Center for Social Policy Studies | Newsletter | Autumn 2022

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Center for Social Policy Studies | Newsletter | Autumn 2022

Special materials

  1. Results of 8th International Conference on Strategies for Developing Social Groups, Institutes, and Territories
  2. Thesis defense on the topic “Management of the modern Russian“megacity” development in conditions of territorial differentiation of the urban environment quality”

Welcoming remarks from our researchers

Dear collegues!

Despite the fact that the latest Newsletter was a long time ago, our Center for Social Policy Studies has continued hard scientific work in the direction of social policy and public administration. We would be glad to share our results with you! Exchange of our experience as well as future cooperation in scientific research bring us new frontiers and opportunities.

We congratulate you on the beginning of a new academic year! Wish you an interesting time which will be full of discoveries, success and bright memories. We hope this year will become a good ground to reach new heights!


Alexey Klyuev
PhD in philosophy,
Head of School of public administration
and entrepreneurship of GSEM UrFU


Alexey Klyuev
PhD in philosophy,
Head of School of public administration
and entrepreneurship of GSEM UrFU

8th International Conference on Strategies for Developing Social Groups, Institutes, and Territories

In 18-19 April our School of Public administration and entrepreneurship held the annual International Conference on Strategies for Developing Social Groups, Institutes, and Territories.

The conference gathered sociologists, political scientists, economists and promotion, public relations, and new media experts from different countries such as Russia, India, Belarus, Kazakhstan, China, etc. As a result, a little more than 130 reports presenting the results of sociological, economic, legal, and political science research were made. For two days 25 events were organized: 17 sections, 6 round tables, a master class and a podium discussion.

Governmental bodies and public organizations also participated in discussions. Within the framework of the conference, the Social Council of the Ministry of Social Policy of the Sverdlovsk Region held a meeting, the Russian Society of Sociologists co-organized the section for young scientists, and the Sverdlovsk Regional Branch of the National Parent Association organized a round table on the problems of interaction between universities and parents. The round table "Research Focuses on the Problems of Transforming Universities" was held as part of the charitable program "Vladimir Potanin Scholarship Program" of the Vladimir Potanin Charitable Foundation.


First day

The conference was opened by a panel discussion on the processes of institutions and regional communities’ transformation during and after the pandemic, which was attended by leading Russian scientists: Viktor Rudenko, Dr. of Law, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Chief Researcher of the Institute of Philosophy and Law of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Oleg Roy, Dr. of Sociological Sciences, Professor of Omsk State University, and Aleksey Chechulin, Dr. of Philosophical Sciences, Professor of the Department of State and Municipal Administration of the North-Western Institute of Management of the RANEPA.

During the plenary discussion moderated by Aleksey Klyuev, Head of School of public administration and entrepreneurship of GSEM UrFU, the participants presented their positions on which regional processes were accelerated or slowed down by the pandemic, how regional communities were tested by the pandemic, whether the pandemic has become a field of new opportunities and development for regional communities and institutions. There was also discussed the vision of scientists regarding promising research topics. 

Other events:

Section "Social participation of youth: research experience, management practices and projects of Russian regions and cities" (Chairmen - Dr. of Science, Associate Prof. Mariya Pevnaya, Dr of Science, Prof. Elena Shuklina): researchers from the Ural region shared their experience of involving young people in socio-cultural projects and discussed the potential of Russian volunteering and the socio-economic efficiency of NGOs in intersectoral interaction.

Section "Sustainable development of business systems: innovations, management strategies and economic security" (Chairmen - Corresponding Member. of RAS, Dr. of Economics, Prof. Viktoria Akberdina and Valentina Shkurko): the participants discussed the problems and prospects of local production in modern conditions and the main trends in business transformation in the pandemic and post-pandemic era. Speakers raised issues of economic security, import substitution and the digital economy.

Section “Transformation of Teaching Activities during the Pandemic” (Chairman - Dr. of Pedagogical Sciences, Prof. Tatyana Rezer): participants shared their views on the adaptive capabilities of higher education teachers in the face of uncertainty and the implementation of anti-corruption policies in universities.

