+7 925 966 4690, 9am6pm (GMT+3), Monday – Friday
ИД «Финансы и кредит»






Regional Economics: Theory and Practice

Innovative development of single-industry towns: An overview of factors and support measures

Vol. 22, Iss. 1, JANUARY 2024

Received: 11 September 2023

Received in revised form: 6 November 2023

Accepted: 4 December 2023

Available online: 15 January 2024


JEL Classification: O30, О33

Pages: 154–173


Mariya A. NIKONOVA Central Economics and Mathematics Institute, RAS (CEMI RAS), Moscow, Russian Federation


Ekaterina V. AKINFEEVA Central Economics and Mathematics Institute, RAS (CEMI RAS), Moscow, Russian Federation


Subject. This article discusses the issues related to the diversification of the economy of single-industry towns in Russia.
Objectives. The article aims to assess the measures of State support aimed at realizing the innovative potential of single-industry towns.
Methods. For the study, we used a statistical analysis.
Results. The article determines that the current area of diversification of the economy of single-industry towns is the development of industrial tourism while maintaining the sectoral orientation of systemic companies.
Conclusions and Relevance. The volume of investments in the development of single-industry towns is insufficient, and many social problems have not been solved. The results of the study can be taken into account when developing programmes for the development of production in the context of international sanctions against Russia.

Keywords: single-industry town, innovative development, factor, support measure


  1. Gusev V.V. [Innovative company towns as potential points of growth of economy of the Russian Federation]. Izvestiya Saratovskogo universiteta. Novaya seriya. Seriya: Sotsiologiya. Politologiya = Izvestiya of Saratov University. Sociology. Politology, 2017, vol. 17, iss. 1, pp. 5–9. URL: Link (In Russ.)
  2. Dmitrieva E.O. [Development model of small businesses in single-industry towns of the Russian Federation]. Ars Administrandi, 2017, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 195–216. URL: Link (In Russ.)
  3. Burduli V.E. [The influence of regional authorities on the formation and development of entrepreneurship in Smolensk region]. Zakon i vlast' = Law and Power, 2023, no. 1, pp. 12–17. URL: Link (In Russ.)
  4. Alkhimovich I.N. [State support of small enterprises as a factor of diversification of the economy of a single-industry town]. ETAP: Ekonomicheskaya teoriya, analiz, praktika = ETAP: Economic Theory, Analysis, and Practice, 2021, no. 2, pp. 61–78. (In Russ.) URL: Link
  5. Bukhvald E.M. [Mono-company towns within the strategic planning system in Russia]. Teoriya i praktika obshchestvennogo razvitiya = Theory and Practice of Social Development, 2017, no. 12, pp. 75–78. (In Russ.) URL: Link
  6. Malyy V.I., Gusev V.V. [Russian innovation monotowns: positive experience in socio-economic development]. Vestnik Povolzhskogo instituta upravleniya = Bulletin of Volga Region Institute of Administration, 2020, vol. 20, iss. 5, pp. 40–48. (In Russ.) URL: Link
  7. Nikitskaya E.F., Osipova T.P. [Formation of an innovation system at the municipal level]. Internet-zhurnal Naukovedenie, 2017, vol. 9, no. 4. (In Russ.) URL: Link
  8. Tikhomirov D.V., Nikiforov V.M., Rusinov D.A. [State support mechanisms for investment projects in Russia: range of instruments and current state]. Izvestiya Sankt-Peterburgskogo gosudarstvennogo ekonomicheskogo universiteta, 2023, no. 3-1, pp. 82–90. URL: Link (In Russ.)
  9. Ugol'nikov V.V. [Innovative enterprises as a way to stable economy in single-industry towns (medical equipment production case study)]. Vestnik Kemerovskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya: Politicheskie, sotsiologicheskie i ekonomicheskie nauki = Bulletin of Kemerovo State University. Series: Political, Sociological and Economic Sciences, 2018, no. 2, pp. 146–151. (In Russ.) URL: Link
  10. Vorfolomeeva Yu.V. [Model of development of social entrepreneurship in monocity]. Shag v nauku = Step to Science, 2019, no. 2, pp. 106–109. URL: Link (In Russ.)
  11. Balashov A.I., Vasilieva E.A., Stolyarova D.A. [Social innovation in Russian cities: Assessing service management potential]. Vestnik Sankt-Peterburgskogo universiteta. Sotsiologiya = Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Sociology, 2022, vol. 15, iss. 4, pp. 424–440. (In Russ.) URL: Link
  12. Maslennikova A.Yu., Katvitskaya Yu.S. [Digital economy as a driver of development of single-industry towns in the Sverdlovsk region]. Agrarnyi vestnik Urala = Agrarian Bulletin of the Urals, 2019, no. 9, pp. 81–90. (In Russ.) URL: Link
  13. Oborin M.S. [Mechanisms for stimulating innovative development of single-industry towns in Arctic territories]. Gosudarstvennoe upravlenie. Elektronnyi vestnik, 2022, no. 91, pp. 105–119. (In Russ.) URL: Link
  14. Bezrukova A.A., Semenova V.I. [Investment and innovative development of single-industry towns in the context of optimizing economic interaction with local governments under pandemic conditions]. Vestnik Moskovskogo gosudarstvennogo oblastnogo universiteta. Seriya: Ekonomika = Bulletin of Moscow Region State University. Series: Economics, 2022, no. 2, pp. 36–48. URL: Link (In Russ.)
  15. Nurmukhametova M.I., Kolesnik E.A. [Problems of employment and unemploymentin single-industry towns: literature review]. Obshchestvo, ekonomika, upravlenie = Society, Economy, Management, 2021, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 5–12. URL: Link (In Russ.)
  16. Votyakova I.V., Vorob'eva E.S., Filippova N.A., Volchkova I.V. [Assessment of innovation potential of single-industry towns in the conditions of formation of the territory of advanced development]. Ekonomika stroitel'stva = Construction Economics, 2022, no. 2, pp. 12–19. URL: Link (In Russ.)

View all articles of issue


ISSN 2311-8733 (Online)
ISSN 2073-1477 (Print)

Journal current issue

Vol. 22, Iss. 2
February 2024