantitative evaluations, including the elaboration of forecasts of both real and financial economic sector development. The Centre uses specially developed tools which are designed to take into account the specifics of the Russian economy when analyzing and forecasting economic processes.

Key areas of research:

  • Macroeconomic analysis and forecasting, and the study of problems of economic growth, the business cycle, and stability of financial and real sectors of the economy to external shocks;
  • Analyzing issues of price and non-price competitiveness of domestic producers on the domestic and foreign markets;
  • Research on the innovative factors of Russia’s economic development;
  • Research on the interrelation between institutional, social and macroeconomic indicators of Russia’s development; implementing an integrated analysis of efficiency in government operations;
  • Evaluating the macroeconomic and industrial impact of public policy decisions, including their influence on production, employment, consumer prices, market conditions for different products, foreign trade and budget revenues;
  • Evaluating the economic efficiency and macroeconomic effect of implementing investment projects under different scenarios of government tariff, tax and budget policies.


Institute of Education (Academic Supervisor: Isak Froumin)

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Established in 2012, the Institute of Education comprises its predecessors, the HSE Centre of Education Policy and the Institute of Educational Development. The Institute conducts research on education, often with international partners, in the context of various academic disciplines – philosophy, sociology, economics, psychology and others.

The Institute undertakes research projects and education-related consulting for Russian state agencies and educational organizations. Finally, its graduate and postgraduate programmes train researchers, analysts and education system management professionals.

Key areas of research:

  • Analysis of international comparative research on education quality: PISA, PIRLS, TIMSS, PIAAC, etc. Draft concepts, programmes, proposals, analytical and expert materials and other documents on education reform
  • Development of new approaches to organizing educational activity and talent development. Carrying out monitoring studies, including longitudinal
  • Study of business mechanisms in the area of education. Analysis and improvement of the legal basis for education

Expert Institute (Academic Supervisor: Evgeny Yasin)

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The Expert Institute was created at the HSE in October 2009.

Key areas of academic activity:

  • Research of industrial markets;
  • Research into the problems of inflation and economic growth;
  • Socio-psychological research;
  • Analysis of structural changes in the economy.


Institute for Health Economics (Director: Larisa Popovich)

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Established in 2010, the Institute for Health Economics undertakes research and provides analysis on current problems of development in the field of health care. Through research, the Institute aims to give a picture of Russia’s health care system and prospects for development, make an evaluation of how effectively its resource potential is being used, instil new medical technology and pharmaceuticals, and introduce new practices in the systems of health care management and finance at federal, regional and municipal levels.

Key areas of activity:

  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of technological and organizational innovations in health care;
  • Analysis of pilot projects on insurance for medicines;
  • Development and implementation of plans to restructure the treatment network;
  • Creation of new ways of self-regulation for organizations working in health care;
  • Development of models of public-private partnerships.


Institute for Industrial and Market Studies (Director: Andrei Yakovlev)

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Key areas of research:

  • Organizational development;
  • Analysis of industrial markets;
  • Industrial surveys;
  • Financial market analysis;
  • Monitoring of enterprise behaviour.

Founded in 1997, the Institute for Industrial and Market Studies (IIMS) is one of the oldest research organizations at HSE. The institute undertakes empirical studies of the behaviour of enterprises, commodity and financial markets, the state of the business climate and the interaction between business and the state.


  • Laboratory for the Analysis of Corporate Governance;
  • Laboratory for the Analysis of Competition and Antimonopoly Policy;
  • Laboratory for the Analysis of Corporate Competitiveness Problems;
  • Laboratory for the Analysis of Financial Markets;
  • Laboratory for the Analysis of the Relationship between Business and Government;
  • Laboratory for the Empirical Analysis of Enterprises and Markets in Transition Economies;
  • International Centre for the Study of Institutions and Development (ICSID).

Institute of Innovation Management (Director: Dan Medovnikov)

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The HSE Institute of Innovation Management (HSE IIM) was founded as part of the HSE in order to carry out research and education in the innovation sphere.

Research activity:

  • Development of methodology and carrying out of research in the innovation sphere;
  • Consultation work for the developers of national, regional and corporate innovative programmes and strategies;
  • Preparation and implementation of educational programmes in innovation management and entrepreneurship (including continuing education programmes).


HSE — Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development (Director: Alexey Ivanov

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The Institute was established in the spring of 2014 as an institutional joint venture between the National Research University Higher School of Economics and the Skolkovo Foundation. Its purpose is to conduct interdisciplinary research in order to identify optimal policy strategies for the transformation of Russia’s legal framework and the global institutions to which it connects.

The scope of the Institute's operations and its research agenda are shaped primarily by the Skolkovo

Foundation which has spearheaded the creation of the Institute. Skolkovo’s main objective is the development of a Russian innovation ecosystem, and that is where transformation of the regulatory and, more broadly, the institutional environment becomes very important for such stimulation of innovation-driven development in Russia as well as in other emerging markets.

Institute of Legal Regulation (Director: Anna Gutnikova)

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The HSE Institute of Legal Regulation was founded in 2009 in order to carry out qualified theoretical and practical legal studies. These studies are aimed at meeting the needs not only of the state, but of other interested parties, including the academic, entrepreneurial and expert communities.

Key areas of activity:

  • Applied research in civil, taxation and budgetary law, as well as education, science and innovation-related law;
  • Legal expertise in complex legal problems following requests from public and non-governmental bodies and organizations;
  • Legal support of projects carried out by other HSE departments (preparation of draft legal regulations; expertise of project results in terms of their compliance with current laws etc.)

Institute of Legal Research (Director: Yuriy Tikhomirov)

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The Institute was founded in 2005 and specializes in research and advising projects in the area of legal support of reforms in economy, public administration and budgetary relations, as well as legal support of the activity of governmental and commercial bodies.

Key areas of research:

  • Problems of law effectiveness, problems of law application;
  • Legal monitoring;
  • Legal support of economic activities, law and economy;
  • Legal means to provide market conditions in the economy; correlation between private and public interests in legal regulation of economic processes;
  • Intellectual property law;
  • Legal status of commercial and non-commercial organizations etc.


Institute of Natural Resource Economics and Environmental Policy (Director: Boris Morgunov)

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The Institute of Natural Resources Economics and Environmental Policy (INREEP) was founded at HSE in 2010. The Institute’s research, projects, and expert consulting work aim to introduce the best European standards and practices based on international experience into Russia to develop new approaches to exploiting natural resources and protecting the environment.

Key areas of activity:

  • Fundamental and applied scientific research, expertise and advisory services;
  • Development of suggestions and recommendations for the improvement of public policy, participation in the preparation of information, analytical materials and expert work for governmental bodies on the basis of research results;
  • Strategic environmental evaluation of key law projects and documents of the RF system of strategic planning;
  • Development of practical recommendations to improve the level of policy harmonization in natural resource management and environmental protection during the development of economic policies, measures of budgetary, taxation, monetary, credit, innovative, investment, customs, foreign economic and other forms and instruments of economic policy, etc.


Institute of Pricing and Regulation of Natural Monopolies (Director: Ilya Dolmatov)

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The Institute of Pricing and Regulation of Natural Monopolies was founded within the HSE in 1995 on the basis of the Pricing Research Institute under the RF Ministry of Economic Development.

Key areas of activity:

  • Methodical support of governmental regulation of power and gas industries;
  • Analysis of economic justification of prices for production and transfer of electric and thermal energy;
  • Expertise of disagreements in the area of governmental regulation of prices between RF executive bodies and organizations carrying out the regulated activities;
  • Analysis of economic justification of wholesale prices for gas;
  • Analysis of effectiveness and evaluation of pricing consequences of investment projects in electric energy industry and gas complex (including the projects of gasification of RF regions);
  • Research in the area of pricing for services of railroad and water transport.

Institute for Public Administration and Governance (Director: Andrey Klimenko)

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Key areas of research:

  • Monitoring of administrative reform;
  • Management by results;
  • Standardization and regulation;
  • Optimization of functions and anti-corruption activities;
  • Increasing effectiveness of the interaction between executive bodies and society;
  • Modernization of the information supply system in executive bodies;
  • Reforming of the civil service.

Institute of Public Resource Management (Director: Boris Rudnik)

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The Institute was founded in December 2010 and is a research department at the National Research University Higher School of Economics.

