The proposed working scheme is based upon an effective distribution of tasks, roles and responsibilities between the Russian research units and the European task force. The two Russian institutes will in fact be fully responsible for preparing, organising and carrying out the case studies and research work concerning local authorities and environment. The European teams, on the other hand, will prepare the theoretical basis and framework to bring forward the economic analysis of the institutes and the linked industrial apparatus.
The principle of common work on theoretical concepts in which all proposers take part, and on the realisation of case studies in smaller working units, bringing together two or three proposers for each one of the case studies will guarantee homogeneity of the joint research work and full scientific cooperation and exchange between the four organisations.
Finally, the publishing and proliferation of the results will be responsibility of the consortium as a whole. Moreover, Novosibirsk State University is intentioned make the case studies topics of its courses in applied and industrial economics.
The 1992 economic reforms implied a complete rupture with the past and forced a drastic reorganisation of research in Russia. For units involved in research this rupture means the necessity to take independent internal decisions, replace the old and no more functioning supply channels, find new means to access to capital (equity or debt), ... Previous research work as an activity with a monetary economic value, is the process that many research units and institutes are following to adapt to the new competitive environment.
In post-Socialism the Academy institutes are administratively and hierarchically under the Science Academy and can not be privatised. For this reason the "entreprisation" process, that has adapted many non-academy research units to market economy, is not engaged. The results is that Sciences Academy institutes have not transformed into "enterprises" and remain public research institutes. However, the disappearance of the socialist state has introduced economic and financial constraints that are putting at a risk the activity of the academy institutes. This has drastic consequences on the preservation of the Russian scientific and research potential: pauperization of scientific know - how and capital, industrial apparatus weakening its competitiveness.
The research project intends to analyze and fully comprehend the effects of the rupture on the Academy institutes and its consequences (research potential and economic repercussions).
To achieve these goals the project, which will last one year, will concentrate on the current situation of Akademgorodok and the adaptation of the Sciences Academy institutes to economic transformation. Akademgorodok is a "science city" created at the end of the 60's near Novosibirsk, in Siberia composed nearly exclusively of Science Academy institutes.
To carry - out the scientific project work a consortium composed by four organisations: CERNA (FR), Institute of Economic and Industrial Engineering (RU) and GHEA (IT) has been set-up. This will confer the task force the scientific and technical competencies necessary to carry - out successfully the research.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts