Human Capital Multidisciplinary Research Center

7.3.2 Spatial Analysis of the Factors of Regional Distribution of Human Potential in Russia and in the World

Igor Okunev
Project Leader

Project period


Context of Research Project within a Subject of Human Capital

Being the largest state in the world, Russia faces the need to develop a strategy for the optimal distribution of human potential across its territory, which, on the one hand, makes it possible to increase the global competitiveness of the state on the world stage, and on the other hand, to ensure uniform spatial development of all subjects of the country

This problem can be solved with the help of mathematical methods of spatial analysis, previously used mainly in physical geography (for example, in meteorology and seismology)

Project Aim

Determinate spatial econometrics by means of quantitative methods and create geoinformation modeling of existing trends in the regional distribution of human potential in Russia and in the world and identification of factors determining this territorial differentiation

Project Objectives

  1. Create a database of spatial data on human potential indicators (demography, education, health, ecology, gender equality, socio-economic development, etc.) for all countries of the world and regions of Russia; assessment of the nature of spatial distribution for all human potential indicators (at the global, macro-regional (by continent) and national level (for Russia)
  2. Identify regional clusters of high and low values of human potential, their mapping at the global, macro-regional (by continent) and national level (for Russia)
  3. Determinate factors of regional distribution of human potential indicators
  4. Identify the most similar cases of spatial distribution of human potential with Russia and generalize best practices of state policy in the field of spatial development, comparison of the experience of foreign countries and development of recommendations for public authorities and civil society of Russia

Key Findings


100 indicators reflecting various aspects of human development (demography, economics, finance, politics, equality, education and science, health, culture, ecology) with relevant statistics for all countries of the world have been collected, an author's cartographic basis for visualization and spatial analysis of data has been created.


The database The Structure of Modern International Relations: Spatial Weights of Neighborhood Based on the Geopolitical Proximity of the States of the World has been developed and registered


  1. Zhirnova L. Regional Trends in Electoral Support for Latvian Parties: the Neighbourhood Effect // Baltic Region. 2022. Vol. 14, no. 1, p. 138—158
  2. Okunev I, Zakharova E. The Greater Mediterranean as a Macroregion: Spatial Analysis (RU) // Polis. Political studies. 2022. No. 3. pp. 24-37
  3. Okunev I., Tislenko M. Geography of Socio-economic Inequality in the World (RU), Scientific Digest, Issue No. 2 (7). 2022