Key areas of research:

  • Reorganization of public (municipal) bodies and institutions;
  • Attraction of private non-commercial organizations to the delivery of socially important services;
  • Privatization of public (municipal) property;
  • Improvement of administration of public (municipal) property which is under operational management or economic control by legal entities;
  • Improvement of public (municipal) finance management;
  • Improvement of state regulation of financial markets.


Institute of Regional Studies and Urban Planning (Director: Irina Ilina)

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Key tasks:

  • To provide analysis and research to support the Russian Government's plans for socio-economic and territorial reforms and policies to modernise the economy and to prioritise socio-economic development across the Russian Federation;
  • To provide consultation services (with partner organisations) in regional studies, strategic, territorial and city planning and carry out various kinds of socio-economic research, evaluating a region's potential, and devising ways to improve its image and competitiveness;
  • To organise joint efforts between HSE and major Russian companies on projects involved in developing a general coporate position to improve government regulation (including in licensing and taxation) of regional and urban development;
  • To get HSE involved in programmes and events on the development of the Strategy for the socio-economic development of Moscow, and particularly in creating the programme to make Moscow into an international financial centre;
  • o carry out a study of the economic potential and level of socio-economic development in the Eastern regions of Russia, and work on improving the economic mechanisms which enable regional development, and on the creation of infrastructure in Russia's economically depressed regions.


Institute of Security Studies(Director: Alexander Yurchenko)

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The institute carries out research and education related to the security of real economy subjects and professional training in corporate security. As a research centre, the Institute carries out fundamental and applied studies in the areas of contemporary science related to the creation and management of security systems.

Key tasks of the Institute include:

  • Preparing recommendations on developing standards in non-state security for entrepreneurs and NGOs;
  • Studying cutting-edge Russian and international experience in enterprise security and non-state security institutions, and developing recommendations related to this;
  • Developing a theory of complex business security in enterprises according to their specifics;
  • Developing a module system of complex business security in enterprises depending on the economic field, geographical location, own infrastructure and supply chain logistics;
  • Developing a complex security system for the state intervention fund of grain stored in specially organized stocks in RF agricultural regions;
  • Preparing suggestions for additions and changes to existing laws related to the problem of personal data protection;
  • Developing a model e-platform for accumulating and processing data received by enterprise subjects while studying potential counteragents – legal entities;
  • Developing a model software application for automatic control and detection of operations as part of counteracting illegal money laundering and the financing of terrorism;
  • Carrying out long-term studies into the problem of shadow cash turnover aimed at determining regularities and preparing recommendations for governmental bodies.

Institute for Social Policy (Director: Lilia Ovcharova)

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The Institute was founded by the HSE Academic Council as a university research unit to develop basic and applied research, as well as expert review and analytical analysis in the field of social policy at the federal, regional and municipal levels. The HSE Institute for Social Policy was established on January 11, 2016.

The Institute’s mission is to conduct research and development, create scientific databases and disseminate knowledge in the fields of:

  • household and social sphere economics;
  • quality of life and social stratification analysis;
  • state social policy at the federal, regional and municipal levels.

The Institute is responsible for cross-disciplinary cooperation to create information resources, as well as development and examination of strategic documents in the field of social policy decisions.

A.B. Soloviev Institute for State and Local Procurement Management (Director: Natalia Maslova)

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Key areas of activity:

  • Creation of organizational models of the procurement system in federal and local governmental bodies;
  • Development of a concept of interaction between the federal governmental bodies and regional subdivisions during the procurement of goods supply, works and services;
  • Development and implementation of the regulations for works of contracting authorities and special organizations while bidding, quotation and order placements with a sole supplier;
  • Monitoring and analysis of the changes in law in the area of order placements.

Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (Director: Leonid Gokhberg)

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Founded in 2002, the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK) has become an internationally respected team in the field of S&T and innovation policy, statistics, analysis and Foresight.

The Institute’s team has a unique experience in implementing large international projects for the European Union, OECD, Eurostat, UNESCO, UNIDO, the World Bank, INTAS, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), APEC, National Science Foundation (USA), ministries of education and science of Germany, the Netherlands, France, Korea and a host of other organizations.

