SDSN Russia

SDSN Russia


1. SDSN Russia management and coordination

mau vaVladimir Mau
Doctor of Economics, Professor, Honoured Economist of the Russian Federation
Head of SDSN Russia
Rector of The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)
Member of SDSN Leadership Council




BarinovaVera Barinova
SDSN Russia Manager,
Deputy Head of the Centre for Economic Modelling of Energy and Environment, Institute of applied economic research, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)




LanshinaTatiana Lanshina
SDSN Youth Coordinator in Russia,
Senior research associate of the Centre for Economic Modelling of Energy and Environment, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA),
Distributed and Local Energy (DALE) Initiative Coordinator in Russia





2. SDSN Russia objectives

1. Raising awareness about the SDGs and “localizing” the goals through multi-stakeholder workshops and policy analyses;
2. Promoting Solution Initiatives for sustainable development in the region that can have a transformative impact on sustainable development;
3. Promoting education for sustainable development;
4. Assisting governments in identifying local, national, and regional sustainable development challenges and in devising long-term strategies.
5. Promoting and supporting SDSN Russia member organizations’ projects 

3. Center for Economic Modeling of Energy and Environment, the Institute of Applied Economic Research of The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)

The Russian offices of SDSN and SDSN Youth were established in 2016 and are based in the Center for Economic Modeling of Energy and Environment, the Institute of Applied Economic Research of The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).

The Center’s researchers specialize in the development of economic and mathematical models to build scenarios for the energy sector, to analyze economic, energy and environmental policies and their influence on the economic growth, as well as to analyze renewable energy issues. The main research areas of the center are:

  • «Green» economic growth and sustainable development;
  • Energy technology innovations, including renewable energy, economic modelling of energy development;
  • Long-term scenarios of the energy sector development;
  • Evaluating opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Environmental policies, analysis of economic and energy policies;
  • Assessment of opportunities in the renewable energy sector.

The center took part in the DDPP project and has been coordinating the work of the Russian team on the FABLE project.

An important research line in 2018 will be the identification of related characteristics of achieving SDGs, as well as building probabilistic scenarios for changing indicators of sustainable development depending on exogenous indicators, using probabilistic econometric intercountry models with latent variables.

The center will also assess the economic potential of renewable energy sources, taking into account regional and structural patterns of power generation and consumption.

4. SDG studies in Institute of Applied Economic Research (IAER) of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)

The Institute of Applied Economic Research (IAER) is the leading structural subdivision of The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), which was established in 2003 and has been performing research activities since then. There are 32 research centers that conduct fundamental and applied studies in the field of economic, social and human sciences. IAER also provides expert support to the government authorities of the Russian Federation.

Studies of many IAER centers and laboratories are closely related to sustainable development issues. These centers and laboratories include:

  • Center for Economic Modeling of Energy and Environment,
  • Center for Lifelong Learning Economics,
  • Center for Agricultural and Food Policy,
  • Center for Agricultural Research,
  • Laboratory of Entrepreneurship Research,
  • Laboratory of Economic Growth Issues
  • Laboratory for Industry Markets and Infrastructure Research,
  • Center for Regional Studies and Urban Studies,
  • Center for Regional Development Strategies, etc.

5. SDSN Russia members

SDSN Russia includes Russia’s leading universities, non-profit organizations and associations of individuals, focused on achieving SDGs in Russia:

  • WWF Russia
  • Lomonosov Moscow State University (Faculty of Economics)
  • International Center of Sustainable Energy Development under the auspices of UNESCO
  • National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE)
  • Open School of Sustainable Development
  • Regional public organization "International partnership and cooperation"
  • Russian-German Bureau of Ecological Information (RNEI)
  • St. Petersburg State University (Institute of Earth Sciences)
  • Russian Carbon Fund
  • Efficient Energy Use Center
  • Environmental Investments Center

In 2017, ten more organizations applied to join SDSN Russia; as a result, by 2018, the number of SDSN Russia member organizations has almost doubled.

6. SDSN and SDSN Youth activities in Russia

During their first year of work, SDSN Russia and SDSN Youth Russia took part in several dozens of events in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, Sochi, Arkhangelsk and Arkhangelsk region, Kursk and other Russian cities. They established cooperation with leading organizations engaged in studying, promoting, localizing and implementing SDGs in Russia and abroad.

SDSN5The SDG Index, prepared by SDSN and Bertelsmann Stiftung, was presented at events with the participation of experts from the World Bank, the Eurasian Economic Commission, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, UNDP, Rosstat, the Russian Association of Statisticians, representatives from ministries and departments of the CIS countries.

