About the Laboratory
The International Research Laboratory for Science and Technology Studies (LST) was founded in November 2010 as a part of the HSE ISSEK. It combines the expertise of leading research staff with a broad range of academic backgrounds and professional competences. The LST researchers have outstanding academic qualifications, the majority holding a PhD in social science, business management, mathematics and others. The Lab brings together senior and younger researchers as well as PhD students.
The LST research entity aims at conducting pioneer studies on evidence-based science, technology and innovation policy. The balance between solid scientific work and user-oriented projects for various stakeholders on the national and international level is another crucial factor of success which quarantees the Lab a unique advantage both in Russia and worldwide.
The LST has a threefold mission:
- Contribute significantly to the academic work and discussions on science and (S&T) technology and innovation policy with a focus on the development of conceptual frameworks, methodologies and metrics that can help make S&T and innovation policy more evidence-based
- Develop tailor-made solutions for S&T and innovation policy stakeholders in Russia and abroad
- Contribute to education through teaching and involvement of students in LST research
Analysing global science and technology development trends, monitoring and benchmarking S&T policies and anticipating S&T perspectives gained increasing importance during the last decades. This reflects greater awareness about the impact of S&T and innovation on socio-economic development. It is also due to the growth of knowledge-intensive service sector’s and research-intensive industries’ shares of GDP, an unprecedented wave of innovations drawing on new multidisciplinary knowledge with deep economic and societal impacts and the urge to adress global challenges in areas such as climate change; energy, health, food security; poverty reduction, and sustainable urbanisation.
The worldwide accumulation of practical experiences in the development and use of S&T policy tools results in progress in theoretical and applied research in this field. The new conceptual and empirical framework for S&T studies is taking shape. Foresight methodology is one of the most important tools for setting medium to long term S&T policy priorities and structuring a forward looking dialogue among relevant stakeholders. It comprises techniques for expert evaluation of prospects for strategic innovative development and action-oriented scenarios on future technological breakthroughs of major importance for socio-economic development.
The LST has two key research areas:
- Integrated methods and instruments for S&T research and S&T policy-making (including Foresight methodology, quantitative methods for S&T research and specific policy instruments)
- S&T and innovation policy monitoring and assessment (including global trends, prioritization and policy mix, evaluation of S&T and innovation policy)
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