The HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK) was founded in 2002 as a part of the HSE and 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 other organisations. These projects involve international comparative studies in science and education as well as information and analytical support for international cooperation. They include projects related to the creation of a transnational S&T cooperation network between East European and Central Asian countries and the EU states; development of a mechanism for joint financial support of academic research, as well as coordination and support of interaction between S&T and innovation systems in Russia and the EU. Several international projects are currently dedicated to strengthening S&T and innovation cooperation between Russia, European Union and CIS, comparative analysis of statistical S&T indicators and national research policies, evaluation of the human resources in S&T and the role of international funds in the mechanisms of academic staff reproduction, technology Foresight studies and development of recommendations for S&T and innovative policy.
The Institute includes an International Research and Educational Foresight Centre, which was nominated as a Regional UNIDO centre for technology Foresight in Russia.
The Institute’s international laboratories — the Laboratory for Science and Technology Studies (head — Jonathan Linton) and the Laboratory for Economics of Innovation (head — Ian Miles) — combine leading international researchers and carry out research in S&T and innovation policy, economics of innovation as well as developing methods and tools for innovation policies.
The Institute includes Mobility and Partnership National Contact Points (NCPs). The tasks of the Mobility NCP include promoting the international mobility of researchers, developing a system of regional information and consulting centres on international mobility programmes, and monitoring Russian participation in the ‘People’ European programme. Partnership NCP provides support to S&T cooperation projects between Russia and the EU as a part of the EU framework programmes for S&T development.
The Institute effectively cooperates with many authoritative international universities, research centers and international organizations, including OECD, Eurostat, European Commission, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNCTAD, the World Bank, IMF, International Science and Technology Center (ISTC), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and others, as well as some national and transnational corporations. The Institute has also signed agreements on cooperation with partners from Europe, North America, Latin America, South and South-East Asia, BRICS and CIS countries.
ISSEK experts participate in many committees and working groups created by governmental bodies and international organisations. They take part in the development of strategic documents, policy papers and regulation initiatives at both national and global levels.
The results of ISSEK’s research are published in analytical papers and statistical data books, many of which are published in English.
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