“Cadaster” Institute is the first “brainwork” centre in the field of sustainable natural resource use in the modern Russia. It systemically develops socio-cultural methodology of environment protection management. The Institute was founded in 2004 by Georgy Fomenko, Doctor of geographical sciences, professor, academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. The legal form of the Institute is the socially responsible autonomous non-commercial organization. The organization is certified by the International Association of certification bodies IQNet for quality management systems (ISO 9001:2008) and environmental management (ISO 14001:2004).
Selection of the basic scientific priority is conditioned by the clear perception of responsibility for the society by the management and staff of the Institute, based on the necessity of comprehensive support to transition of the Russian Federation to sustainable innovation oriented development for improving quality of life of present and future generation. That type of development is based on the recognition of a possibility of attainment of economic growth while ensuring environment protection through application of modern technologies in the course of ecological modernization with reduction of environmental risks, first of all risks for human health.
This complicated and complex task can be addressed only through integration of natural-science, engineering, social and economic knowledge of the “Nature-Society-Man” system of relations based on the cultural wealth of people. The last provision envisages identification and use of cultural traditions of sustainable natural resource use and environment protection for improving quality of life, strengthening viability of social groups and peoples. Careful attitude to those traditions in combination with universal environment protection institutions, state regulators of direct action has high ecological modernization potential and can become a basis for sustainable development of countries, regions and local areas.
The most complicated scientific problem on this way, in the solution of which the Institute provides its input, is commensuration of ties among natural, social and spiritual processes and on that basis more precise definition of institutional feature of self-development of the “Nature-Society-Man” system at different levels of territorial organization.
In organizational terms the “Cadaster” Institute realizes synthetic, hybrid model of organizing scientific knowledge that incorporates:
Hybrid organizational model also envisages relevant methods of research process management — development of fundamental studies of unified research school (at the management level) and realization of scientific knowledge within specific research projects (within the framework of activities of the institution consisting of dynamic, often virtual groups). Thus, institutional environment and organizational conditions for effective research process, development of a research strategy, efficient addressing of emerging issues, dynamic and constructive dialogue with partners are ensured. Namely such flexible organizational model allowed the Institute to turn from control management to administration, based on training and trust.