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Master Program “Urban Development and Governance” starts in 2017




The Post-GraduateProgram "Urban Development and Governance ", aimed at providing studies in the frame-work of the broader direction  “Public Administration”,  is to be launched   in 2017.

The new program is based on the program “Public Administration” existing since 2008. Its goal is to prepare  highly qualified specialists able to participate in the processes of preparation, adoption, implementation, evaluation and expert support for  decision making of public authorities and businesses on  the development issues of cities and urban  territories.  

 The program combines formation of managerial skills with knowledge of urban and regional economies and with mastering of methods of planning and evaluation of programs and projects. The main object of managerial activity of the graduates is the city as a complex socio-economic system, as well as city’s certain territories,  which are being developed not only by the city and local government bodies, public sector organizations, but also by business, expert and urban communities.



 The program is implemented in cooperation with the relevant administrative bodies of Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad oblast, leading research, consulting and design companies in St. Petersburg and two basic departments in HSE: Leontief Centre and the Administration of St. Petersburg Governor.

The partnership with the relevant organizations of St. Petersburg enables  students to study the advanced Russian  and  international urban development management experience, to meet specific problems of urban development, to participate in the processes of grounding and preparing the forecasting and planning documents, large-scale projects and territorial development programs, also at the  research seminar and in specific projects and studies (traineeships within the framework of the research seminars and project work).



The program lasts 2 years.

 Basic courses:

1. Theory and tools of modern Public Administration,

2. Public Sector Economics.

Compulsory subjects of the program:

1. Spatial development and management;

2. Strategic planning of social and economic development at sub-national levels;

3.  Urban economics.

Adaptive courses:

 1.Basic Course of micro and macroeconomics - selected from MOOCs (suggested course "Economics", Kim I.A., Higher School Of Economics: https://openedu.ru/course/hse/ECONOM/);

2. Basic course of econometrics - selected from MOOCs (suggested course "Econometrics", Demeshev B.B.,  Higher School Of Economics:


Special elective courses:

 1. Investment projects in urban development;

2. Innovations in the urban environment management;

3. Budget system and public finance management;

4. Public programs and projects evaluation: methods and techniques;

5. Spatial planning;

6. Regional branding.

Research seminars are focused on the modern methods of managing development of the cities and urban areas, including international webinar "Development of Urban and Industrial Areas".

Partner organizations allow undergraduates to do practical trainings in executive authorities and expert organizations on the basis of their theses, coordinated with the employer.


 The specialists in the field of urban development and management are in demand  in the following organizations:

  •  State authorities of subjects of the RF and  local government bodies responsible for the socio-economic and  territorial planning, attracting  investments, implementing  large projects,  public-private partnerships  and  territorial  marketing;
  • Companies (also with city’s share and  infrastructural state/municipal enterprises), which  implement large-scale projects  of  territorial  development and  reshaping,  engineering and transport infrastructure development;
  • Consulting companies, design and research organizations specializing in the elaboration and justification of planning documentation, regional planning and forecasting, attraction of investment, preparation of investment projects, territorial marketing ;
  • Public sector organizations (city/regional level).

Graduated students wishing to continue their education  may enroll in the HSE Doctoral School (Economics) or in a PhD program in one of our partner universities abroad.


Potential skills and knowledge

Graduating the program implies the possession of specific skills, based on knowledge of modern economic theory, methods of econometric analysis and knowledge of the best Russian and international practice.

Graduates will be able:

  • To  conduct analytical processing of social and economic data on urban and regional development;
  • To make up appropriate forecasting and analytical recommendations on the issues of state and municipal authorities’ activities in the field of the management of urban development;
  • To provide expert support to the elaboration and evaluation of projects and programs for the urban areas development,


Program’s advantages

Lecturers, research seminars facilitators, and curators of project activities are leading practitioners in the field of territorial development: representatives of relevant departments of St. Petersburg and Leningrad oblast Administrations, representatives of the World Bank project offices, other international organizations, investment, real estate development and construction companies .

Some of the compulsory and elective courses, certain modules of  the research  seminars are taught in English with the participation and under the leadership of foreign lecturers and researchers.

 Together with the Graduate Program “Urban Studies and Planning” (University of Maryland, USA)  we have conducted a webinar for three years. In the new program the webinar is planned under the title "Development of Urban and Industrial Areas" and will focus on evaluating the effects of the implementation of transport and infrastructural projects, development of industrial clusters, special zones and other large urban and industrial development projects.

The University and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities provide students with ample opportunities to study during one or more modules in one of the foreign partner universities of HSE, St. Petersburg.