Section “Territory Promotion Strategies: Experience, Problems, Prospects” (supervisor – Dr. of Science, Prof. Irina Britvina) raised such topical issues as promotion of resort areas via the Internet, areas of corporate social responsibility of companies, street art as a way to promote the brand, the prospects for the labor potential of the population in a changing demographic situation.

English-language section "Communicating diversity: paradoxes, challenges & opportunities" (Chairman - Ph.D., Associate Prof. Olga Yakimova): researchers shared their experience in promoting food companies, the music industry and gastronomic culture in international markets, discussed the problems of artificial intelligence in managing organizations .


Second day

The meeting of the Social Council of the Ministry of Social Policy of the Sverdlovsk Region "Development of constructive social practices of youth participation in socio-cultural urban projects" was led by of Dr. of Social Sciences Mariya Pevnaya. The participants discussed the resource opportunities of the university in the projects of the third mission, the formats of interaction between universities and social-oriented NGO in the implementation of social projects, and topical issues in working with youth.

The English-speaking section "Entrepreneurship institute in the time of multicrisis" (Chairman - Dr. of Economics, Prof. Sergei Polbitsyn) attracted researchers from Russia, Belarus, India and China. The participants shared their experience of using artificial intelligence in business, discussed the impact of social networks on purchasing power and the characteristics of social entrepreneurship during the pandemic, as well as the role of entrepreneurship in smart cities.

Other events:

The section "Institutes for Supporting Fertility and Parenthood: Realities and Prospects of Post-Pandemic Transformation" (Chairmen - Dr. of Economics, Prof. Anna Bagirova, Dr. of Sociological Sciences Chulpan Ildarkhanova) brought together researchers from Yekaterinburg, Kazan and India. The participants discussed the potential of socially oriented non-profit organizations in supporting Russia's pro-natalist policy, the factors of activating the work of grandparents and women's rights in Indian society.

Section "The Young Generation Today: Risks, Opportunities and Prospects" (Chairmen - Dr. of Sociological Sciences, Prof. Yana Didkovskaya and Dmitry Trynov): the researchers discussed the socio-economic well-being of young people in Russian regions, the economic behavior of students in the context of the problem of educational failure and the conditions for innovative activity of young generations.

Section "Regional Management Practices in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic" (Chairmen - Ph.D., Associate Prof. Alina Kulminskaya, Ph.D., Associate Prof. Varvara Katashinskikh): participants presented reports on the peculiarities of non-working days in autumn 2021 in Sverdlovsk region and the Perm Territory, the experience of the Sverdlovsk Region in introducing QR codes in public places, the contradictions in the fight against the pandemic in the Krasnodar Territory.

Section "Institutional Aspects of the Development of Human Capital in the Russian Federation" (Chairman - Ph.D., Associate Prof. Maxim Vlasov): participants shared their views on the formation of an innovative educational environment, discussed the main reasons for investing in human capital and the features of the implementation of this type of capital in the digital economy.

Section "Project initiatives of youth in the context of digitalization: new ideas and practices for their implementation" (Chairman - Ph.D., Associate Prof. Lyudmila Boronina) students presented their research projects dedicated to enhancing youth participation in urban cultural projects, the effectiveness of tax administration and improving land management mechanism.

Section “Universities during the pandemic: a person or a “number”?” (Chairmen - Ph.D., Associate Prof. Ekaterina Zaitseva, Ph.D., Associate Prof. Dmitry Sivovolov): participants discussed digital capital and human resources of universities, practices and features of teaching in the changing conditions of the pandemic, including in the forms of the massive open online courses’ implementation.

Seminar "Young scientists in youth research" (chaired by Dr. of Philosophy, Prof. Yuri Vishnevsky, Ph.D. Darya Telepaeva and Ph.D. Elena Andrianova): scientists touched upon the problems of the impact of digitalization on the housing market for youth, the importance of social infrastructure in outlying areas of the city, and the phenomenon of "left behind children" in China.

