Partner Networks

Resource Centre for Strategic Planning (RCSP)

Resource Centre for Strategic Planning (RCSP) was established in 2002 under the Leontief Centre. RCSP aims to improve the quality of strategic planning and management at national, regional and municipal levels, and to collect and distribute methodological and practical information on territorial strategic planning; launches newsletter "Strategic Planning News"; provides operation of internet portal STRATPLAN.RU; strengthens networking between strategy planning experts.


Russian Economic Developers Association (ASSET)

Russian Economic Developers Association (ASSET) was established in 2004 on the initiative of the Leontief Centre. ASSET unites experts on the basis of individual membership, engaged in fostering economic development of cities and regions. ASSET’s membership counts of 95 experts in economic development of territories from 39 cities and regions, including Italy, Canada and Finland. The main goal of the Association is to enhance socio-economic development of Russian cities and regions through forming a community of highly professional experts.


Association of Russian Economic Think Tanks (ARETT)

Association of Russian Economic Think Tanks (ARETT) - is a non-profit organization, which was established in 2002 by 15 leading Russian economic think tanks in the field of economic policy research. Today ARETT is represented by 53 analytical institutes from Russia and CIS countries. The Association’s main goal is to improve the quality of economic policy in Russia for achieving sustainable development of the country and growth of public welfare through the establishment of the institute of independent centers for economic analysis and development of the professional community. Leontief Centre is a co-founder and active member of the Association.


Russian National Sub-Committee of INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020

BSR INTERREG III B (2001-2007) Russian National Sub-Committee (RNSC) was established in 2001 as the advisory and coordinating body initiated by Leontief Centre, relevant ministries of Russia, North-West regions of Russia, VASAB 2010 Committee and the Programme Secretariat, and operated until 2009 (within BSR Programme 2007-2013). In 2016, RNSC resumed its work within INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020

Russian National Sub-Committee (RNSC) tasks are:

  • To provide North-West regions with information about the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 (Programme) and its implementation;
  • To consider generated project ideas and proposals offered by North-West regions according to strategic development goals of the North-West of Russia;
  • To prepare recommendations for members of the Programme Monitoring Committee on the support of project applications;
  • To cooperate with the Council of the Baltic Sea States and also pan-Baltic organizations such as VASAB, HELCOM, Baltic Sea NGO Forum and other appropriate bodies.

Leontief Centre’s employees Irina Karelina and Elena Belova are members of RNSC. Irina Karelina is RNSC Responsible Secretary and a member of the Programme Monitoring Committee.

VASAB – Vision and Strategies around the Baltic Sea

VASAB Committee on Spatial Planning and Development of the Baltic Sea Region (CSPD/BSR) provides exchange of knowledge and experience between 11 countries (Finland, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway) in spatial planning, establishing strong ties between cities and implementing major projects to improve economic and environmental situation in the Baltic Sea region.

In 1996, upon the recommendation of the Committee for External Relations of the Administration of St. Petersburg, Director-General of ICSER Leontief Centre Irina Karelina was appointed a member of the VASAB 2010 CSPD/BSR from St. Petersburg. Irina Karelina regularly takes part in the Programme events as the Committee member. 



Regional Studies Association  RSA

ICSER Leontief Centre has been the Regional Studies Association (RSA) corporate member since 2017.

ICSER Leontief Centre also operates as the RSA Russia Division office (technical support), established in 2016. In 2020, Leonid Limonov, Director-Coordinator for Research Programmes at ICSER Leontief Centre, was once again elected the RSA Russia Division Chair. Leonid Limonov has chaired the RSA Russia Division since its establishment.

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Saint-Petersburg Cleantech Cluster for urban environment

International Consortium "Saint-Petersburg Cleantech Cluster for urban environment" (hereinafter – Cluster) was established to achieve shared goals of the consortium members by forming efficient mechanisms of interaction of business and state authorities, educational and scientific institutions, including on the basis of principles of international and cross-border cooperation and private and state partnership.

The mission of the Cluster is to make Saint Petersburg an environmentally friendly city safe for living, unite clean technologies in all economy sectors of the city and supply chains of its activity. The main activity of the Cluster is to organize and implement efficient and mutually beneficial joint programs and projects based on uniting information, financial, technological and other resources of the members (as well as obtainment of external financing) in the following subject areas:

  • Saving of Energy Resources;
  • Energy Efficiency;
  • Smart City / Smart Grid;
  • Green Building / Ecohouse;
  • Waste Management;
  • City Transport;
  • IT for Cleantech;
  • Clean Industrial Processes in urban environment;
  • Biofuel;
  • Solar & Wind Energy.

Leontief Centre became a member of the international consortium "Saint-Petersburg Cleantech Cluster for urban environment" in 2017.


UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) 

All work by the SDSN is focused on supporting the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDSN has been operating since 2012, bringing together universities, research institutions, civil society, and other organizations involved in sustainable development. SDSN includes over 80 countries and 500 organizations around the world. SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies and other international organizations. The SDSN activities cover issues of low-carbon energy and sustainable industries; sustainable agriculture and food systems; forests, oceans, biodiversity and ecosystem development; sustainable smart cities; a new role for business in sustainable development, etc. SDSN Russia was established in 2016. The head office of SDSN Russia is based at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). ICSER Leontief Centre joined the SDSN in 2019.



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