Leonid E. Limonov


Leonid E Limonov is Director General, ANO ICSER Leontief Centre; Research Program Director, ZAO ICSER Leontief Centre; Professor and Academic Director of the Graduate Program “Urban Development and Governance”, NRU HSE-St Petersburg.

Уважаемые коллеги – российские члены Ассоциации региональных исследований (RSA) и все, кто интересуется региональной наукой и хотел бы больше узнать об Ассоциации и ее работе,

В качестве посла Ассоциации в России я готов ответить на ваши вопросы и обсудить ваши идеи и предложения о развитии российской секции RSA, организации конференций и других мероприятий в России, а также готов дать рекомендации относительно публикаций в журналах, издаваемых под эгидой Ассоциации.

Мне бы хотелось, с вашей помощью, создать сильную российскую секцию RSA, что позволит российским ученым лучше интегрироваться в мировую региональную науку, шире печататься в международных журналах и активнее обмениваться опытом и научными результатами с зарубежными коллегами.

С надеждой на плодотворное сотрудничество,

Леонид  Лимонов


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Below are details of recent and forthcoming events invoving the RSA Russia Division.

Upcoming Events

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Recent Events

RSA Russia Division Conference 2018

The conference “Urban and Regional Resilience: Strategies for Success” was organised by the Russian Division of the Regional Studies Association in cooperation with International Centre for Social and Economic Research “Leontief Centre” on 22-23 October 2018 in St. Petersburg. The notion of urban resilience was discussed, linking debates in regional geography, urban planning, and policy studies and focusing on issues of implementation and the gap between policy design and delivery, the role of agency and leadership, and the influence of social and civil capital.

A detailed report of the conference can be found here: Report on RSA Russia conference 2018 for Regions.


Feedback from the Conference

The recent RSA Conference provided an excellent opportunity for becoming more familiar with relevant topics of regional studies in Russia, and with the research projects of interest for the mostly young researchers. My personal impression as an economist with international experience is that regional studies as an academic subject is strongly developing in Russia, but further support, or even encouragement, from scientific organizations such as the RSA is very welcome and, perhaps, required for further raising awareness for important regional issues. For this reason, I would like to thank the RSA and the organizers of this interesting conference, in particular Daniela Carl (RSA) and Leonid Limonov (RSA, Russian Division), for their initiative. I do hope, there will be a follow-up in the years to come.

Professor Hans Wiesmeth, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany and Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg


RSA Russia Division Workshop in 2017 

The RSA Russia Division partnered with the Ural Federal University, Graduate School of Economics and Management in 2017 as part of the XII annual conference Russian Regions in the Focus of Changes on 16-18 November 2017. This annual conference is one of the biggest international discussion forums in Russia covering issues of regional development including development of regional policies, programmes and strategies, investment projects, issues of public administration and efficiency, evaluation of policies and institutional development reforms.

As a part of this conference, a one-day workshop “Global Challenges for Regions and Cities: Adaptation, Development, Governance” was organized by the RSA Russia Division on the 17th November.

The workshop’s discussions were divided into three thematic sessions: Spatial Strategic Planning and Regional Policy (Moderator – Evgeniya Kolomak), Urban Development and Local Self-Government (Moderator –Vladimir Klimanov, Irina Turgel), Regional Development, Investments and Regional Disparities (Moderator – Oleg Golubchikov).

The plenary session of the RSA workshop started with welcome speeches by Daniela Carl and Leonid Limonov, representing the RSA and Irina Turgel, representing the Ural Federal University. This was followed by presentations from invited speakers, Alex Singleton (University of Liverpool) on urban analytics, using Big Data and GIS and Oleg Golubchikov (Cardiff University) on urban challenges in post-Soviet space.

During the first session participants discussed evolution of regional policy, impact of the public financial institutions investment projects on territorial development and new challenges of regional strategic planning in Russia. The second session focused on the disaster response supply chain in a city, location decisions of firms and existence of entrepreneurial city in Ural region. Participants of the workshop also analyzed and compared agglomeration economy, city development and agglomeration development policy in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. The third session discussed aspects of regional dynamics of labor productivity. Particular attention was given to instruments for regional development and evolution in old industrial regions using regional and city development management.

Click here to read more about this workshop and here to view more photos from the Russia Division workshop.


2nd World Congress of Comparative Economics 2017

The RSA Russia Division hosted a Special Session at the 2nd World Congress of Comparative Economics from 15th to 17th June 2017.

The Congress was entitled 1917 –2017: Revolution and Evolution in Economic Development and was held at  HSE University St. Petersburg, Russia.

The RSA Russia Special Session was entitled Regional and Urban Development in Russia and other CIS countries: Comparative Studies and focused on empirical studies of regional/urban development patterns in Russia/CIS countries and the analysis of factors, influencing development of different types of cities and regions.

The Session was Chaired by Leonid Limonov, the Chair of the RSA Russia Division and speakers included:

  • Eugenya Kolomak, MeRSA, Novosibirsk State University, Russia
  • Masaaki Kuboniwa, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Japan
  • Leonid Limonov, Marina Nesena, RSA Russia, NRU HSE-St Petersburg, Leontief Centre, Russia
  • Natalia Vlasova, Ural State University of Economics, Russia
  • Irina Turgel, Corp MeRSA, UrFU, Russia
  • Stephan Zemtsov (MeRSA), V.Barinova, J.Tsareva – RANEPA, Russia

Please click here for more information on the RSA sessions at the 2nd World Congress of Comparative Economics or see the link on the right hand side of this page.


Russia Division Relaunch 2016

The Russia Division was re-launched in October 2016 at the RSA-Russia Conference 2016, in St Petersburg, Russia, entitled “Regional and Urban Studies for Strategic Planning and Development”. Below are pictures of the event.


The Russia Division is a limited agent for the Regional Studies Association but without any authority to incur financial liability for that Association.