The section “Digitalization of Public Administration: Challenges of the Pandemic and Prospects for Development” (supervisors – Ph.D., Associate Prof. Galina Bannykh, Ph.D., Associate Prof. Svetlana Kostina) explored the awareness of young people about communication technologies in government bodies, improving the quality and accessibility of state and municipal services, Internet communication technologies in promoting authorities.

Section "Public management of the processes of formation of new social practices of Russians in a pandemic: a regional aspect" (Chairmen - Ph.D., Associate Prof. Lyudmila Voronina, Ph.D., Associate Prof. Tatyana Kasyanova): participants raised research problems of training municipal employees, preventive work with older citizens, transformation of youth leisure practices during a pandemic.

The section "Transformation of trends and values ​​of communication in modern realities: media, advertising, social networks" (Chairman - Dr. of Philology, Associate Prof. Tatyana Leontyeva) examined the changing values ​​of today's youth, new marketing tools and updating issues of direct interaction between authorities and citizens.

We are glad to congratulate our researcher Olga Notman on thesis defense on the topic "Management of modern Russian“megacity”development in conditions of territorial differentiation of the urban environment quality" and share the results of work with you!


Notman Olga


The complex and contradictory nature of the “megacity” phenomenon provokes discussions about the priority vectors of their development and highlights the problem of improving the management of their development in the wake of scientific understanding.
Nowadays scientists have found two definitions of megacity:

  1. Megacities as places of concentration of resources and capital - drivers of development of their regions and countries
  2. Megacities as the sources of a complex of modern problems (ecology, security, sharp contrasts in life, intra-urban inequalities, disproportions in the quality of the urban environment)

The goal is to develop the conceptual framework for studying the management of the development of modern Russian megacities and identify opportunities for implementing a co-management model aimed at improving the quality of the environment of micro-local urban areas.

Most significant results of the study:

  1. The notion of "megacity" is conceptualized from the standpoint of integrating formal-quantitative, legal, functional and systemic approaches, which make it possible to single out a complex of its interrelated and complementary characteristics, functions, contradictions in the interpretations and national (Russian) specifics of their formation and development.
  2. The author's modification of the theory of urban regimes is proposed, taking into account the specific Russian realities, which limit the possibilities for the formation of independent, stable urban regimes, but do not completely exclude them in more "flexible" variants.
  3. For the first time, the concept of “micro-local urban regime” has been introduced into scientific circulation, by which it is proposed to understand the interaction of municipal and civil society in the space of an everyday, apolitical agenda related to ensuring the quality of the environment in level of intra-urban local territories.
  4. Olga Notman developed a new model of the management system of a modern Russian megacity reflecting the tiered nature of the management of super-large urban systems; the specifics of city government as a multi-subject local government; and the horizontal nature of the urban management process.
  5. The author's methodology for studying the territorial differentiation of the environment quality of a megalopolis has been developed, built on the theoretical basis of the "15-minute city" model, integrating the provisions of a polycentric, human-oriented, inclusive, environmentally, economically and socially sustainable urban development in a micro-dimensional context.
  6. The urban environment is defined as a complex of interrelated conditions that have a direct or indirect impact on the processes of life support and the life sustainability of the population. The main sociological criterion for assessing the quality of the urban environment is the ability to implement life-supporting and life-sustaining needs of the population.
  7. The author developed empirical model and methodology for assessing the territorial differentiation of the quality of the urban environment using composite indices and sub-indices that allow assessing the integral quality of the environment of microterritories, the quality of development of its individual elements, and the functional saturation of territories.
  8. Due to approbation of methodology to study the territorial differentiation of the quality of the megacity environment, positional mapping was carried out and an information and analytical base was created for developing programs for the development of urban microdistricts, using the example of Yekaterinburg.

Cartogram of the quality of megacity environment (Yekaterinburg)

Thanks for support the Administration of Yekaterinburg within the framework of the research work "Formation of the long-term development concept of residential microdistricts in Yekaterinburg until 2035" and the Council for grants of the President of the RF for state support of leading scientific schools in RF.

International collaboration & research

In the beginning of June, the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee) and the Faculty of Public Administration and Business, University of Bucharest, held the 30th NISPAcee Annual Conference "CRISES, VULNERABILITY AND RESILIENCE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION in Bucharest, Romania.

