Center for Social Policy Studies | Newsletter | Spring 2022

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Center for Social Policy Studies | Newsletter | Spring 2022

Dear colleagues, we hope this letter finds you well. 

We have a few exciting news to share, the first of them being about the acceptance of our school in the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe also known as NISPAcee. Merely a week ago our application has been approved by the NISPAcee Steering Committee. Hopefully, this would open a new page in our development. 

Moreover, we are glad to announce our up-coming conference. The 8th International conference on Strategies for Developing Social Groups, Institutes and Territories will take place in Ekaterinburg on April 18-19 both offline and online. Following sections are being planned: 

  • ‘Stable development of entrepreneurial strategies: innovations, means of organization and economic safety’;
  • ‘The entrepreneurship in the multi-crisis epoch’;
  • ‘Small and average entrepreneurship: problems and perspectives’;
  • ‘Institutional aspects of the human capital development in Russia’;
  • ‘Support institutes for birth and parenting: reality and perspectives after the pandemic’;
  • ‘Youth today: risks, possibilities, perspectives’;
  • ‘Youth’s social participation: the research experience, organizational means and projects from Russian cities’;
  • ‘Regional administrative during COVID-19’;
  • ‘Youth’s project initiatives in the digitalization epoch: new ideas and their implementation’;
  • ‘The transformation of teaching during the pandemic’;
  • ‘Universities in times of the pandemic: people or numbers?’;
  • ‘Communicating diversity: paradoxes, challenges and opportunities’;
  • ‘Communicational trends’ and values’ transformation in contemporary reality: media, ads, social networks’;
  • ‘The territorial advance strategies: experience, problems, perspectives’.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts up to 300 words and register via the link:

Yours sincerely,
the team of the Center 


News & Events

UrFU’s demographic research school is on the top again

Our research collective has for the third time since 2018 been recognized as one of the leading research schools in Russia. This recognition has been received from the Committee of Presidential Grants. According to the deputy director Anna Bagirova, the supported project concerns the optimization of the current demographic policy in Russia based on the research devoted to several social institutes the potential of which has not yet been properly examined in this context.

ESG - new standards for UrFU

In automne the team of stable development has conducted a research devoted to self-assessment and involvement of different agents in following the seventeen goals of stable development formulated by United Nations Organization in order to create a plan for UrFU. Even with the compelling results of this research the primary goal now is to keep raising awareness of our colleagues and students. Next we are to evaluate the university's carbonic impact on the region and to part-take in international projects related to the stated issue. Emphasized is the desire to create projects and initiatives which imply interaction with manufacturing facilities in the city.


Welcome new Doctor of Science!

On December 21 the degree of Doctor of Economic Science* was awarded to Oksana Schubat by the dissertation board of State Economic University of Samara. Her thesis under the title ‘The methodological development of the statistical research of the birth rate in regional Russia’ was prepared with Anna Bagirova’s consultation and with the support from the Committee of Presidential Grants. Join us in congratulating Oksana on this occasion! 

* In Russia the system of degrees is organized as follows. There are two levels of the higher degree - the first one is the Candidate of Science, which is considered to be an equivalent of PhD and can be obtained after completing one’s Master’s degree, the next one is the Doctor of Science and is only obtainable after the Candidate of Science.

The meeting of the Coordinating board for the evaluation of regulating interactions

Professor Irina Tugel took part in the meeting of the Coordinating board in January. As an expert she contributed to the discussion of possible development routes and problems connected to the application of evaluation of regulating interactions in the Sverdlov region, Russia. The discussion was conducted with the participation of business representatives and experts from the regional government. The first deputy of the regional governor Alexey Shmykov noted that the application of the discussed method in the previous year placed the Sverdlov region in the top-10 of the regional rating. 


Recent publications by CSPS researchers

Pevnaya M., Kostina S., Cernicova-Bucă M., Kazmierczyk J., Asoyan L. Potential of Youth Participation in Local Territory Branding Management // Lex localis - Journal of Local Self-Government. 2022. Vol. 20. No. 1. Pp. 183-214. URL:

The purpose of this article is an attempt to determine the main characteristics of the potential for youth participation in branding of territory for the implementation of a scientific approach to branding of cities with the participation of residents in different countries. This is the first article that relatively approaches the issue of youth participation in branding of places and takes into account different experiences of countries. The results of a survey of young people in several cities in Poland, Romania, Armenia, Russia were used to develop a model of the potential for youth participation in territory branding on the basis of two scales – attractiveness of the territory and willingness of youth to participate in promoting settlements of their residence. Cross-country differences in the representation of various youth groups were identified in terms of their potential for participating in the branding of local territories. The model can be used as a basis for the development of urban programs for involving youth in territory branding. These programs do not differ significantly across countries and cities. However, the model can be used at the first stage of the development of such programs to highlight the specifics of each territory based on an assessment of the potential according to the research presented in the article.

Bagirova A., Shubat O., Ilysheva N. Demographic Policy in Russia: Will New Measures be Effective? // Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance. Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited, 2021. Pp. 36-43. URL:

State demographic policy in Russia is a key element of its domestic policy. In recent years, the government has substantially extended a list of demographic policy measures to rectify the emerging negative demographic tendencies; however, their effectiveness remains highly doubtful. Our study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of fertility-related demographic policy measures implemented in Russia with limited information sources. We used data from the 2020 nationwide survey of population in child-bearing age ‘Russia’s Demographic Well-Being’. For the analysis, we chose questions related to demographic policy measures: 1) assessment of a probability to have a child in the near future (for two cases: if new measures to help families with children are implemented and if they are not implemented); 2) a need for specific measures of family’s social support, 3) awareness of the demographic policy measures; 4) significance of the state support for the respondent’s family. We used descriptive statistics and the Mann–Whitney U-test. The key results are as follows: 1. A quarter of respondents assess a probability to have a child if new additional measures to help families with children are implemented as higher than if they are not implemented; we can forecast that they may respond to the introduction of new measures by having a child. 2. On average, a need for family social support measures is rated 3 out of 5. We did not find any statistically relevant differences in a need for these measures within groups of respondents, who may or may not respond to the new demographic policy measures. 3. The respondents’ awareness of current demographic measures and their significance for their families is related to a potential response to the new demographic policy measures. The group of respondents who expect a positive response assess the significance and awareness as higher than those who are not likely to have a child if additional demographic policy measures are introduced. The results allow us to identify and analyze a group of respondents potentially sensitive to new demographic policy measures. It ensures the assessment of the effectiveness of new demographic policy measures based on a broader set of criteria.

Vlasov M. Impact of the Digital Economy on Regional Economic Security // Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance. Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited, 2021. Pp. 438-446. URL:

At the present stage of social development, digitalization has become of special significance in the economy. The risks and threats inherent in the introduction of innovative technologies keep evaluating the impact of digitalization on the economic security up to date. Based on statistics from Russian regions covering 2014-2019, we made the correlation analysis. It made it possible to prove that it is the development of digital technologies that determines the dynamics of the economic security level. We found that in regions, there is a direct relationship between GRP per capita and the dynamics of costs for information and communication technologies, investments in fixed assets to purchase information technology, computer, and telecommunication facilities, number of organizations that are Internet users, share of people in the population who use the Internet to order goods, works, and (or) services. In most of the cases considered, the correlation coefficient is over 0.9 (very high direct relation). Based on the correlation analysis, we differentiated the digitalization factors that influence economic security levels. The results obtained might in the future be useful to schedule the introduction of innovative digital technologies to achieve better economic security at all management levels. 

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The Newsletter is sent out 4 times a year by the Center for Social Policy Studies, the School of Public Administration and Entrepreneurship, Graduate School of Economics and Management, Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B.N.Yeltsin. The mission of the Center is to create advanced scientific and applied research in the field of social policy and facilitate international scientific cooperation. Use contact information below to subscribe to our Newsletter if you don not yet receive it regularly.

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Anna Bagirova
Doctor of Economics, PhD of Sociological Sciences; Professor of the Department of Sociology and Technologies of Public and Municipal Administration;
Deputy Director for Science and Innovation of the School of Public Administration and Entrepreneurship
Head of the Master's Program “Research and Analytics in Public and Municipal Administration”



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