International Centre for Social and Economic Research “Leontief Centre” was established in 1991 as independent research and consulting organization at the time of historical transformations of society, economy, and the State.
New research centre was mainly focused on coordinating all-Russian and regional research on the transition economy to attract investment. Later on, the topics and scope of the Centre’s activity have been changing in response to economic and social development priorities of the country and regions.
In 2021, the Leontief Centre is celebrating 30 years: a long way has been covered, many undertakings have been implemented, and a lot has been achieved.
ICSER Leontief Centre by now:
- 280 projects implemented,
- 500 conferences and seminars organized,
- 50 partnerships with research, consulting and civic organizations,
- over 100 works completed on assignments of the State and municipal authorities,
- 110 publications prepared and published.
ICSER Leontief Centre:
- realizing its mission, undertakes applied research and development in regional and urban economy and management, public finance, support for entrepreneurship, cooperation in the Baltic Sea region, social policy and employment, and other areas. The Centre’s project activity covers many cities and regions of Russia;
- participates in establishment and support of relevant partner networks, is the founder of well-known research, educational and expert organizations, works closely with partners — leading expert organizations in various fields. In 2015, the stable partnership with the consulting company AV Group on the market of development of strategic documents for the cities and regions of Russia, as well as in developing strategic planning in Russian, resulted in establishing the Leontief Centre – AV Group Consortium. The Leontief Centre is a member of respected professional societies and associations. The Centre’s employees work in research and expert councils, are members of leading relevant Russian and international associations, are members of the editorial boards of a number of journals on regional economy;
- annually organizes and holds major research and expert events: Annual Strategic Planning Leaders Forum of the Regions and Cities of Russia (since 2002), International Scientific Conference of the Cycle “Leontief Readings” (since 2000), International Leontief Medal “For Contribution to Economic Reforms” Award Ceremony (since 2005), Boris Ovsievich Award to young scholars for the best economic and mathematical research (2005-2016);
- cooperates with a number of universities, primarily with the National Research University Higher School of Economics. In 2011, the Leontief Centre Chair at Higher School of Economics St. Petersburg was established;
- has been the host of the regular citywide interdisciplinary scientific seminar “Economy and Society”;
- prepares regular reviews on strategic planning, EU regional policy and cooperation in the Baltic Sea region, as well as on the socio-economic situation in St. Petersburg.