Moscow Institute for Social and Cultural Programmes

The Mechanics of Moscow. Research into an urban environment

About us

The Moscow Institute For Social and Cultural Programmes (MISCP) is an idea lab focused on research and development of urban environment and culture.

In 2017 MISCP became part of the Nekrasov Library, the central library of Moscow. The MISCP team contimues to do city and culture research.



Maria Privalova

Maria was appointed Director of the MISCP on January 30, 2015. Prior to that, she served at the Institute as a Senior Fellow, led special projects, was Director of the professional programme at the Moscow International Forum "Culture. Looking into the future."

In 2007–2013 as part of the design agency LimitedUnlimited Maria worked as curator and producer for various cultural projects, including: international design festival DesignAct; online store; "Waiting for the snow" and "What should happen in the woods?" installations at the Central House of Artists; the "Collected Works" festival in the Russian State Library, and many others.

Maria has also organized a number of educational projects (TEDxSkolkovo, TEDxMoscow, discussions on creative industries in the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, course on design for students of the Open University Skolkovo); was in charge of Moscow-related projects at Reframing Studio (Amsterdam).

In 2013–2014, she was a Senior Lecturer at the HSE Faculty of Design. MA in Economics, Higher School of Economics (2005). Specialization: Economic Sociology.


Alina Bogatkova

Alina provides organizational support for all MISCP projects. She also participates in developing methods and arranging workshops for employees of cultural institutions, provides communication between cultural managers and the research team of the Institute.

Alina graduated from MGIMO-University. She previously worked at the IBS-Plekhanov (International Business School), was Deputy Director of the State Museum of M. Bulgakov.


Aglaya Demidenko

Aglaya is engaged in the visual part of the Playtronica project, makes installations and exhibitions within the project. In 2017, the Playtronica exposition took prize at the Moscow Biennale of Design.

Aglaya worked both in several publishing companies (Independent Media, Interkrim-press) and as an independent illustrator, she designed corporate identity for various organizations.

Aglaya developed one of the souvenir sets for Gorky Park, created a concept and designed a gift shop for Yeltsin Center. She also prepared the visual part of the book "Other cities" published by the Higher School of Economics.

Aglaya graduated from the Higher Academic School of Graphic Design, the course of Boris Trofimov.


Yulia Chursina

Yulia is in charge of collecting sociological data. She works as an analyst in research projects.

MA in Sociology, Higher School of Economics.

Электронная почта

Eugenia Pozdnyakova

Eugenia is head of the Institute's Legal department. She provides legal advice and develops legal documentation.

Eugenia graduated from MGIMO of the MFA of Russia, Faculty of Law, specializing in copyright issues.

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