Since its foundation in 2002, WEIA has prioritised supporting scientific research and implementing its results in the educational process.

Faculty members are actively involved in the research activities of the HSE University, particularly in strategic projects: Strategic Project 'Social Policy for Sustainable Development and Inclusive Economic Growth'Strategic Project 'National Centre of Science, Technology and Socio-Economic Foresight'Strategic Project 'Success and Self-Sustainability of the Individual in a Changing World.' Faculty also as conduct fundamental research.

WEIA conducts research work for the highest state authorities of the Russian Federation and international organisations, including the Presidential Administration, the Office of the President of the Russian Federation for Foreign Policy, the Office of the President of the Russian Federation for Interregional and Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, the Ministry of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, the Roscongress Foundation, the Russian Export Centre, the Agroexport Federal State Budgetary Institution, the Eurasian Development Bank and the Eurasian Economic Commission, and private companies, including MMC Norilsk PJSC.

The faculty’s Russian research partners include the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, Valdai Discussion Club, Russia in Global Politics, RIAC, the Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Support Fund, and Orientalia Rossica. In parallel, there is also a stable network of partnerships with the world's leading universities and research centres, which is constantly updated and expanded to include new participants and projects.

Scientific Divisions of WEIA

Ten scientific subdivisions of the faculty—research centres, laboratories, joint departments and project groups—contribute to our comprehensive scientific work:

Science Projects

Faculty members are actively involved in the research activities of HSE University, in particular, in strategic projects: Strategic Project 'Social Policy for Sustainable Development and Inclusive Economic Growth'Strategic Project 'National Centre of Science, Technology and Socio-Economic Foresight'Strategic Project 'Success and Self-Sustainability of the Individual in a Changing World'.

In 2022, research teams led by faculty members won five research grants within the framework of Russian Science Foundation competitions.

The faculty provides additional support for scientific research by funding project groups initiated by scientific and teaching staff.

  • 7 

    large-scale scientific conferences in 2023

  • 12 

    scientific units

  • 7 

    RSF grants

  • 25 

    project teams

  • 8 

    regular scientific seminars

  • 179 

    research assistants

WEIA Journals and Media

Scientific Activities

The annual conference of the School of International Regional Studies is dedicated to discussing the main processes that define the evolution of various regions against the backdrop of key global trends. In 2022, the fourth conference was held under the title ‘The World Majority in the Contemporary International Realities: From Fragmentation to New Institutionalism.’

This annual conference is devoted to key issues in global economic development: trends in international trade, changes in the global energy sector, and the impact of new global challenges on international finance. The participants include representatives of Russian and foreign universities and research centres.

The conference devoted to the study of trends in the development of the countries and peoples of Asia and Africa in the world economy, politics, and culture. The conference programme includes discussion of the problems of traditional Asian and African studies, the development issues of such countries in the 21st century, new approaches in Asian and African studies, and methodological issues of teaching such disciplines (including the languages of the regions). In addition to breakout sessions, the conference includes themed round tables and panel discussions.

This is a regular scientific conference devoted to Russia's cooperation with Spain, Portugal, and Latin American countries. The conference is a platform for discussing the most important issues related to cooperation among leading Russian–Spanish and Spanish scholars in various fields of the social sciences and humanities. The key theme of the conference changes regularly in accordance with trends of the Russian-Ibero-American partnership, while the traditional sections of the event are devoted to political and diplomatic, cultural, humanitarian, trade and economic relations between Russia and the countries of the region.

The objectives of the conference are to intensify the interregional dimension of Russia's turn to the east in the new geopolitical reality, as well as to exchange experience in a variety of areas of international cooperation between Russia and Asian countries. The conference programme includes regional models of international cooperation development, promising markets and their features, the mechanisms and characteristics of entering specific markets, and opportunities to support international cooperation on the part of Russian regions. Participants include the heads of authorities responsible for international activities and the development of foreign partnership, the heads of specialised ministries and state bodies of the Russian Federation, Russian business communities, supervisors and experts from HSE and other universities, and representatives of foreign business.

An annual conference for early-career scholars where participants present reports on the socio-economic and political development of modern Asia. The key topics of discussion change each year depending on current issues in the region's development. There are also traditional sections that facilitate exchange of opinions in broad areas of Asian studies such as innovation, economics and management, politics, history, society, and culture. Participation is open to undergraduate, graduate, specialist and postgraduate students, as well as early-career scientists and university professors.

The Eurasian Online Seminar has been held regularly since April 2020 jointly by the International Laboratory for on World Order Studies and New Regionalism and the School of International Affairs at HSE University. Within the framework of the seminar, outstanding researchers from different countries of the world—internationalists, regionalists, Eurasian studies scholars, and economists—speak to professors and students.

The Online Research Seminar has been held regularly since October 2020 jointly by the Laboratory of World Order Studies and New Regionalism and the Department of International Relations at HSE University. The seminar brings together foreign and domestic young scientists, graduate students and specialists from different research institutes and higher education institutions to speak to teachers and students on international relations, regionalism, and political science. The seminar is an international platform for presenting and discussing recent scientific results obtained by Russian and foreign international relations experts.

In 2021, the HSE University Bulgarian Club, the Laboratory of World Order Studies and New Regionalism, and the School of International Affairs collaborated to launch regular seminars dedicated to the discussion of contemporary international politics with major Bulgarian political experts. The seminars are organised within the framework of the project ‘European Integration: East European Aspect’ under the guidance of Prof. Alexander Lukin. The aim of the project is to familiarise the audience with the Eastern European vision of the problems of the European Union, examine the prospects for the development of relations with Russia, and create a platform for scientific discussion and analysis of these problems.

The research seminar ‘Non-Western Theories of International Relations in a Polycentric World’ is organised by the Laboratory of World Order Studies and New Regionalism and provides a platform for a conceptual understanding of ongoing international processes and discussion of the potential of non-Western theoretical approaches to their analysis. 

A series of research seminars in which the department's staff and invited researchers present their research results, especially those featured in significant publications and those obtained within the framework of ongoing research projects. The seminars discuss issues of international trade and energy development, as well as challenges to economic development in the modern world.

This is a scientific project aimed at exploring current issues of area studies and improving the professional competence of students. The seminars provide practical and theoretical insight into areas of regional studies that are not sufficiently covered in Russia and abroad. Participants gain a comprehensive view of the directions, nature, and dynamics of development of various countries and regions of the modern world. 

The School of International Regional Studies has regularly held practice-oriented online research seminars since 2020. The seminar is led by Prof. Andrey Baklanov, First-Class State Counsellor of the Russian Federation, former Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Saudi Arabia, Head of the Middle East and North Africa Studies Section of the Department of Foreign Regional Studies. The seminar examines topical events related to the development countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

Scientific Committee

The faculty conducts scientific events, funds incoming and outgoing academic mobility (staff participation in conferences, scientific visits by foreign researchers), supports the programme of research assistantships and participation in professional development programmes for its staff, and holds competitions for scientific grants, project groups, and scientific trips. Mechanisms for obtaining support for such research projects are available on the website of the WEIA Scientific Committee.


Priority Research Areas

World Majority Development Theory

The Concept of Development Today

Dominance/Hegemonic Power in the Modern World

War in the New World

Turn to the East 2.0

Strategy for Russia

Students in Science

Research Assistantships

SRPC Competition

Competition of Student Project Groups

Internships in scientific units

Leadership of WEIA Scientific Committee

Alexandra Morozkina
Executive Secretary of the Scientific Committee

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Elizaveta Zakharova
Assistant to the Dean for Research

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