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R&D Centres and Projects

At IOE, we bring together the commitment, resource, and expertise of young researchers and acclaimed senior academics, empowering conclusive, evidence-grounded inputs to build robust education systems for sustainability and growth.

International Laboratory for Education Policy Analysis pursues active cooperation with leading academic institutions and policy agencies worldwide in tracking, adopting, and developing global best practice in higher education. 

Martin Carnoy, Academic Supervisor, mcarnoy@hse.ru

The Laboratory’s team is involved in a number of flagship cross-border projects related to assessing and upgrading university governance and operations to ensure innovation, robust learning outcomes, and socioeconomic improvements across communities.

Andrey Zakharov, Director, abzakharov@hse.ru


Centre for International Competitiveness of Higher Education aims to facilitate the implementation of effective university strategies, operational frameworks, and assessment tools.

The Centre carries out large-scale research and advisory projects in education performance improvement for government agencies and corporates.

   Irina Karelina, Director, ikarelina@hse.ru


Institute for Education Development started out in 2001 as HSE’s key academic division delivering research-grounded support to systems transformations in Russian education.

The Institute is engaged in multi-faceted collaborative research aiming to facilitate the design and implementation of innovative legal, organizational, and economic frameworks as backbone factors for steady education development.

   Irina Abankina, Director, abankinai@hse.ru


Centre for Education Law is the Institute for Education Development’s unit focusing on legal and legislative aspects of education.

The Centre cooperates with the Russian Education and Science Ministry, federal legislative agencies, and the Russian President’s Office, among others, in working out and implementing comprehensive upgrades to the legislative framework underlying the Russian education system.

   Szymon Jankiewicz, Director, syankevich@hse.ru


Laboratory for University Development tracks and facilitates implementation of domestic and global best practice in promoting university environments of tangible and far-reaching community significance at local, national, and international levels.  

The Laboratory runs extensive international collaboration in delivering top-notch concepts and solutions to build solid agendas for strategic university development. The Laboratory’s team is actively engaged in multi-venue professional networking, including conferences on higher education.

   Daria Platonova, Acting Director, dplatonova@hse.ru 


Centre for Higher Education Sociology is focused on analysing organizational and behavioral patterns observed in contemporary university settings.

One of IOE’s most rapidly progressing divisions, the Centre runs a variety of studies to track and interpret developments in choices, attitudes, and experiences of various parties in education, including students at different academic levels, instructors, etc.

   Igor Chirikov, Director, ichirikov@hse.ru


Centre for Education Innovation has been part of IOE since 2014, and espouses a broad research framework addressing the entire lifecycle of novelty in education organization, method, and practice.

The Centre unites dedicated researchers and innovators sharing a multi-dimensional perspective on letting education always go the extra mile for the benefit of broader communities. The team tracks, facilitates the adoption of, and strives to further elaborate the field best practice from the standpoints of innovation feasibility, scalability, sustainability, and outcomes.

   Diana Koroleva, Director, dkoroleva@hse.ru


Centre for Education Leadership explores the most effective and up-to-date methods of educational management both in Russia and worldwide.

The Centre seeks to facilitate the adoption and further enhancement of best practice in school and university leadership. It designs and delivers world-class Master’s and PhD programmes to prepare top-skill, future-proof learning & development administrators.

   Pavel Sergomanov, Director, psergomanov@hse.ru 


Centre for Key Competences and New Literacy pursues a high-impact imperative of facilitating syllabus and instructional upgrades across modern school environments to best accommodate the needs of 21st century skills development.


The Centre brings together a dedicated team of multidisciplinary education professionals who seek to deploy comprehensive best-practice roadmaps for integrating new competences & literacies into school curricular and learning environments at large.

Maria Dobryakova, Director, mdobryakova@hse.ru 


Centre for Monitoring the Quality in Education is IOE’s principal division in education assessment and measurement.

Elena Kardanova, Director, ekardanova@hse.ru

Partnering with leading foreign research hubs and acclaimed experts in the field, the Centre pursues a diverse academic and advisory agenda in evaluating the performance of learners and instructors across educational settings and at various levels, including under internationally recognized frameworks such as PISA and iPIPS.

Viktor Bolotov, Academic Supervisor, vbolotov@hse.ru


Centre for Cultural Sociology and Anthropology of Education looks at the role of education in one’s life through the prism of cultural sociology, going beyond political and socioeconomic explanations alone.

Synthesizing fundamental theory and empirical research, the Centre’s studies delve into various ways in which learning choices and experiences shape careers and lifepaths at large.

   Dmitry Kurakin, Director, dukurakin@hse.ru


Centre for Vocational Education Studies is involved in fundamental research, applied developments, and advisory projects aimed at facilitating innovative upgrades in the Russian vocational training system.

The Laboratory strives to support timely and ample influx of top-skill, future-proof workforce across industries by tracking labor supply–demand trends, advancing legislation and regulation, updating curricular, and facilitating effective development strategies for institutions of vocational education.

   Fedor Dudyrev, Director, fdudyrev@hse.ru


Centre for Socioeconomic Development of Schooling researches into social and economic factors underlying sustained advancement of basic schooling.

The Centre’s academic and advisory agenda includes promoting equity, diversity, appropriate teaching, and relevant curriculum in secondary schools, ensuring adequate financing and governance, and encouraging fair and transparent assessment and disclosure of learning outcomes.

   Sergey Kosaretsky, Director, skosaretski@hse.ru


Centre for Teaching Practice Studies investigates and facilitates the implementation of instructional best practices in various disciplinary areas and at different levels of schooling.


The Centre maintains a diverse portfolio of cross-border comparative studies in the field of secondary general education, fulfills a central role in updating and expanding IOE’s curricular, and also acts as an expert evaluation & advisory hub liaising with various stakeholders across schooling environments on monitoring, designing and deploying the most up-to-date instructional tools and models.

Elena Chernobaj, Director, echernobaj@hse.ru

Centre for Modern Childhood Studies explores current trends, challenges, and priorities in early childhood development and schooling.

The Centre’s research focuses on ways children learn and develop in various social environments, including traditional pre-schooling and schooling settings as well as alternative formats, such as homeschooling, among others. The Centre’s team works to encourage parental literacy and best childrearing practices.

   Katerina Polivanova, Director, kpolivanova@hse.ru



in higher education.


The Laboratory’s team is involved in a number of flagship cross-border projects related to assessing and upgrading university governance and operations to ensure innovation, robust learning outcomes, and socioeconomic improvements across communities.

Martin Carnoy, Academic Supervisor, mcarnoy@hse.ru, evsergeeva@hse.ru

Centre for International Competitiveness of Higher Education


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