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Educational research

At the HSE, educational research is conducted in various institutes and centres, laboratories and academic departments.

Booklet "Educational Research at the HSE", 2010

“Education, as a system of forming our nation’s intellectual capital and one of the main forums for producing innovation, builds the foundation for rapid market growth by quickly improving technology and products. This is the first link in the chain of innovation: education – research – venture projects – mass innovative development.

This approach is accepted and not disputed by anyone. This creates the illusion that it is an easy problem to solve. The rise of education leads to expansion of the resource base of existing structural elements. In Russia today there is the real risk that a lot of money will be invested in reproducing the educational system of yesteryear…

It would be a mistake to restore the old system of education, no matter how good it may seem to its graduates. Soviet education was one of the best examples of the industrial era (if not the best). Today, we need to create the best system of education for the epoch of global innovation.

We must support a healthy tradition of national education, assimilating all the best world practices, out of which can grow a fundamentally new system of educational institutions tailored to the needs of the post-industrial economy and 21st century society.”

(Kuzminov Y.I., Remorenko I.M., Rudnik B.L., Frumin I.D., Yakobson L.I., Vokov A.E. 
Russian Education 2020: An Educational Modelfor an Innovation Economy, 2008).


Institute of Education

Established in 2012, the Institute has made the HSE a national leader in education reform and research. The Institute also works to raise the standards of the HSE itself, helping the university develop into an internationally competitive centre for scholarship. The Institute of Education took its current form after bringing together the Institute for Educational Development, the Institute for Educational Content, the Centre of Synergetic Anthropology, the Research Laboratory for University Development and the International Laboratory for Education Policy. 

Research projects (2013-2015)

  • 'Teachers in Russia: Comparative Quality Analysis' is a three-year (2013-2015) comparative analysis of teaching and learning in Russian schools, aimed at strengthening the country’s analytical capacity and promoting high-quality teacher training. Research Director: Sergey Kosaretsky skosaretski@hse.ru
  • 'The Genesis and Trends of Educational Inequality' is a project exploring educational inequality in the post-Soviet era, including the impact of federal and regional policies on school access. This project seeks to identify the effects of different practices, policies and institutional models on inequality throughout the education system. Research Directors: Viktor Bolotov vbolotov@hse.ru and Sergey Kosaretsky skosaretski@hse.ru
  • 'Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)' is a study designed to identify and measure the individual competencies needed for successful social development. This research is carried out within the framework of the OECD’s Skills Survey data collection for the purposes of creating statistical and analytical bases to address education policy objectives. Research Director: Oleg Podolskiy opodolskiy@hse.ru 
  • 'Russian Longitudinal Panel Study of Educational and Occupational Trajectories' seeks to identify and analyze life trajectories, tracking students from early schooling to later career development. This research is aimed at creating and testing methodological measures for longitudinal studies of educational and labour trajectories, as well as assessing the impact of economic, social and psychological factors on an individual’s development. Research Directors: Dmitry Kurakin dukurakin@hse.ru   and Isak Froumin ifroumin@hse.ru
  • 'Transformation and Social Dynamics of Higher Education is an analysis of transformations in higher education with a focus on the relationships and mechanisms of interaction between universities and societies. This project seeks to determine the nature of the basic networks linking universities with their societal surroundings. Research Directors: Anna Smolentseva asmolentseva@hse.ru and Dmitry Semenov dsemyonov@hse.ru
  • 'Student Trajectories in Contemporary Higher Education' is a project aimed at studying student trajectories from the moment of entry into a university until the moment of graduation. The research is being carried out along three main tracks: the makeup of the student body in Russian universities, student engagement and dropout rates/academic failure. Research Director: Isak Froumin ifroumin@hse.ru
  • 'The Economics of Education: Transformation and Expanding Resources' is a project seeking to investigate changes taking place in the economics of education due to expanding resource pools (from information to educational resources). The research has a theoretical focus with an emphasis on the applicability of conceptual models to the Russian context. Research Director: Irina Abankina abankinai@hse.ru
  • 'Education Quality and Economic Indicators: In-depth Analysis' is a wide-ranging study of education quality and student achievement, and the environmental factors that influence educational outcomes. The research pays special attention to Russia in relation to other BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) nations. Research Directors: Isak Froumin ifroumin@hse.ru and Martin Carnoy carnoy@stanford.edu
  • 'Development and Testing of School Rating Mechanisms' is an investigation into public rating and monitoring mechanisms for pre-primary and primary schools. The study aims to identify successful methodologies based on international experiences. Research Director: Sergey Kosaretsky skosaretski@hse.ru
  • 'Development and Testing of Teacher Evaluation Mechanisms' seeks to analyze current contract law and performance review mechanisms for Russian teachers. The research is aimed at developing consistent professional teaching standards. Research Directors: Isak Froumin ifroumin@hse.ru and Artemy Rozhkov airozhkov@hse.ru
  • 'Salary Monitoring in Secondary Schooling' is a study of salary and payment monitoring systems including the legal, organization and administrative structures responsible for teachers’ wages. The research will develop practical monitoring tools for institutions of secondary education. Research Director: Isak Froumin ifroumin@hse.ru
  • 'Development and Testing of Standardized Graduation Exams' is a research project focused on analyzing student preparation for standardized exams at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Research Director: Oleg Podolskiy opodolskiy@hse.ru
  • 'Payment Models for Education Employees' is a study of wage systems for employees of federal and independent educational institutions. The research examines both the legislative regulations and the data on existing compensation practices. Research Directors: Artemy Rozhkov airozhkov@hse.ru and Aleksey Novoseltsev anovoseltsev@hse.ru
  • 'Increasing Museum Access in the Russian Federation' seeks to develop economic and social models to expand access to Russia’s rich museum network. The research focuses on the best examples of Russian and international practice, and their potential application on a broader scale. Research Director: Tatiana Abankina abankinat@hse.ru


Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Stiduies in the Humanities

The Institute for theoretical and historical studies (Russian acronym: IGITI) was established in 2002. In 2010 it was named after Andrei V. Poletayev. Among its research areas is the analysis of educational institutions as ‘places of knowledge’, i.e. the environment and conditions for production, organization and communication of socio-humanitarian knowledge. The main emphasis is made on reconstruction of Western and Russian historical traditions that explain the role of science and knowledge policy in modern society. Accordingly, the research in education is conducted in the following areas:

  • reproduction of intellectuals at university;
  • character of scientific and learning cooperation;
  • disciplinarisation of socio-humanitarian knowledge in educational sphere.


Development of a concept of the PhD programme in the field of humanitarian studies that has been approved and supported by the European Union. This is a joint project prepared in collaboration with 24 foreign partners from Europe and USA.

  • Analytical deconstruction of the “Classical University” notion, definition of necessary conditions and ways of its creation, including ways of political manipulations.
  • Definition of classicalization mechanisms in science and their use in education. 
  • Creation of a concept of the innovative historical education at HSE.
  • Creation of a model of life-long humanitarian education.

International cooperation:

  • Eberhard Karls University in Tubingen (Germany)
  • School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (Paris, France)
  • Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies “Artes Librales” at the University of Warsaw (Poland)
  • George Mason University (USA)
  • German Historical Institute in Moscow (Russia Ruhr University in Bochum (Germany)
  • Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (Germany)
  • Free University of Berlin (Germany)
  • Research Center for Eastern Europe at the University of Munich (Germany)


Center for Institutional Studies

The Center for Institutional Studies(CInSt) was established in 2010 with the goal of creation of a scientific center in the field of institutional economics as a part of an international cooperation network, and promoting international standards of research. We provide conditions and incentives for young and talented university graduates to participate in both scientific and teaching activities at the HSE. Our professional interests are focused on institutional analysis of different markets and sectors of the economy, among them are education, procurement, banking, non-profit organizations  

CInSt has in its structure 4 laboratories and 1 department:



Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge 

The Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK) was founded in 2002. ISSEK provides complex analytical and policy studies focused on S&T, innovation and education, including integration of education and science; assessment of innovation climate; identification of priority S&T areas and national critical technologies; development of new legislation related to S&T and education; and development of complex information systems. According to the agreement between Federal Statistical Service (Rosstat) and HSE, ISSEK produces methodology and analyses for statistics on S&T, innovation, education and ICT in Russia. The Institute carries out research in methodologies of statistics, analysis and foresight of socio-economic trends related to the development of the knowledge-based economy, e.g., in the field of science and technology, innovation, education and training, information and telecommunication technologies. An International Foresight Centre covering a wide range of research and training activities aimed at promotion Foresight activities in Russia and dissemination of best Foresight practices and methodologies in Russia was established at ISSEK.

The Institute encompass the following research centres in the field of education: