The university carries out research in several key areas:
Basic research is aimed at developing the social sciences and applying the university's academic potential to solving key socioeconomic challenges.
HSE Perm's International Laboratory of Intangible-driven Economy was formed in 2014 from a research group working on issues in empirical corporate finance, intangible assets, and intellectual capital. The Laboratory mainly focuses on researching the role of intangible assets in how companies create sustainable competitive advantages, as well as on conducting comparative empirical studies in this field. The Laboratory brings together scholars and junior researchers from HSE and universities across Europe and America. The Academic Supervisor of IdLab is Angel Barajas, a Professor at Spain's University of Vigo.
The university's Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Empirical Studies (ЛМЭИ) has also been carrying out research since September 2013. The Laboratory includes several research groups.
Adding to HSE Perm’s research endeavours is the Research Group for Applied markets and Enterprises Studies (AMES), which was created in May 2012 and is headed by New Economics School Professor Grigory Kosenok, PhD. In the group’s projects, researchers evaluate demand for goods or services, as well as production functions, which allows companies to address practical issues in various industries.
In early 2015, the research group Empirical Demand Estimation was created through the Academic Fund Grant contest. Group participants model demand and various aspects of consumer behaviour in several key markets: retail, mobile communications, online gaming, real estate, and electric power. All of the Empirical Demand Estimation group's projects bring together theoretical models and statistical and econometric methods to be applied to real data. The group’s studies are multidisciplinary in nature, uniting fields such as the empiricism of branch markets, operations research, marketing, and intellectual data analysis. The group is headed by Dmitriy Potapov, Associate Professor in the School of Economics and Finance and Deputy Director of HSE Perm.
In September 2014, HSE Perm established the Public-Private Interactions Centre (PPI-Centre), whose Academic Supervisor is Paola Valbonesi, PhD in Economics, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Management at Italy's University of Padova. PPI-Centre conducts multidisciplinary research on public and private initiatives such as contracts, procurements, and non-profit partnerships. The Centre accumulates the tremendous contribution HSE Perm staff has made alongside international researchers. The Centre works closely with public organisations and institutes, as well as with representatives of the private sector.
The university opened the Centre for Antiquity Studies, a project of HSE's Basic Research Centre, in 2011. Comprised of antiquity scholars from Perm’s state and pedagogical universities, the Laboratory was renamed the Unit of Historical Research in early 2013. The group’s main aim is to prepare, test, and publish the results of research on civil society in antiquity. The Academic Director is Professor Peter J. Rhodes.
In 2015, the Laboratory of Historical Informatics and Computer Archaeography was created as part of Historical Research Unit. The Laboratory’s Supervisor is Andrei Zakharov, PhD, who is the also the Academic Supervisor of several projects to create information systems in archaeography.
Applied research has allowed the university to build a solid model for fusing science, business, and society. At HSE’s Perm campus, the Centre for Applied Economics develops and implements new approaches and solutions in the sphere of corporate and public financial management and strategic planning. The Centre's customers include enterprises from the corporate sector, the government of Perm Territory, and other local government bodies.