About us

Closed Joint Stock Company “International Centre for Social and Economic Research “Leontief Centre” (CJSC ICSER “Leontief Centre”) was established in 1991 on the joint initiative of St. Petersburg-born well-known economist and Nobel Prize Winner Wassily Leontief and the Mayor of St. Petersburg Anatoly Sobchak in order to implement expert support for transition reforms in Russia, providing advisory and methodological assistance to regional and local authorities in developing socio-economic development programmes and effective mechanisms for strategic management. Currently the Leontief Centre is an independent research and consulting organization.

Main activities of the Leontief Centre:

  • organizing and conducting research on problems of regional and urban economies;
  • providing consulting support to federal, regional and municipal authorities in development of strategic plans, projects and socio-economic development programmes;
  • participation in implementation of projects and programmes of international research and financial organizations;
  • organization of scientific conferences, practical seminars, exhibitions;
  • organization of trainings, educational seminars and hands-on workshops;
  • publishing activities;
  • information technologies and telecommunications.

The following principles are at the core of the Leontief Centre’s philosophy:

  • openness to cooperation;
  • willingness to share its research findings;
  • emphasis on partnerships and networking.

Leontief Centre has made its best effort to:

  • focus on communities’ real economic and social needs;
  • stay ahead in terms of the subject areas and level of its research;
  • involve the best Russian and international experts;
  • remain independent and unbiased in its political beliefs;
  • defy stereotypes and wide-spread delusions.

The mission of the Leontief Centre is to promote the best quality standards of socio-economic studies and consulting services that foster professional growth of public management in the cities and regions of Russia.


According to the principles of openness, partnership and readiness for cooperation, the Leontief Centre is constantly developing partnerships and expanding the network of strong collaborations:


In 2000, the Resource Centre for Strategic Planning under Leontief Centre was established to foster the growth of professionalism in management of public processes in the cities and regions of Russia through promotion of best international quality standards in strategic planning and management, development of a cooperation and partnership network.


In 2011, the Leontief Centre Chair at Higher School of Economics St. Petersburg was established to improve the educational process for students and strengthen educational, methodological and research ties between the Higher School of Economics and the Leontief Centre.


In 2015, the Leontief Centre – AV Group Consortium was established for the joint work on the market of development of strategic documents for the cities and regions of Russia. The Consortium unites experienced professionals who have developed over 1000 successful projects.





XXI Annual Strategic Planning Leaders Forum of the Regions and Cities of Russia