The concept of sustainable development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals were presented to a wide audience of Russian students and young professionals at RANEPA and beyond. The aspects and problems of implementing SDG7 ("Affordable and clean energy") were discussed in detail at the SDSN Youth lectures during the course of the summer school "About 100 Percent Renewable Energy" in Arkhangelsk region (Zekhnovo village), at the eco-festival "The Day of Leopard" in Moscow and during the 5th St. Petersburg International Youth Forum in St. Petersburg.

Key SDSN Russia 2017 events

The World Festival of Youth and Students (WFMS), Sochi

At the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi in October 2017, the Open School of Sustainable Development, the SDSN Russia member organization, conducted a session “Know Your Goals. UN Sustainable Development Goals”, in which Tatiana Lanshina, the SDSN Youth Coordinator in Russia, took part. The speakers of the session presented key information on the SDGs and on the role of higher education in the promotion and implementation of the SDGs, they also organized a workshop. The participants of the workshop developed and presented solutions for the localization and promotion of sustainable development goals.

Workshop “SDGs for Russia”, St.Petersburg

In October 2017, the Center for Strategic Research (CSR) has organized a workshop "Sustainable Development Goals for Russia" in St. Petersburg within the framework of the XVI All-Russian Forum "Strategic Planning in Regions and Cities of Russia: Tools and Resources for Implementation", in which representatives of the SDSN Russia took part.
Vera Barinova, SDSN Russia manager, presented the SDG Index. SDSN Russia representatives also moderated the workshop, which brought together students, young professionals and community leaders. During the event, students and specialists diagnosed the current state of implementation of the three SDGs. The results of the workshop were presented by RANEPA student Maxim Zhukov at the plenary session of the forum "Strategic Planning in Regions and Cities of Russia" . The forum was moderated by A. Kudrin, the CSR chairman.

Climate hackathon “Climathon”, Moscow

On 27-28 October 2017, on the eve of the World Climate Conference COP23, RANEPA held the climate hackathon "Сlimathon". It was a simultaneous event that took place in 240 cities in 34 countries on six continents. Climate-KIC - Europe's largest public-private partnership, which focuses on climate innovation to adapt to climate change and mitigate the consequences of these changes, was the lead organizer of the global event.
The organizers of Climathon in Moscow were the Russian Carbon Fund, RANEPA and SDSN Russia. Nine Russian teams were working on innovative solutions in circular economy for 24 hours. Their projects were aimed at solving problems of collecting, sorting and processing of waste. The first place was taken by the team "Smart litter bins" from the Vladimir city RANEPA campus.

7. SDSN Russia Youth Ambassadors Project

In 2017, the Russian branch of SDSN Youth launched the SDSN Russia Youth Ambassadors project. This initiative has two aims:

  • Involve students and young professionals in Sustainable Development Goals (SGD) awareness projects among young people;
  • Support talented young people in the development and implementation of sustainable development solutions.

Students and young professionals who have expressed a desire to join the project receive the status of SDSN Youth Russia ambassadors. They are invited to take part in the research activities of the Center for Economic Modeling of Energy and Environment, complete SDG Academy courses, obtain and improve public speaking and organizing skills, as well as launch their own sustainable development projects.
In less than a month, 37 volunteers from 10 Russian cities joined the SDSN Russia Youth Ambassadors project. This success was achieved through an active involvement of the Russian SDSN Youth branch in the events on sustainable development, and due to the support of SDSN Russia members, above all the Open School of Sustainable Development. Involving volunteers from different regions in Russia is very important, since Moscow and St. Petersburg disseminate much information on sustainable development, while other regions lack activities in this sphere.

SDSN Russia Youth Ambassadors project map
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8. SDSN membership benefits

  • Promotion of SDSN Russia members internationally, among organizations and individuals, engaged in sustainable development projects (UN General Assembly, high-level meeting on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, OECD Development Committee meetings);
  • Promotion high-quality education and research collaboration for sustainable development, according to best international practices;
  • Participation in the process of raising awareness about sustainable development agenda in Russia;
  • Participation in the development of recommendations for political decision-making;
  • Participation in resolving national problems, promoting practical projects under the SDSN brand, globalizing of local projects and implementing them at the international level, localizing (Solutions Initiatives);
  • International cooperation with SDSN partner organizations in the field of education, research, training;
  • Ability to use affiliation with SDSN to mobilize financial resources (fundraising).

How to join the SDSN network?

SDSN Membership is free.
You can submit the application form at
Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis.


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