The NISPAcee 2022 conference, taking place in the aftermath of the global coronavirus crisis and cognizant of the shocks received by all—local, regional, national and international—public administration and governance systems, aimed to contribute to the response to these challenges.

The seminar was attended by over 40 civil servants and scientists from NISPAcee and UN DESA, with geographical coverage from Central and Eastern Europe to the Caucasus and Central Asia.

The NISPAcee conference provided an opportunity for participants to strengthen collaboration and partnerships between public administration schools and government institutions in the region and beyond, bringing together communities of practice and scholars to find approaches that help strengthen public administration resilience to various crises.


Galina Bannykh

Doctor of Social Sciences, 
Associate Professor of the Department of Theory, Methodology and Legal Support of State and Municipal Administration

Our researcher Galina Bannykh presented her work “Digital maturity of public authorities: the case of Russia”. In her presentation she defined that the digitalization of public relations and the public administration system has led to intensive changes in internal processes in government and administration. Digital transformation should become a strategic transformation of relations between the state and citizens, both in general and in relation to individual public administration bodies. However, understanding its essence and measuring the level of digital maturity of public administration bodies is a debatable issue both among officials and employees, and in the scientific community. Therefore, the purpose of the article is to analyze the features of digital transformation and digital maturity of public authorities in Russia.

European Dialogue

On February 24-25, 2022, The Trans-European Dialogue (TED2022) international conference "Bureaucratic Transformations: Longitudinal Perspectives on Local and (Supra) National Public Administration" was held in Bergen (Norway). The conference was organized by the University of Bergen together with the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee). School of Public Administration and Entrepreneurship GSEM UrFU has been a member of NISPAcee since the beginning of 2022.

The conference was devoted to the problems of state and municipal management in the conditions of economic, epidemiological and environmental crisis.  It discussed issues of the organizational structure of the authorities, lobbying, trust in the authorities, effective management in conditions of instability. The main purpose of the event is to find solutions to current problems through an open dialogue between representatives of the authorities and the scientific community.

Natalia Blednova, an assistant in the Department of Sociology and Technologies of State and Municipal Administration of GSEM UrFU, took part in the conference and presented a report on the topic "Leave Policy System in Russia: Is It Time to Change?" (co-authored with the professor of the department, Vice Director for research and innovations of GSEM UrFU Anna Bagirova). Evgenia Kuznetsova, Ph.D. in Law, Associate Professor of the Department of Theory, Methodology and Law Support of State and Municipal Administration of GSEM UrFU, also took part in the conference with a study on "Handling emergency issues in Russia, India and South Africa: comparative research".


News & events

Researchers from Center for Social Policy Studies participated in the creation of professional standard “Demographer”

The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation issued Order No. 346n “On approval of the professional standard “Demographer”. Scientists from the School of Public Administration and Entrepreneurship of the Institute of Economics and Management of UrFU took part in its development. The work on the preparation of the professional standard was organized by the Institute for Demographic Research of the Federal Scientific Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Scientific Council "Demographic and Migration Problems of Russia", the research has been conducted since January 2021.

UrFU and Anna Bagirova, Dr. of Economics, PhD of Sociological Sciences, Deputy Director for Science and Innovation of the School of Public Administration and Entrepreneurship, acted as one of the organizers and developers of this document, along with other leading demographic scientific and educational centers of the country.

The topic of demographic research is one of the most important in this educational program. Teachers and students are working on the implementation of research projects on demographic issues, supported by grants from scientific foundations. Master's theses on demography and demographic policy are defended at the university every year, and research continues in graduate school.

The participation of the Ural Federal University in the development of the professional standard "Demographer" demonstrates the recognition of the university's leadership in the field of social policy research, the training programs for which are concentrated at the School of Public Administration and Entrepreneurship.

Digital platform "Open geoportal" will appear in Yekaterinburg

In 2022 in Yekaterinburg a digital platform “Open geoportal “Human well-being” will appear. The agreement on its creation and development was signed at the industrial exhibition "Innoprom-2022" by the rector of the Ural Federal University Victor Koksharov and the head of the Yekaterinburg administration Alexei Orlov. On July 7, the Ministry of Digital Development and Communications of the Sverdlovsk Region joined the agreement too. The platform will be created as part of the strategic project "Human Well-Being in the Context of Digital Transformation" under the program to support Russian universities "Priority 2030".

The platform will provide city data, a personalized set of widgets and system modules, information dashboards for individual data sets, and municipal development forecasting blocks based on big data analysis.

The researchers plan to create a scalable model for monitoring and using data on the level of socio-economic well-being of residents to make necessary management decisions, predict risks, and prevent the growth of social tension in the process of digital transformation of territories.

The strategic project of Ural Federal University "Human well-being in the context of digital transformation" corresponds to the key vector of development of the the Middle Urals’ capital, aimed at a sustainable increase in the quality of life of citizens.

Definition: The strategic project "Human well-being in the context of digital transformation" under the program "Priority 2030" involves the conduct of population studies in the field of psychological and socio-economic well-being, socio-linguistic, demographic and historical empirical studies on certain types of well-being.

Our new publications

Cernicova-Bucă M., Pevnaya M., Shuklina E. (2022). Students’ participation in the socio-cultural development of the city: socio-cultural agency issues (international research perspectives). Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya (5), pp.101-113 DOI: 10.31857/S013216250018512-6

The article tackles the issue of youth agency, understood as desire and ability of young people to engage in the socio-cultural development of their cities of choice for pursuing higher education. This contribution tries to clarify factors to be considered in analyzing youth agency in an international perspective. It is based on an internationally conducted survey in 2020, among students in regional centers from Russia, Armenia, Poland and Romania (target sample N = 1272). Across their different socio-cultural backgrounds and context of living and studying, young people share similarities regarding their readiness to get involved in projects of territorial development but also display significant distinctive features to be considered in international comparisons. The cross-country comparison highlighted existence of four models of agency.

  • Russian youth is characterized mainly by an “escapist” model of agency, with a low level of readiness for social participation and a lack of experience in such activities.
  • Two models dominate in Armenia: “active” with a high level of readiness and real involvement, as well as the model of “potential development”.
  • In Poland, the level of social participation among students is much higher than in other countries, but it is predominantly passive.
  • Romanian students demonstrate an actualized “active” model of socio-cultural agency. At the same time, the potential for its development is low.

These findings help explain the variations in students’ readiness to participate in urban socio-cultural development projects.

Read the full text of the paper here.

Bagirova A.P., et al. "Young people about the future of Russia and about themselves: the challenges of the present and the construction of the horizons of the future (based on the materials of the VIII stage of monitoring the dynamics of the socio-cultural development of the Ural students in 1995–2020)." (2021).

We bring to your attention a collective monograph summarizing the results of the VIII stage of a sociological monitoring study of students in the Sverdlovsk region. This monitoring is unique in its duration - 1995-2020, 25 years can be called as a "generational step". The number of respondents to the monitoring is also impressive; more than 12,000 students took part in it at all stages. Based on the generalization of trends and problems in the socio-cultural development of the students of the Middle Urals, in 2020 the researchers focused on the promising attitudes of students.

The most important conclusion of the study: for most students the desired future is a society of social justice, material well-being and mutual respect. Victor Koksharov, rector of the Ural Federal University, noted: "I am convinced that the monograph presented to the reader is an excellent material for researchers, practitioners, and leaders in the areas of social and youth policy."

Read the full text of the paper here

Leontyeva T.V., Shchetinina A.V. (2022). New Russian socio-political phraseology: development trends. Russian Language Studies, No. 2., pp. 186-202. DOI 10.22363/2618-8163-2022-20-2-186-202.

