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How to choose a lab?

Some are of the opinion that first-year students cannot engage in research or analytical work. This is total nonsense!

Staff at our campus’ labs and scientific centres are ready to meet you! Do you want to take part in conferences or summer schools, or even find a place for an internship earlier on? Then, we suggest you follow these three steps:

  • Step 1

    Find out what the labs and scientific centres at HSE University-St. Petersburg actually do;

  • Step 2

    Select a lab or centre closest to your academic interests;

  • Step 3

    Get in contact with lab and science centre staff and find out about projects you can take part in!

Students can work as interns at any laboratory! You can learn more about starting your academic career here

International Labs and Projects

The Center for Markets Studies and Spatial Economics focuses on economic theory and empirical analysis, based on new models for open market systems.
Head of the Centre: Sergey G. Kokovin.

This Lab is the central Russian scientific institution engaged in comparative research on such topics as problems of subjective welfare, nationalism, religiosity, migration, values, human development, trust and informal relations.
Head of the Lab: Boris Sokolov

The goal of the Lab is the creation of new bridges between corporate behavior models, normative conceptions of cooperation and fair division, for instance, in particular, in regards to their algorithmic and asymptomatic aspects.
Director of the Lab: Ekaterina Aleksandrova.

International Laboratory of Intangible-driven Economy

This Lab brings together experienced academics and young researchers from HSE University, as well as European and American academic institutions. The research group at HSE University-St. Petersburg carries out projects in regards to digital business models and corporate and market digital transformation.
Head of the Lab: Angel Barajas.

The Lab engages in analysis in regards to the development and the study of characteristics of semiconductor quantum-dimensional hetero-structures, laser microresonators, optical electrics for optical communications systems, optical integrated circuits, optical meters, micro-sensors based on micro-emitters and other applications. Furthermore, its staff are now engaged in the creation of experimental equipment, which allows to combine optical research with high spatial and temporary resolutions, as well as analysis of the high-frequency characteristics of compact optical electronic devices.
Head of the Lab: Natalia Kryzhanovskaya.

The Lab is a new multidisciplinary platform for developing international and national analysis of economics and public health, as well as issues relating to the reform and management of health care.
Head of the Lab: Alexander Nesterov.

Scientific Laboratories and Centres

The Lab studies and develops models of cooperation between individuals and groups and information, information technologies and other users. Its interdisciplinary team relies on knowledge derived from social, behaviour and cognitive sciences, as well as the advanced computer science methods, including machine learning and computation linguistics.
Head of the Lab: Olessia Koltsova.

The Centre implements a wide range of international projects concerning youth issues, as well as operates as a new academic space, which can offer unique opportunities for experienced researchers and students form various institutions and countries to engage in collaborative work.
Director of the Centre: Elena Omelchenko.

The Centre analyzes highly complicated issues, attempting to comprehend and explain how complex political systems operate as they encompass several hierarchies of power and management. Furthermore, the Centre analyzes decision-making processes, the implementation of policies, how reform activities proceed in such systems and much more. This not only covers theoretical analysis but also applied research.
Head of the Centre: Irina Busygina.

The Centre aims at the systematic development of methodologies and approaches to global, comparative and transnational history in various spheres of historical research.
Director of the Centre: Adrian A. Selin.

The Lab develops and carries our various research projects concerning the impact of cultural events on the development of regions, gastronomical branding of tourist destinations, personnel training systems for entrepreneurship in the creative industries, excursion services and the development of creative potential in cultural tourism.
Head of the Lab: Valery Gordin.

The Lab’s concept places a particular focus on the joint development of two areas – environmental and technological history. Through the development of these areas, we engage in a productive interdisciplinary dialogue with economists, sociologists, ecologists, geographers and engineers. The transnational historical research of the North and the Arctic, as well the Baltic Sea, is at the forefront of our analysis.
Head of the Lab: Alexandra Bekasova.

The Lab is focused on conducting research in promising fields in logistics and supply chain management with intense application of digital and computer technologies.
Head of the Lab: Valery Lukinskiy.

The core objective of the Lab concerns the development of contemporary analytical sociology of education and science, as well as comparative social research in a global context, including the cultivation of theoretical models and their empirical verification, along with the development of new analytical instruments and the implementation of original empirical research.
Head of the Lab: Daniil Aleksandrov.

The Centre engages in interdisciplinary research, analytical, expert and consulting activities, primarily focused on raising grants from Russian and international scientific funds, as well as funding from the campus’ research partners. In addition, the Centre holds research seminars, conferences, symposiums and other events, often involving foreign specialists.
Head of the Centre: Larisa Tsvetkova.  

The Centre for Data Analysis and Machine Learning was formed in partnership with JetBrains Research. It carries out analysis, as well as delivers educational programmes, with respect to machine learning, data analysis, human/computer interaction, improvement of AI algorithms and autonomous agents interplay.
Head of the Centre: Alexey Shpilman.

This Lab was created in conjunction with Russian tech firm Yandex. It engages in interdisciplinary analysis in machine learning and natural language processing. Furthermore, the Lab analyzes the fundamental aspects of language, computation and instruction, thereby enhancing linguistic comprehension in general.
Head of the Lab: Ivan Yamshchikov.

Project Laboratories

Laboratory for Analysis of Corporate Innovation Systems

This Lab operates as a competitive research centre, engaged in fundamental and applied analysis of corporate innovation systems, while also developing recommendations for innovation and industrial policy for legislative and executive agencies.
Head of the Lab: Elena Rogova.

The Lab’s main areas of research include comparative analysis of reputation and reputation management practices in universities, identifying and comprehending best relevant global practices among top universities, applied research in the development of university campuses, including non-academic spaces, analysis of the third mission of academic institutions, and specifying the contribution of universities to socio-economic development of regions. 
Head of the Lab: Magdalena Alejandra Gaete Sepuldeva.

The Lab was developed to carry out projects and applied research in regards to HR support for programmes and initiatives for economic development in various economics sectors. Analytical work is conducted with the application of the latest approaches and methodologies, including Big Data analysis, machine learning, neural network construction, foresight analysis and expert interviews.
Head of the Lab: Dmitry Cherneiko.

Furthermore, HSE University in St. Petersburg hosts temporary research and study groups where research assistants from among students are heavily involved. Every student may submit an application for academic mobility support and receive a travel grant for an academic trip.

Or, you may like to take part in HSE SPb Research Day or other scientific events and competitions

In addition, HSE University in St. Petersburg is home to many active student academic and scientific societies, which aim to help learners engage in scientific research. You can learn more about them here