The Federal State Budgetary Institution of Science Institute for Regional Economic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IRES RAS) is established in 1974. It operates under the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation. IRES RAS is a part of the Economics Section of the Department of Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

IRES RAS employs highly qualified specialists, including one academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 21 Doctors of Sciences and 32 Candidates of Sciences.

Key research areas:

  • Developing strategies for the advancement of regional socio-economic systems and exploring novel methods for organizing society and economy on a territorial level;
  • Analyzing the socio-economic implications of scientific and innovative activities in the region;
  • Addressing socio-economic issues of establishing an effective system for ecological safety for the population;
  • Investigating labor, social development, and social protection of the population in the region;
  • Conducting theoretical research in economics;
  • Employing mathematical modeling techniques for urban and regional economic issues;
  • Investigating theoretical and applied problems in information technology as it pertains to economic, sociological, and humanitarian research;
  • Developing theories and modeling methods for analyzing the impact of economic activity on the natural environment and the economics of nature management.

The Institute's applied research focuses on the socio-economic development of the North-West of Russia and its regions.

IRES RAS organizes All-Russian and regional scientific conferences with international participation on various topics related to regional economy.

IRES RAS provides postgraduate studies (on a contractual basis in full-time education) in the scientific specialty 5.2.3 "Regional and Sectoral Economics" as well as additional professional education and advanced training.

IRES RAS has a Dissertation Council and a branch of the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences.


Director of IRES RAS Doctor of Economics, Professor Alexey D. Shmatko

Address: 38 Serpukhovskaya str., Saint Petersburg, 190013



Tel:   +7 (812) 316 48 65

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Laboratory for Complex Research of Spatial Development of Regions

Head of the laboratory – Doctor of Economics, Professor Sergey V. Kuznetsov

Key research areas:

-          strategy of development of regional socio-economic systems, application of new forms and methods of territorial organization of society and economy

-          socio-economic problems of transformation of scientific and innovative activity in the region


Laboratory for Complex Research of Social and Ecological-Economic Development of Regions

Head of the laboratory - Candidate of Economics, Associate Professor Alexander K. Neshcheret

Key research areas:

-          research of fundamental problems of the modern labor market, transformation of the employment of Russian regions in the conditions of scientific and technological modernization and transition to the digital economy

-          study of regional problems of social and ecological-economic development, formation of the social protection system of the population in the context of the implementation of the national development goals of the Russian Federation for the period up to 2030

-          research of the fundamental foundations of ecological and economic balance, the formation of a "green" and circular economy, bioeconomics, sustainable production and consumption as a factor of socio-economic development of Russian regions


Center for Regional Problems of Quality Economics

Head of the Center – Doctor of Economics, Professor, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Vladimir V. Okrepilov

The main goal of the Center's activities is fundamental and applied scientific research of the quality of life and the search for solutions to significant socio-economic problems on the conceptual basis of the quality economy.

Key research areas:

-          research of the fundamentals of the innovative economy as the most important condition for improving the quality of life;

-          study of the role of the regional factor in the Russian economy on the basis of theoretical and methodological approaches of quality economics;

-          participation in the development of state policy in the field of improving the quality of life


Laboratory for Analysis and Modeling of Socio-Demographic Processes

Head of the laboratory - Doctor of Biological Sciences  Gayane L. Safarova

Key research areas:

  • study of socio-demographic aspects of the aging of the population of Russia and the regions, including comparative studies
  • development and research of aggregated dynamic models of population organization processes under the influence of socio-economic factors
  • investigation of the properties of cultural transmission models with a finite number of agents of different types
  • analysis of macroeconomic patterns of development of market economies using mathematical modeling of economic growth processes
  • the study of net present value (NPV) and its derivatives.


Laboratory for Theoretical Economics and Regional Management

Head of the laboratory - Doctor of Economics, Professor Viktor F. Bogachev

Key research areas:

  • Development of the theory of general economic equilibrium.
  • The development of modern game theory as an economic modeling apparatus, as a means of studying generalized ideas about economic equilibrium and social justice, as the basis of mathematical models of decision-making in conditions of uncertainty and differences of interests.


Laboratory for Mathematical Methods of Data Analysis

Head of the laboratory - Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Vladimir T. Perekrest

Key research areas:

  • development of thematic databases of panel data
  • development and introduction of conceptual analytical and metrological models
  • development and maintenance of information and analytical research models


Laboratory of Mathematical Modeling of Functional and Spatial development of Cities

Head - Candidate of Technical Sciences Leonid A. Losin

Key research areas:

  • development and improvement of transport and urban planning models
  • development of a model for the functioning of transport systems at the "pre-network" level
  • development of models for the placement of service system facilities based on an assessment of the potential demand for the services of these systems
  • development of models and methods of mass economic assessment of urban real estate. the use of gravity models to build a rational structure of land use in accordance with the principle of best use
  • creation of mathematical modeling tools for solving problems of preserving the architectural and historical appearance of urban development. construction of perception zones of architectural ensembles and dominants
  • development of models and methods for forecasting the socio-economic consequences of making planning, project and management decisions
  • construction of formalized descriptions of social and economic systems. development of methods of qualitative analysis and conceptual processing of information about socio-economic processes
  • development of information systems to support humanitarian and sociological research development of mathematical methods and models for assessing the impact of economic activity on the natural environment
  • economics of environmental management


Scientific journal "Economics of the North-West: problems and prospects of development"

ISSN: 2411-4588

Founder: Institute of Regional Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Editor-in-Chief: Doctor of Economics, Professor, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladimir V. Okrepilov

Periodicity of publication: 4 issues per year.

The journal "Economics of the North-West: problems and prospects of development" is included in the List of peer-reviewed scientific publications in which the main scientific results of dissertations for the degree of Candidate and Doctor of Sciences of the following specialties:

5.2.2. Mathematical, statistical and instrumental methods in Economics

5.2.3. Regional and sectoral economy

5.2.6. Management

The structure of the journal presents the most relevant issues of theory, methodology and practice of regional development:

  • Theory of spatial development;
  • Socio-economic development of individual regions;
  • Strategy of transformation of socio-economic space and territorial development of the North-West of Russia;
  • Young scientists. Modern regional science: search and discoveries;
  • Scientific life.

In 2017, the journal was included in the list of the Higher Attestation Commission No. 2411-4588 on 06.06.2017

Editorial Office address: 38 Serpukhovskaya str., Saint Petersburg, 190013

Tel.+7 (812) 316-69-22, +7 (812) 316-48-65