The results of observations on stable expressions limited to socio-political topics, extracted from modern publicist texts, are presented. The relevance of studying the new phraseology that appears and functions in media texts is due to the need to comprehend the society transformations and changes in socio-political realities. The purpose of the research is to characterize expressions in institutional relations, nominating power relations, and the phenomena of conflict communication as new phraseological units of the political sphere. The article introduces the new material: most of the studied phraseology have appeared relatively recently in the Russian language, is not recorded in dictionaries and was extracted from media texts and the National Corpus of the Russian language. In order to determine the model of phraseological nomination, the authors used the method of component analysis, and in order to formulate the meaning - the method of context analysis and reconstruction of the set expression meaning. Phraseological units that call public actions, social actors, forms of communication were analyzed. It is concluded that the emergence and functioning of the analyzed phraseological units in speech are due to the fact that the speaker or writer solves some pragmatic problem. In the socio-political environment, his intention especially often stems from the need to select effective speech means for performing the communicative tasks of recruiting (according to this principle, the names of public actions are developed to involve a larger number of participants), ranking (phraseological groups with grading concepts of the same row are used) and hedging (indirect nomination reduces the communication conflict).

Read the full text of the paper here.

Voroshilova, A., & Bagirova, A. (2022). Parenting-allocated time in families of the ural russian region: Amounts and determinants. [Tempo alocado para a paternidade em famílias da região Ural da Rússia: quantidades e determinantes; Tiempo asignado a la crianza en familias de la región Ural de Rusia: cantidades y determinantes] Revista Brasileira De Estudos De Populacao, 39 doi:10.20947/S0102-3098a0197

This study aims to measure the time allocated to child raising using parents’ self-assessment and the criterion of subjective time sufficiency or insufficiency. We surveyed 545 Russian parents from the Ural region and used factor analysis to identify the main determinants that affect the self-assessment of time allocated to parenting. We found that parents in the Russian Ural region believe they do not spend enough time with their children. Reasons for the insufficient amount of time allocated to parenting are the following: overload of labor duties at home and at work, psychological causes of intergenerational interaction, external reasons − studies, poor health, the need to care for other relatives and so on.

Read the full text of the paper here.

Our researchers are looking forward to cooperating with you with you in the following fields:

Higher education research, universities as drivers of social and economic development of territories:

  • Alexey Kluev (,, PhD in philosophy, head of SPAE UrFU; Alexander Yashin (,, PhD in economics; Sergey Polbitsin (, prof., dr. of economics; Ludmila Bannikova (,, dr. of social sciences; Ludmila Boronina (,, leading specialist in analytical work.

Demographic problems:

  • Fertility, parenting, reproduction of human capital: Anna Bagirova (, prof., dr. of economics; Angelica Voroshilova (, PhD in social sciences.
  • Large family problems: Svetlana Kostina (,, PhD in social sciences.
  • Migration studies: Irina Britvina (, prof., dr. of social sciences; - Educational migration: Galina Savchuk (,, PhD in social sciences, head of department of integrated communications and branding;
  • Migration in the global perspective: Olga Yakimova (,, PhD in social sciences;
  • Population ageing: Tatiana Rezer (, prof., dr. of pedagogics.

Regional studies:

  • Innovations: Svetlana Panikarova (, prof., dr. of economics; Sergey Polbitsin (, prof., dr. of economics.
  • Rankings of territories: Anna Bagirova (, prof., dr. of economics.
  • Agriculture: Sergey Polbitsin (, prof., dr. of economics.

Reforming in the field of state and municipal administration in Russia:

  • Svetlana Kostina (,, PhD in social sciences; Galina Bannykh (,, PhD in social sciences.

Youth research:

  • Civic engagement and innovation potential: Yana Didkovskaya (, prof., dr. of social sciences.
  • Volunteerism: Mariya Pevnaya (, prof., dr. of social sciences; Anna Kuzminchuk (,, PhD in social sciences.
  • Well-being of students, problems of modern youth: Yuriy Vishnivsky (, prof., dr. of philosophy; Alina Kulminskaya (,, PhD in social sciences.

Legal studies:

  • Evgenia Kuznetsova (,, PhD in legal sciences; Nina Symaniuk (,, PhD in legal sciences.

Contact information

The Newsletter is published 4 times a year by the Center for Social Policy Studies at the School of Public Administration and Entrepreneurship of the Graduate School of Economics and Management of the 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.

Please if you have any questions contact

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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