Moscow Institute for Social and Cultural Programmes

The Mechanics of Moscow. Research into an urban environment

About us

The Moscow Institute For Social and Cultural Programmes is an idea lab focused on research and development of urban environment and culture.

As of now, the Institute conducts research in sociology, cultural, social and economic geography, communication and design; offers recommendations based on research; organizes and holds conferences, round tables and seminars.

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Maria Privalova

Maria was appointed Director of the MISCP on January 30, 2015. Prior to that, she served at the Institute as a Senior Fellow, led special projects, was Director of the professional programme at the Moscow International Forum "Culture. Looking into the future."

In 2007–2013 as part of the design agency LimitedUnlimited Maria worked as curator and producer for various cultural projects, including: international design festival DesignAct; LimitedUnlimited.ru online store; "Waiting for the snow" and "What should happen in the woods?" installations at the Central House of Artists; the "Collected Works" festival in the Russian State Library, and many others.

Maria has also organized a number of educational projects (TEDxSkolkovo, TEDxMoscow, discussions on creative industries in the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, course on design for students of the Open University Skolkovo); was in charge of Moscow-related projects at Reframing Studio (Amsterdam).

In 2013–2014, she was a Senior Lecturer at the HSE Faculty of Design. MA in Economics, Higher School of Economics (2005). Specialization: Economic Sociology.

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Alina Bogatkova

Alina provides organizational support for all MISCP projects. She also participates in developing methods and arranging workshops for employees of cultural institutions, provides communication between cultural managers and the research team of the Institute.

Alina graduated from MGIMO-University. She previously worked at the IBS-Plekhanov (International Business School), was Deputy Director of the State Museum of M. Bulgakov.

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Kirill Puzanov

Kirill is in charge of territorial studies; he is also one of the leaders of the "Mechanics of Moscow. Study of the urban environment" project.

PhD in Geography, MA in Sociology, Moscow School of Social and Economic Science; MA in Sociology, University of Manchester (UK). Teaches at Moscow State University and Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.

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Pavel Stepantsov

Pavel is head of sociological studies; he is also one of the leaders of the "Mechanics of Moscow. Study of the urban environment" project.

MA in Sociology, Moscow School of Social and Economic Science and Higher School of Economics; MA in Sociology, University of Manchester (UK). Teaches at Moscow School of Social and Economic Science and Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.

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Yulia Chursina

Yulia is in charge of collecting sociological data. She works as an analyst in research projects.

MA in Sociology, Higher School of Economics.

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Dima Neiaglov

Dima is head of the MISCP Design department. He provides consultations and guidance on design issues to cultural institutions.

Former Creative Director of Digital October Group; worked for G20, SPIEF and International Investment Forum in Sochi, WTO, IBM, Sberbank. Writes about design for LookAtMe.

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Illarion Gordon

Illarion creates illustrations, graphics and overall design for the Institute's materials. He also provides recommendations to cultural institutions.

Typographer, illustrator and designer, Illarion has developed brands for Bloom perfume boutique (London) and DoubleB coffee store; visual styles for a number of restaurants, etc.

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Eugenia Pozdnyakova

Eugenia is head of the Institute's Legal department. She provides legal advice and develops legal documentation.

Eugenia graduated from MGIMO of the MFA of Russia, Faculty of Law, specializing in copyright issues.

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+7 (495) 916-90-68
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