Key areas of research:

  • Development of theories, methods and practices for statistical measurement in the sphere of science, technology and innovation, education, and information society;
  • Comparative analysis of trends in the development of science, technology, innovation, education, and information society in Russia and abroad;
  • Organizing and conducting specialized statistical and sociological expert research;
  • Research in the field of science and technology and innovation policy;
  • Long-term forecasting (foresight) and definition of priorities in science, technology and socioeconomic development at the federal, regional, sector and corporate levels;
  • Strategies, programmes and roadmaps for innovative development of companies, sectors of the economy and regions;
  • Methodological and organizational support for the establishment and operation of technological platforms and territorial innovation clusters;
  • Organizational and informational consulting support for participating universities and research centres as part of EU science and technology development programmes.


Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities (Director: Irina Savelieva)

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Key areas of research:

  • Historical and Theoretical research which is oriented to the study of the history of ideas and symbolic systems in European culture, analysis of the key categories of social and human knowledge, its historical, culturological, social and anthropological bases and mechanisms of formation;
  • Research of contemporary culture which include general theoretical analysis as well as investigation of specific cultural practices, such as literature, theatre, cinema, television, photography etc.;
  • Research into theoretical sociology.

Founded in 2002, the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities actively collaborates with research centres and individual scientists working in the fields of intellectual history, sociology, historical linguistics, among others. Collaboration is achieved through joint research projects, ongoing open seminars, active participation in publishing projects, organization of conferences, etc. The Institute is also actively engaged in teaching, which allows students to keep up with developments in contemporary research.

The Institute consists of the following five Centres:

  • Centre for the History of Ideas and Sociology of Knowledge
  • Centre for University Studies
  • Centre for the History of Text and Language Studies
  • Centre for Studies of Contemporary Culture
  • Centre for Fundamental Sociology

Institute of Trade Policy (Director: Alexander Daniltsev)

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Founded in 2004, the Institute of Trade Policy (ITP) focuses on applied and basic research, as well as development of expertise in the area of trade policy. The ITP provides support for the use of research results in the educational process, training and retraining of experts in trade policy, attraction of students to the field, and publication of scientific reports, articles, educational materials and other papers.

Key areas of research:

  • Government regulation of foreign economic relations: theory and practice, national and international institutes in this field;
  • Theoretical and practical issues in modern trade policy;
  • Tools of trade policy and its application in Russia and abroad;
  • Multilateral mechanisms for regulating international trade; international economic organizations in a multilateral system of regulation;
  • Russian participation in multilateral mechanisms for regulating international economic relations, including WTO accession and other multilateral mechanisms;
  • Issues in the creation and functioning of trading blocs in free trade zones, customs unions and other forms of regional cooperation: Russian and global practice.

Institute for Transport Economics and Transport Policy Studies (Director: Mikhail Blinkin)

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The Institute of Transport Economics and Transport Policy Studies ITETPS is a research centre at the HSE which was founded in 2011 to provide research, expert analysis and consultancy for government and non-government organisations and other entities.


HSE Moscow

Centre for Cognition & Decision Making (Director: Anna Shestakova)

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Centre for Cognition & Decision Making was founded as a part of the School of Psychology, HSE to develop russian cognitive sciences, as well as to continue establishing interdisciplinary approach in cognitive research. Research conducted within the centre focuses on neuroeconomics, neyrodynamics, psychophysiology and neurobiology of language and speech, theoretical neuroscience.

The centre is currently pursuing several lines of research. These include active and passive decoding of neuronal processes during cognitive and neuroeconomical tasks, understanding the neurobiology behind speech production and comprehension, studying the dynamics of neuronal processes, neuro modelling, creating original technologies in functional brain-mapping, brain-computer interfaces, neuromonitoring, and neuromarketing.

Centre of Comparative Law (Director: Sergey Danilov)

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The Centre of Comparative Law at the HSE Faculty of Law was founded in June 2007.

Key areas of activity:

  • Comparative legal research;
  • Development of methodological materials on the use of comparative legal methods of research;
  • Attraction of teachers and student of the Faculty of Law to comparative legal and country studies.

Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies (CCEIS) (Academic Supervisor: Sergey Karaganov)

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Founded in 2006, the Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies (CCEIS) undertakes research that serves as a major source of information for the Russian government. Its team has maintained its leading position in discussions involving domestic and foreign experts, as well as government and business representatives, particularly with respect to relations between Russia and the EU. Members of the Centre also provide consultations to a number of Russian companies.

Key areas of research:

  • World around Russia: 2017;
  • Global governance issue and the role of government;
  • Relations between Russia and the United States;
  • The European Union and Russia-EU relations;
  • Global energy market;
  • China and Asian countries;
  • The Middle East and Islamic countries.

Centre for Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (Director: Georgy Safonov)

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The Centre of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the HSE was created in 1996.

Key areas of activity:

  • Scientific and applied research in the area of environmental economics and the use of natural resources;
  • Development of courses on the basics of natural resources management, organization of educational programmes and training on topical problems of environmental management.

International Research and Educational Foresight Centre (Director: Alexander Sokolov)

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Specialists of the International Research and Educational Foresight Centre, which was established in 2002, carry out research in the field of long-term forecasting and identification of priorities of social and economic, scientific and technology, as well as innovative development based on Foresight methods. The Centre has access to unique information resources, such as the database of bibliometric data, statistics of science and innovations, and detailed information about foreign foresight projects. The employees of the Foresight Centre are certified under the Foresight methodology programmes of international and foreign organizations, including UNIDO Training Programme on Technology Foresight, Annual PREST Foresight Training Programme, and APEC.

The Centre has implemented a number of projects for the long-term forecast of Russia’s scientific and technological development. It has also elaborated integrated roadmaps for innovative development for a number of industries and major businesses in Russia.

Centre for Fundamental Sociology (Director: Alexander Filippov)

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Key projects:

  • Sociology of space and theory of social events;
  • Constructing a social event in producing and broadcasting of the everyday knowledge;
  • Reflexive monitoring of public places: logics of the place and heterotopology of the space;
  • Sociology of things: investigation of everyday artifacts;
  • Research on the sociology of a modern state and evolution of its specific monopolies.

Centre for Health Policy (Director: Sergey Shishkin)

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The Centre is engaged in research, analytical, and educational activities in the field of healthcare organisation and management.

Main Research Directions:

  • Transforming institutions that organise, manage, and finance healthcare;
  • Creating integrated healthcare systems and developing ways of organising medical care;
  • Developing the industry’s workforce potential and increasing motivation among medical employees;
  • Financially supporting state guarantees for medical care;
  • Developing new forms of co-financing for healthcare using public and private sources; developing new methods for financing healthcare organisations, paying for medical care, and formulating fees in the mandatory health insurance system;
  • Advancing the private healthcare sector and developing new pays for private organisations to take part in state guarantee programmes;
  • Developing methodological and practical issues in gauging the results of medical organisations' activities;
  • Generating a planning methodology in the healthcare systems and restructuring the network of health facilities;
  • Developing medical organisation management;
  • Conducting monitoring research that creates a representative database for the socioeconomic processes in healthcare.

International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences (Director: Oleg Budnitskii)

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The International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences began operating in January 2011.

The key goals of the Centre are:

  • Ensuring the development of fundamental academic research in the social history and sociology of WWII that would be globally acknowledged and, at the same time, integrated in the HSE educational process;
  • Bringing together previously scattered historical studies that promote re-evaluation of the key interpretations of WWII.

Centre for Research and Development of Infrastructure Projects (Director: Victor Kolesnik)

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The Centre carries out scientific research and expert analytical consulting work in the sphere of energy and housing and public utilities. It is involved in reforming these segments of the economy and jointly with the Russian union of industrialists and entrepreneurs, the trade and industry chamber of the Russian Federation and major Russian companies, takes part in projects to improve state regulation of the energy sector and housing and public utilities; it carries out research into the reliability and quality of energy supplies, and the standards and norms of regional and local housing and public utilities services.

Centre for Institutional Studies (Academic Superviser: Yaroslav Kuzminov, Director: Maria Yudkevich)

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The Centre for Institutional Studies (CInSt) was established in 2010 with the goal of creating an academic centre in the field of institutional economics as a part of an international cooperation network. The centre provides conditions and incentives for young and talented university graduates to participate in both research and teaching at the HSE. Its professional interests are focused on institutional analysis of different markets and sectors of the economy, including education, procurement, banking, and nonprofit organizations.

The Centre consists of:

  • Laboratory for Analysis and Modeling of Institutional Dynamics (LAMID)
  • Laboratory for Applied Analysis of Institutions and Social Capital (LAAISC)
  • International Laboratory for Institutional Analysis of Economic Reforms (LIA)
  • Institutional Economics Department
  • Statistics Department

Centre for Labour Market Studies (Director: Vladimir Gimpelson)

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Founded in 2001, the Centre for Labour Market Studies (CLMS) focuses on the specifics of market functioning in transitional economies.

The CLMS pays particular attention to the following issues:

  • Evolution and differentiation of the remuneration of labour;
  • Diversification of forms of employment as a mechanism for the adjustment of supply and demand in the labour market;
  • Influence of the labour law on the functioning of the labour market;
  • Changes in the pattern of demand for professions and qualifications;
  • The educational system and the labour market.

The CLMS is one of the leading Russian centres in labour market studies. Its staff members regularly advise Russian ministries and governmental bodies, as well as international economic organizations and employer associations.

Key areas of research:

  • Russian labour market during the transition period;
  • Professional qualification shifts in the Russian economy and demand for educational services;
  • Human capital – measurements and characteristics;
  • Enforcement of labour laws and its impact on the main parameters of the labour market;
  • Wages: structure, trends and characteristics;
  • Regional aspects of the Russian labour market;
  • Informality on the Russian labour market;
  • Cross-country comparative analysis of the labour market.

OECD-HSE Partnership Centre (Director: Tatyana Meshkova)

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The Information and coordination centre for cooperation with the OECD (OECD-HSE Partnership Centre) has been part of the HSE since 2004. Right now the Centre is a part of the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge. The Centre’s tasks include information and analytical support for cooperation between Russian executive bodies and the OECD, as well as coordinating interaction between HSE educational and research departments and the OECD in their specific fields. The Centre regularly supports cooperation between the Russian Ministry of Education and Science with the OECD in educational, science and technology and innovation policy, including coordinating Russia’s participation in OECD analytical projects.

Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Studies (Director: Alexandra Moskovskaya)

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Key areas of activity:

  • Research, expertise and consulting concerning social entrepreneurship, social innovation, social economy and socially oriented sustainable projects in inter-sector cooperation;
  • Exploration of the innovational and entrepreneurial potential of non-profit, public and for-profit enterprises engaged in solving /or mitigating the severity of recognized social problems;
  • Research into professional groups engaged in social services;
  • Expansion of knowledge in Russian and international best practices of social entrepreneurship, social innovation and their public promotion;
  • Dissemination of research results and elaboration of training programs in social entrepreneurship, social innovation and social efficiency measurement;
  • Attracting researchers, professors and students of Higher School of Economics and other institutes to research and training programs on social entrepreneurship.

Center for Social Organization Research of Labour and Business (Director: Azer Efendiev)

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The Centre for Study of Social Organization of a Firm at the Higher School of Economics was founded as part of the Department of Human Resources Management of the Faculty of Management on February 1, 2010.

Key areas of research:

  • Systems of interaction between staff members and management;
  • Problems of power and participation of various staff groups in the company management;
  • Problems of development and changes in the organizational structure.

Centre for Studies of Civil Society and Non-profit Sector (Academic Supervisor: Lev Yakobson. Director: Irina Mersiyanova)

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Established in 2009, the Centre for Studies of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector has played a key role in both basic and applied research on a range of civil society issues in the context of different academic disciplines. The Centre performs research and produces studies covering an extensive range of issues pertaining to civil society and the nonprofit sector in post-Soviet Russia. Research is based on methodology from sociology, economics, law, political studies, statistics and history.

Key areas of research:

  • Organization and implementation of theoretical and applied research on civil society and the nonprofit sector;
  • Promoting the creation of a modern Russian school for research on civil society and the nonprofit sector.

Centre of Synergetic Anthropology (Director: Oleg Genisaretskiy)

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The Centre of Synergetic Anthropology was created in 2006. This is a joint project between the Higher School of Economics and the Institute of Synergic Anthropology.

