Research in this direction includes the development of methodology and methods for studying the mechanisms of functioning and development of territorial communities at three levels: settlement level, regional level, and sub-regional level. Urban agglomeration is seen as specific, naturally evolving sub-regional community, which is now at the core of Russia’s strategic development. Sociological approach developed by the faculty members conceptualizes agglomeration as social space of interactions and formation of common labor market, markets of housing and services.
Another important research direction is monitoring of socio-economic situation in municipalities, as well as the directions for the development of local government in Russia.

Experts:
PhD in Economics, Docent Elizaveta Goryachenko 
Anton Karpov 
PhD in Sociology, Kirill Malov 
PhD in Sociology, Natalia Mosienko
 
Research is conducted in NSU, as well as at the Social problems section and Municipal management section at the Institute of Economics and Industrial Engineering, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Section of General Sociology at the Department of Economics
Institute of Economics and Industrial Engineering, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences