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IUE Metropolitan ranking: Do metropolitan assets work towards the development of cities?

The Institute for Urban Economics launches a publication series entitled ‘Economies of Russia’s Cities and Metropolitan Areas’ on basic indicators of economic development of Russia’s cities and metropolitan areas. The project is being funded through the IUE Endowment. This first issue focuses on a comparative analysis of 20 largest metropolitan areas (urban agglomerations or metro areas), by... подробнее

Irina Gentsler, Deputy Director of IUE Urban Economy Department, took part in the work of the 78th session of the Committee on Housing and Land Management and Ministerial Meeting, 8 - 10 November 2017, Geneva

The 78th Session of the Committee on Housing and Land Management took place from 8 to 10 November 2017 in Geneva. It included a Ministerial Segment on 9 November 2017, which was organised as a forum for a high-level exchange of experiences and views on progress and challenges related to the implementation of recent international agreements such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable... подробнее

IUE President Nadezhda Kosareva made a report at the expert meeting  “​​Cities for the Right to Housing” in Barcelona from 2-3 November

Local and regional leaders and housing policy experts met in Barcelona from 2-3 November to reaffirm their commitment to housing as a human right and share experiences on making it a reality. The meeting, “​​Cities for the Right to Housing”, was hosted by UCLG Co-President and Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau and the UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human... подробнее

Article "Assessment of gross urban product in Russian cities and its contribution to Russian GDP in 2000–2015" of IUE President Nadezhda B. Kosareva and IUE Executive Director T. Polidi has published in Russian Journal of Economics

The article presents a new methodology for estimating gross urban product (the gross domestic product by city or metropolitan level) in Russia under extremely low statistical data availability about economy performance at the local level. These estimates provide new analytical instruments for assessing disparities in economic development between more than 1,000 Russian cities and other areas, and... подробнее

General Director of IUE Alexander Puzanov became a co-author of the monograph "Private Rental Housing in Transition Countries"

This book presents an overview of private rented housing in selected new EU member states and other transition countries – a topic scarcely researched to date, as it is largely part of the informal economy, and consequently often invisible to official statistics. The publication was prepared by a group of authors from Western and Eastern Europe, and Russia.  The editors are József... подробнее

Conference on the New Agenda for Development of Russia’s Cities was held by the IUE on September 15th, 2017, in Moscow

On September 15th, 2017, the IUE hosted a Conference on the New Agenda for Development of Russia’s Cities. Among more than 150 attendees were experts from Moscow, St.-Petersburg, Perm, Yekaterinburg, Ufa, Izhevsk, Novosibirsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and other regions of Russia. The participants represented state authorities and local governments, business community, independent associations, think... подробнее

New article of honorary member of IUE Board of Trustees R. Struyk and IUE Executive Director T. Polidi on the On Think Tanks blog — Ensuring you are hiring qualified research staff: Guarding against CV padding

There are indications of CV padding being a significant problem, including for positions requiring graduate degrees. Although statistically reliable evidence is absent, a few examples of documented misrepresentation suggest its breadth. A survey conducted by, a position-candidate matching firm, found almost 60 percent of nearly 2,200 hiring managers had caught a job... подробнее

Tatyana Polidi, IUE Executive Director, participated in the International Conference held by the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA)

On July 3-5 the AREUEA held in Amsterdam the 2017 International Conference. Tatyana Polidi, IUE Executive Director, took part in discussions of keynote speeches delivered by the following leading experts in the field of real estate and urban economics: David Geltner, MIT Center for Real Estate Real Estate (USA) - Price Dynamics and the Value of Flexibility Stephan Malpezzi,... подробнее

Alexander Puzanov, IUE Director General, moderated the panel discussion “Uniting Opportunities: Integrating Infrastructure at Local and Regional Levels” held within the Moscow Urban Forum 2017

The panel discussion “Uniting Opportunities: Integrating Infrastructure at Local and Regional Levels” took place on July 6 as part of the MOSCOW URBAN FORUM 2017. The event was moderated by Alexander Puzanov, IUE Director General.  The integration of territories within an emerging agglomeration is associated with huge challenges in terms of ensuring territorial connectivity and arranging... подробнее

IUE hosted a panel discussion on “Implementation of Built-Up Area (Brownfield) Redevelopment Projects: Russian and International Practice”

On June 20, 2017, a panel discussion on Russian and international practice in redevelopment of built-up areas was held in the IUE. The host organization presented the results of its independent survey “The City to Live In” carried out in 2016 and funded through the IUE Endowment, and also presented a publication with the survey results. In 2006, the instrument called ‘redevelopment of built-up... подробнее

Nadezhda Kosareva, IUE President, attended the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2017

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2017 (SPIEF 17) was held on June 1-3 in the host city. N. Kosareva, IUE President, participated in the event. N. Kosareva noted that this year “in addition to the thematic issues that [the SPIEF] traditionally addresses, a lot of interest was shown in the new topics of urban development”. The topics were the focus of several roundtables... подробнее

Moscow’s redevelopment programme

Preparations for implementation of a programme for redevelopment of built-up areas with prefab five-storey apartment blocks or “khrushchevki” - that came to be called after the then Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev who launched the mass housing project in the 1950-60s – is well under way. These days (from May 15 through June 15) the residents of the apartment blocks are voting to join the... подробнее

IUE presented a study on international practices in town-planning regulation of urban environment

IUE presented the findings of a study on international practices in the use of the instruments of inclusive town-planning regulation for improving the quality and accessibility of the urban environment. A panel discussion was held in the IUE’s office in Moscow. The following subjects were offered for the discussion: Feasibility of using town-planning regulation for improving the quality... подробнее

A Modern City Must Contribute to Human Development

Nadezhda Kosareva, IUE President, speaks on the specificities of urban development in Russia, the new urbanistic trends and territorial competition in post-industrial era The Institute for Urban Economics: the organization’s profile The IUE was founded in 1995. It was established as an independent organization not associated with the state or some other structures. Its six founders were... подробнее

IUE held a ‘round table’ discussion on redevelopment of the built-up area with dilapidated housing as part of the 28th April International Academic Conference hosted by the State University ‘Higher School of Economics’

A ‘round-table’ discussion “Approaches to Redevelopment of the Built-Up Areas with Dilapidated Housing in Russia's Cities” was held in April by the IUE as part of the 28th April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development.  The issues discussed included as follows: Potential volumes of the market development for built-up areas in Russia’s cities; Practice... подробнее

The Institute for Urban Economics presents its 2016 highlights of the activities funded through the IUE Endowment

In 2016, the IUE was deeply engaged in research and development work and practices with a focus on the main areas of its activity supported by the IUE Endowment - real estate market, urban economy and municipal economic development. Key project outcomes, along with recommendations designed by the IUE’s experts, affect and address the most relevant issues of socio-economic development of... подробнее

The IUE entered the world ranking 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index in two categories

Two years in a row the Institute for Urban Economics entered TOP 50 the world ranking Global Go To Think Tank Index in the top one hundred independent think tanks in the area of social policy. In addition, at the end of 2016, IUE took the 44th position in the Top Think Tanks in Central and Eastern Europe. The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the... подробнее

The IUE hosted a panel discussion on rental housing

On January 18 a panel discussion on “Rental Housing Development Projects in Russia’s Cities” took place at the office of the IUE. N. Kosareva, IUE President, moderated the event. “In megacities, large cities of the world, occupation of rental dwellings is the most prevalent type of tenure. In Berlin rental dwellings represent 80 percent of the total housing, whereas in Moscow privately-owned... подробнее

"Housing construction: the ‘worst-case’ scenario avoided", - IUE President Nadezhda Kosareva

The year 2016 was by no means an easy one for development of real estate market, housing market and housing construction industry. Yet despite poor macroeconomic conditions the housing sector showed its best sustainability capacities. Mikhail Men, the head of the Ministry of Construction and HUS of the RF, when reporting at the session of the Public Council (under the aforesaid Ministry) said... подробнее

G. Khovanskaya, a chairperson of the State Duma’s Committee on Housing Policy and HUS, is interested in participation of N. Kosareva, IUE President, in developing a draft law on housing construction cooperatives

G. Khovanskaya, a chairperson of the State Duma’s Committee on Housing Policy and HUS, told journalists that a draft law on housing construction cooperatives is planned to be prepared in 2017. “An outline of the concept is what we have as of now. I set out it to the expert council headed by V. Resin whose response sounded positive. But it is just a concept that needs to be put in text format.... подробнее

Top executives of the IUE attended the international conference “Human-Friendly Urban and Regional Development” held in South Korea

On 19-21 December 2016, Gyeonggi Research Institute (GRI), a policy research establishment located in South Korea, with the support of Gyeonggi Center for Creative Economy & Innovation (GCCEI), a start-up accelerator, hosted the international conference “Human-Friendly Urban and Regional Development”. The IUE experts and specialists from the Russian Academy of Sciences were invited to... подробнее

The IUE co-organized BRICS+ City Lab II Colloquium

On 7-9 December 2016 Moscow hosted BRICS+City Lab II Colloquium on “Adaptive and Transformative Governance for Large City Development” for the lead cities of the BRICS countries. The IUE co-organized the event.  Alexander Puzanov, IUE Director General, participated in a ‘round-table’ event “Governing Complex Urban Agglomerations (Clusters of Cities and City-Regions)”. Experts from... подробнее

The IUE issued a publication highlighting the outcomes of the project “The City to Live in: Launching the Redevelopment of Dilapidated Residential Areas”

The IUE issued a publication on the outcomes of the project “The City to Live in: Launching the Redevelopment of Dilapidated Residential Areas” implemented in 2016 and funded through the IUE Endowment.  The project became the result of the combined efforts of the experts of the Real Estate Market Department: E. Trutnev, Scientific Adviser; T. Polidi, IUE Executive Director and Head of the... подробнее

The IUE presented a concept for improving the management of apartment buildings and offered a scheme for providing loans for the overhaul of apartment buildings

A joint meeting of two commissions of the Public Council under the Ministry of Construction was held on November 30 (the Commission on Housing and Utilities Sector run by A. Makhrushin, Executive Director of the Association “ZhKKh-Development”, and the Commission on Housing Policy headed by N. Kosareva, IUE President). T. Polidi, IUE Executive Director, reported to the meeting a concept of... подробнее

Tatyana Polidi, IUE Executive Director, made a presentation on the projects for renovation of dilapidated residential areas at the Forum “Smart City of the Future”

The 5th International Forum “Smart City of the Future”, held from 29 to 30 November 2016 in Moscow and hosted by the International News Agency “Russia Today”, provided a venue to discuss the available opportunities for the growth and the new quality of the regions and cities in Russia; impact of technological change on Russia’s cities; primary vehicles for driving investment to a city; the role... подробнее

A draft Law on Local Self-Government prepared with the participation of Alexander Puzanov, IUE Director General, will be submitted to the State Duma

The Civil Initiatives Committee headed by Alexey Kudrin shall pass the draft amendments to the laws regulating the local self-government to the State Duma’s Committee on Federal Structure and Local Self-Government. The draft amendments were presented at the All-Russia Civil Forum hosted in Moscow. The underlying principles of the draft focus on greater regulatory flexibility, less stringent... подробнее

IUE Executive Director Tatyana Polidi about Moscow industrial areas redevelopment for The Financial Times

Dozens of industrial areas lie idle in Moscow as redevelopment has been hindered by fragmented ownership structures. However, through a new law enabling local authorities to expropriate these areas, regeneration is expected to pick up and drive a rebound in the local real estate market, as Jacopo Dettoni reports.   A dozen faded portraits are still visible on a panel standing amid the... подробнее

Top executives of the IUE attended the International Scientific Conference organized by the RSA

The 15th Russian National Forum “Strategic Planning in the Cities and Regions of Russia” held from 24 to 25 October 2016 in St.-Petersburg. The International Scientific Conference “Regional and Urban Studies for Strategic Planning and Development” was an associated event within the Forum. The organizers of the Conference were the Regional Studies Association (RSA), ICSER “Leontief Center”,... подробнее

Alexander Puzanov, IUE Director General, contributed to the preparation of research materials for the Fifth World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders held by the world organization “United Cities and Local Governments” (UCLG)

The Fifth Congress of UCLG took place on October 12-15 in Bogota (Columbia). The event was entitled “World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders”. The organizers sought the assistance of leading experts on local self-governance from all over the world. The expert endeavours went to form a sourcebook highlighting the current situation in local self-governance. Alexander Puzanov, IUE Director... подробнее

Guidelines on capital repairs for Muscovites: a new project of IUE

Members of the Moscow Public Chamber, representatives of IUE, Fund for Capital Repairs of Apartment Buildings, Department for Capital Repairs of Housing Stock in the city of Moscow, Municipal Commission on Public Supervision of Implementation of the Regional Program of Capital Repairs, members of the public and non-profits discussed the issues relating to capital repairs.   Irina Gentsler... подробнее

Joint project of Federal Center for Project Finance (FCPF), IUE and the company Habidatum: New Techniques for Assessment of Urban Development

On October 5, 2016, at an expert session hosted by FCPF and attended by members of the Expert Council of FCPF, representatives of official bodies, developers, sector experts the discussion of the new approaches to elaboration of techniques for assessment of urban development took place. The new techniques emerged as a result of the research efforts undertaken by FCPF in cooperation with IUE... подробнее

IUE experts participated in the 3rd Interregional Forum “For Beauty of Russian Cities” held in Nizhniy Novgorod region

Ye. G. Yasin, Academic Supervisor (NRU “HSE”, Moscow), welcomed the audience with opening speech. Nadezhda Kosareva, IUE President, delivered her report on “Urban Environment as a Factor for Promotion of the Competitive Capacity of a City in Modern Economy”. Alexander Puzanov, IUE Director General, described the opportunities of transparent municipal governance for the purposes of socio-... подробнее

IUE co-organized a panel discussion on how to arrange accessible urban environment held within the framework of the business programme at the Forth International Exhibition “Rehabilitation: Accessible Environment 2016”

Other co-organizers included Directorate for Construction and Innovation of National Paralympic Projects, National Charity Fund for Support of Efforts on Adaptation of Urban Environment for People with Limited Mobility “City Without Barriers”.  Alexander Puzanov, IUE Director General, the author of the concept for legislative changes underlying the arrangement of continuous accessible... подробнее

In respect of the draft federal law IUE developed a concept of how to facilitate decision-making procedures at general meetings of owners of dwelling units in apartment buildings in Russia

One of the current priorities of the state housing policy consists in encouraging the owners of dwelling units in apartment buildings to assume active and self-sufficient attitude. This is envisaged in the Strategy for Development of Housing and Utility Sector of the Russian Federation for the period till 2020. According to IUE the task necessitates that decision-making procedures at general... подробнее

Mini-interview given by Alexander S. Puzanov, IUE Director General, to Vechernyaya Moskva newspaper about whether there is a problem of social stratification in the capital

— Alexander Sergeyevich, do social inequalities really pose much of a problem in the districts of the capital? — If compared with such megacities as New York or London, the problem of social stratification across Moscow’s districts appears to be much less of a problem. Development of market economy, understandably, would only add to the problem. — It happens, however, that... подробнее

IUE presented Housing Affordability Index (HAI) in Russia for the year 2015 and the first quarter of 2016

Despite the tightening of mortgage lending terms and a 35% drop in the volume of mortgage loans issued in 2015 down from the values reached in 2014, the national average values of HAI improved in Russia. In 2014, 29.6% of households had access to mortgage loans, while in 2015 the value reached 30.8% of households. If assessed in terms of house price to household income ratio the affordability of... подробнее

N. Kosareva, IUE President, presented a concept of how to streamline the legislative and regulatory framework for housing construction cooperatives (HCC)

N. Kosareva, IUE President, who heads a Commission on Housing Policy with the Public Council  under the Ministry of Construction of Russia, at a meeting, presented a concept of how to streamline the legislative and regulatory framework for HCC.  N. Kosareva proposed to replicate the cooperatives created in Western countries where the ownership of the dwellings constructed lies with a... подробнее

RF State Duma adopted amendments to Federal Law on Equity Construction (No. 214-FZ) drawn up with the participation of IUE

The law shall come into effect on January 1, 2017. Certain provisions, among them those pertaining to the requirements with regard to a charter capital of a developer, a surety agreement and escrow accounts, shall come into force starting from July 1, 2017. Excerpts from an interview given by Nadezhda B. Kosareva, IUE President, to a web portal Строительство.RU: — Nadezhda Borisovna, how... подробнее

New article of the IUE Executive Director Tatyana D. Polidi «Multifamily housing construction in Russia: supply elasticity and competition» in the Journal of Regional Studies Association «Area Development and Policy»

Housing unaffordability and unavailability are major socio-economic problems in modern Russia, and result from market failure to provide a sufficient volume of new housing at reasonable prices. About 29% of new newly constructed housing units are self-build single-family houses produced outside the market. Professional builders are specialized mainly in constructing multifamily houses, generally... подробнее

New article of the IUE experts about the development of apartment-market in Russia

The authors of the article identify the legal issues arising because of the apartment-market development in Russia. The article describes the apartment-market, including performance indicators of the scope of proposal in the primary housing market in apartment buildings and apartments in Moscow-city; the volume distribution of apartments proposal on administrative districts of Moscow-city, the... подробнее

IUE President Nadezhda Kosareva participated in the XIV All-Russian Conference "Mortgage lending in Russia"

XIV All-Russian conference "Mortgage lending in Russia" was held in Moscow on April 27, 2016. Purpose of the event: to develop practical solutions for strategic government initiatives in mortgage lending. In 2015-2016 there were launched new government initiatives to form transparency of functioning of the residential real estate market, to launch pilot projects on increasing the liquidity... подробнее

IUE Management has taken an active part in the XVII April International Academic Conference of HSE

On April 19-22 in Moscow "Higher School of Economics" held the XVII April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development - is the largest academic forum in Russia on social and economic sciences which has won international recognition. “We have moved beyond arguments where to go (though they do still occur) to examining the underground processes, and on understanding... подробнее

IUE General Director Alexander Puzanov for French radio RFI about resettlement of dilapidated housing

In Russia, "retired" houses collapse  For many years residents of thousands of Russian multi-flat buildings have been trying to gain resettlement because of the state of buildings threatening their life and health. However, the majority of them do not manage even to force senior officials to recognize these houses to be unfit. And those who still have managed to do that, in many cases... подробнее

HSE Working papers: A study on the consistency between housing and urban planning policies

Russian cities currently feel the utmost need both for improving the affordability of housing and upgrading the quality and enhancing the beautification of the urban environment, developing public spaces, expanding the diversity of forms of housing tenure for different categories of citizen. Implementation of the housing policy objectives necessitates a considerable update of urban planning... подробнее

The Finnish Yle channel TV story with head of IUE Nadezhda Kosareva interview

The bathroom ceiling fell down, however, the Russian authorities believe that the house is not dangerous for those inside. Hundreds of thousands of Russians live in intolerable conditions. Thousands of homes desperately need repairs. Some of them are in such a state that the only thing they need is to be pulled down. Many residents are afraid that their roofs will cave in on them. It looks... подробнее

“There should be a distinction between housing price and developers’ costs in equity construction” – interview with the IUE Executive Director Tatyana Polidi

“There should be a distinction between housing price and developers’ costs in equity construction” – interview with Tatyana Polidi,  Executive Director, Head of the Real Estate Market Department at the Institute for Urban Economics in an internet magazine “” Tatyana Polidi: “There should be a distinction between housing price and developers’ costs in equity construction... подробнее

RT: The IUE presented its main conceptual proposals on changing the equity construction law

The Institute for Urban Economics (IUE) presented its main conceptual proposals at Minstroy Rossii, as these relate to introduction of amendments to the federal law (No. FZ-214), at the second meeting of interdepartmental working group established to prepare proposals on changing the equity construction law According to a press release issued by Minstroy Rossii, banks might be obliged to... подробнее

Tatiana Polidi, Executive Director of the IUE about industrial zones for the MUF 2014

The potencial of Moscow's industrial zones - Russia A Guest contribution by Tatiana Polidi, Executive Director of the Institute for Urban Economics, for  the Moscow Urban Forum. A few decades have passed since Moscow emerged on a post-industrial development path, leaving behind the zenith of production growth. The plants’ and factories’ vast territories are dispersed... подробнее