Maria Prygunova  is the Lab's researcher, the leading researcher of the department of Center of Advanced Economic Research.

Research interests include the interdisciplinary research in the field of sociology and economy, development of strategic documents of urban territories, social and economic development of the region or municipal unit, research on the development of small and average businesses in Russia and the Republic of Tatarstan. She took part in more than 30 scientific applied researches including 'Development of Strategy of the Social and Economic development of the city district "City of Komsomolsk-on-Amur" till 2032 and the Plan of measures on its implementation (the customer – City administration of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, 2017); 'Development of the program of complex development of transport infrastructure of the city settlement of Beloyarsk till 2020 and until 2030 and programs of complex development of social infrastructure of the city settlement Beloyarsk till 2020 and until 2030' (the customer – Administration of the city settlement Beloyarsk, 2016); 'Methodology of development of the index of business and economic activity of regions by considering the impact on them of external shocks' (grant of Russian Humanitarian Foundation No15-32-01353/15, 2015 – 2017). The author and the coauthor of more than 137 scientific publications including 47 peer-reviewed publications, 9 monographs.

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