Faculty of Urban and Regional Development


We are a faculty about the city and for the city. 

The Faculty of Urban and Regional Development integrates a wide range of HSE University competences in the fields of economics, sociology, law, management, etc., related to urban development and management. We view urbanism as a universal reference frame uniting multiple interpretations of the city based on the complex study of the urban lifestyle phenomenon, critical revision of current professional practices, urban planning approaches and decision-making technologies.




A team from HSE University's Faculty of Urban and Regional Development took part in the Global Mayor’s Forum—a global event in urban development. Held in December 2023 in Guangzhou (PRC), the largest congress of urban planners brought together more than 800 guests from 65 cities and 37 countries, as well as nine international organisations.
January 10
An international consortium of research organisations from China, India, and Russia, including HSE University’s Faculty of Urban and Regional Development represented by experts from the Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urban Studies and Planning and the Centre for Social Research and Technological Innovation (CITY), is developing an index of technological and spatial urban development (the Urban & Innovation Environment Index). Recently, a list of the top 10 largest cities of the BRICS countries was published on the project’s website. The Russian capital took the first place in the ranking, followed by Beijing, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, and Guangzhou.
September 12, 2023
On September 1st, a new season of the open Student Research Paper Competition (SRPC) started. This competition is aimed at developing the potential of university students who are interested in academic activities. Students, as well as 2023 graduates of Russian and foreign universities, can submit their papers for the competition until October 15th, 2023. This year SRPC turns 20 years old, throughout the competition’s history, Vadim Radaev, HSE University’s First Vice Rector, has been the chair of the organising committee. In today’s interview, he talks about the history of the competition and the key stages in its development.
September 04, 2023


  • Book

    Bobrova E., Zhukov A., Konovaltseva T. V. et al.

    Structure and properties of fibrous thermal insulation materials

    Modeling the structure of fibrous material is carried out in order to study the laws of the formation of  the properties of the material, its properties and optimize the ways of using such a material in constructions. The purpose of the research described in the article was to develop the foundations for the formation of a universal model of the structure and formation of  the properties of mineral wool products.

    M.: AIP Publishing LLC, 2023.

  • Article

    Shepelenko A., Shepelenko P., Panidi K. et al.

    How the emotions evoked by homeless pets induce online charitable giving

    In this study, we investigated the relationship between emotions and charitable behavior in the context of pet charities. In particular, we examined the role of pet characteristics such as age, health status, signs of homelessness, and the animal being in the presence of a human as factors in a potential donor’s emotional state (valence and arousal) that are associated with the willingness to donate. We conducted an online experiment in which participants (N = 54) voluntarily donated in response to being presented with pictures of dogs in various conditions. Emotional state was measured as self-reported valence and arousal. Our findings showed that willingness to donate was higher when participants experienced unpleasant emotions with a high arousal. In addition, we found that animals’ apparent sickness and signs of homelessness provoked larger donations, while age (adult or puppy) and being in the presence of a human did not affect charitable behavior. Our study contributes to the research  on the effectiveness of charity appeals in the context of pet charities and complements the literature on human prosocial behavior in support of other species. The results have practical implications for the development of advertising on behalf of pet charities as they explore the impact of dogs’ characteristics on donors’ emotions and willingness to donate under ecologically valid conditions, in contrast to previous laboratory studies.

    Journal of Philanthropy and Marketing. 2024. Vol. 29. No. 2.

  • Book chapter

    Nadezhda Zamyatina.

    Development cycles of cities in the Siberian North

    This chapter describes the development cycles of cities in the Siberian North. These cycles are typically connected to the boom-and-bust cycles in associated natural resource development. I discuss the oil and gas cities of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug “Ugra,” the Yamal peninsula, the Yenisei North (Igarka, Dudinka), and Dickson on the northern sea route. Using ethnographic interviews, I analyze the characteristics of different phases of development and changes in the social sphere and the mood of citizens across these phases and geographic areas. I discuss on the peculiarities of urban development in Siberia based on different resource exploitation histories and the possibilities of moving to a post-raw material stage of development in the Siberian North.  

    In bk.: The Siberian World. Routledge, 2023. Ch. 24. P. 352-363.

  • Working paper

    Muleev Y. Y.


    Financial losses due to low demand for parking spaces in garages at residential estates is a key motivation for this research. The purpose of this paper in particular is to statistically explore the relationship between parking occupancy rates and various factors on transport supply, characteristics of location and the building. The occupancy rate of parking was measured as the ratio of actual number of cars to total number of parking spaces. The fieldwork on counting occupied parking spaces was conducted 2 times per day during a week on a sample of 13 locations in different areas of a 1.4-million Yekaterinburg city in Russia. 4700 observed parking spaces give sample size of 173 records. Statistical analysis shows that the crow-fly distance to the city center as well as the number of public transport stops are strongly associated with occupancy rate for parking. Also, occupancy rate is much more affected by the type of parking ownership. Private owning means purchase of a parking space or renting it while public ownership suggests free access. So private parking means a 45% decline in occupancy compared to the public parking regime. Research provides empirical results and some theoretical underpinnings are also highlighted.

    Urban and Transportation Studies. URB. НИУ ВШЭ, 2020. No. 9.

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