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The cities have always served as accumulating centers of human capital and financial resources. Developed communities in creative industries, science, and business make up the brand of the city and work as strong magnets for creators of new technologies and knowledge.

What prompts researchers, heads of corporations, start-up founders, designers, architects, and artists to choose a particular city?

Which megacities have an edge in the competition for the best minds?

To answer these questions, a team of experts from the Russian Cluster Observatory of HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge has developed HSE Global Innovation Index (HSE GCII).

HSE GCII highlights the underlying forces which pull actors of knowledge economy into the cities and estimates a combined influence of technological development, urban environment, and creative industries. The index encompasses 36 global centers. For the first time ever, the ranking was calculated at the city level, following a unique system of 120 indicators. This study undertaken by the HSE University is unparalleled in terms of depth and coverage. 

Methodology

The rationale behind creating the ranking is to offer a verifiable benchmarking solution for assessing the key factors of attracting talent into cities.

Our ranking is focused on leading companies (mega-corporations, breakthrough startups, leading universities) and outstanding individuals (Nobel Prize laureates, highly cited researchers, renowned representatives of creative industries). They are the face and gravitational force of the city, sending messages to all other members within and outside the community.

The sample of the study comprises 36 cities of various sizes, 14 of which are national capitals that innovators find particularly attractive. Each city is a frontrunner in patent and publication activities and scores high in relevant international rankings.

Solution. Our researchers examined 36 cities that stand at the forefront in terms of attracting innovative class and designed the Overall Global Cities Innovation Index (HSE GCII). The 120 indicators of the HSE GCII were grouped into three blocks, — namely Technological Development, Creative Industries, and Urban Environment, and 20 sections. In doing so, we were able to calculate the corresponding subindex scores and rank each city accordingly.

You may find individual city profiles in the analytical report with detailed results of the study and all of the cities’ ranks for every indicator.

An integrated HSE GCII methodology provides a new approach to measuring the innovative appeal of global cities.

HSE Global Cities Innovation Index – 2020

City HSE GCII Rank Technological
Development
Creative
Industries
Urban
Environment
New York 1 1 1 10
London 2 3 2 1
Tokyo 3 4 4 27
Beijing 4 2 6 11
Paris 5 7 3 4
Los Angeles 6 14 5 18
San Francisco 7 5 12 35
Moscow 8 8 8 5
Shanghai 9 6 14 21
Seoul 10 11 13 13
Singapore 11 9 27 2
Berlin 12 13 11 3
Hong Kong 13 16 7 20
Sydney 14 21 15 16
Barcelona 15 15 28 7
Stockholm 16 25 10 22
Boston 17 10 25 32
Toronto 18 18 20 14
Melbourne 19 22 19 15
Madrid 20 20 23 9
Washington, D.C. 21 12 34 26
Chicago 22 17 21 30
Munich 23 19 24 25
Milan 24 34 9 28
Taipei 25 32 18 8
São Paulo 26 31 17 24
Guangzhou 27 29 29 6
Amsterdam 28 26 22 19
San Diego 29 23 33 31
Mumbai 30 36 16 17
Houston 31 30 36 12
Seattle 32 24 31 33
Philadelphia 33 28 32 29
Frankfurt am Main 34 33 35 23
Tel Aviv 35 27 30 36
Brussels 36 35 26 34

Download the Report

Contacts

Evgeniy Kutsenko
the project’s supervisor,
Director of the Russian Cluster Observatory Centre at HSE ISSEK