Key areas of research:

  • The problem of anthropological evolution;
  • Synergetic Anthropology as an episteme;
  • Critical retrospective of the European human knowledge;
  • Constitution of basic Zen structures and related Buddhist practices.

UNESCO Department on Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Rights at the Higher School of Economics (Director: Mikhail Fedotov)

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UNESCO Department on Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Rights at the Higher School of Economics is a section in the global chain of interuniversity cooperation.

Key areas of research:

  • Intellectual property;
  • Information law;
  • Legal regulation of Internet activities;
  • Building a respectful attitude to intellectual property rights in Russian society , the right to information, freedom of expression etc.

Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism (Dean: Alexei Novikov)

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Established in 2011, the Graduate School of Urban Studies and Planning aims to promote contemporary planning practice in Russia and to further an understanding of the city as a spatial phenomenon of the intersection of peoples and cultures, as well as the reproduction of social and economic relations. It pursues its mission in Urban Development and Spatial Planning, which is based on critical thinking, in-depth knowledge of the methods of social, economic and spatial analysis, planning legislation and the design process for territorial development and city strategies.

Faculty and students study the regulation of construction, the distribution of inhabitants’ occupations and activities over a city’s territory, and the planning of city transport infrastructure.


HSE St. Petersburg

Centre for Applied Research and Development (Director: Evgeny Bezhin)

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Areas of research:

  • Economic development planning;
  • Innovative development of territories
  • Entrepreneurship development and business climate improvement;
  • Conceptual design of investment and innovation infrastructure (special economic zones, territories of priority development, industrial and technology parks, engineering centers, institutions, technological transfer, etc.);
  • Cluster policy implementation;
  • Public-private partnership projects;
  • Sociological studies and opinion polls. 

Centre for Asian and African Studies (Director: Evgeny Zelenev)

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The centre promotes comparative and regional research on Asia and Africa.

Centre for Historical Research (Director: Alexander Semyonov)

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Areas of research:

  • The Russian empire and the Soviet Union
  • Comparative history of empire, colonialism, and nationalism
  • Environmental and technological history
  • Social and cultural history of borders and borderlands
  • Intellectual history and history of science
  • History and anthropology of religion
  • Historical Geography, digital humanities, and GIS

Centre of Innovative Entrepreneurship (Director: Alexander Kaysarov)

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The Centre promotes innovative activity in North-western areas of Russia by involving students, lecturers and researchers in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Centre for Interdisciplinary Basic Research (Director: Alexander Semyonov)

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Centre for Interdisciplinary Basic Research conducts interdisciplinary research, scientific, expert, analytical and consulting activity. The centre is a platform for research startups and successful research teams.

The centre focuses on raising funds and attracting grants of Russian and international research funds and HSE partners. It also organizes seminars, conferences, symposiums and other events.

Centre for Research Management and Academic Development (Director: Natalia Aleshina)

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The centre supports, coordinates and monitors research projects and events.

Centre for Youth Studies of the St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Humanities (Director: Elena Omelchenko)

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Center for Youth Studies at the National Research University High School of Economics was founded in 2009 through a partnership between NRU HSE in St. Petersburg and the “Region” Research Center of Ulianovsk State University within the NRU HSE development program.

CYS is a research center aimed at large scale international projects concerning youth. It represents a fundamentally new academic space, where experienced researchers as well as students from different universities and different countries are invited for creative collaboration. Our main goal is to develop a school for youth research that is incorporated into the structure of international social science.

Key areas of research:

  • initiate and conduct fundamental as well as applied sociological and interdisciplinary research on relevant issues concerning youth practices, spaces, and lifestyles in Russia, Western Europe and Asia;
  • develop practical recommendations for correcting social and youth policy projects in the Russian Federation and other countries and the analytical and information support of corresponding municipal and state structures;
  • develop the comparative component of social research on youth from a national perspective, respecting pre-existing theoretical and methodological theories and practices.


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Centre for Applied Economics


The Centre for Applied Economics focuses on developing new approaches and decisions in corporate and public finance management, strategic planning, marketing and HR management. The Centre also provides consulting services for companies and undertakes public sector research work